Dane Jackson

Freestyle kayaker, who says: 'do what you love and love what you do.'

Kayaker Dane Jackson on the Alseseca River in Mexico
© Alfredo Martinez/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Dane Jackson. My discipline is whitewater kayaking. I was born on 19 July 1993 in Washington, DC. My special talent is being outside. My philosophy of life is do what you love and love what you do. The most important person in my life is my dad. He’s always been there and made me the person and athlete I am today. My favorite food is anything with meat. My favorite music is anything that gets me fired up.


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.


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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Lord of the Fork

      Kentucky, USA

  2. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: Sickline Austria

      Oetz, Austria

    2. 1st Place: North Fork Championship

      Idaho, USA

    3. 3rd Place: GoPro Mountain Games – Kayak Freestyle

      Vail, Colorado, USA

  3. 2015
    1. 1st place, ICF Freestyle World Championships, K1

      Ottawa River, Canada

  4. 2014
    1. 1st Place: Whitewater Grand Prix

      After winning the event in 2011 (Canada) and 2012 (Chile) Dane Jackson clinched this title for the third time in 2014.


  5. 2013
    1. 2nd Place: ICF Freestyle World Championships (OC-1)

      Bryson City, USA

    2. 1st Place: ICF Freestyle World Championships (K1)

      Bryson City, USA