Dane Jackson is whitewater. Originally from Tennessee, Dane grew up traveling the USA in an RV with his family. Chasing perfect whitewater, Dane was homeschooled by his mother and followed kayaking competitions with is father, Eric Jackson.
At a young age Dane dominated nearly every junior world title and by 2011 he started winning pro-level contests like the IFC Freestyle World Championships. Following in the footsteps of his father, Olympic paddler and founder of Jackson Kayaks, Dane distinguished himself as more than just Eric Jackson’s son.
The paddling prodigy has been featured in countless magazines and has racked up over 80 first-place finishes in freestyle kayaking competitions. I sat down with Dane between events at the GoPro Mountain Games to learn more about the whitewater loving paddler.