Dane Jackson knows whitewater. The freestyle kayaker grew up travelling the USA in an RV with his family, getting homeschooled by his mother and chasing kayaking competitions with his father, Eric Jackson, an Olympic paddler and founder of the company Jackson Kayaks.
Dane dominated nearly every junior world title early on in his career and by 2011, he starting winning pro-level contests like the Whitewater Grand Prix and the IFC Freestyle World Championships, distinguishing himself as more than just his father’s son.
The paddling prodigy has been featured in Kayak Session and Rapid Magazine, launched first descents of waterfalls in Mexico and beyond, and has racked up over 80 first-place finishes in freestyle kayaking competitions.
“I respect every athlete who loves what they do and pushes themselves and their sport,” says Dane. The Tennessee native still travels eights months out of the year, attending events, clinics, and living his passion.