Eric Jackson Rediscovers Knoxville, Part 2

Waking up in Knoxville means it’s breakfast time, and while we were told about a number of  places, the single place that everyone mentioned was Pete's. Walking in, it was easy to see that we were not being steered wrong. Three guys working the grill, Pete, the...

Eric Jackson Rediscovers Tennessee’s City, Knoxville

Rediscovering Knoxville, Tennessee...     In 1984, as a 20-year-old Yankee from New Hampshire, I was traveling to the Ocoee River in eastern Tennessee for the "Ocoee Double Header" kayak races in March. This was my first year of training full time to make...

The Reconstructive Power of 107,000 cfs at Rock Island, TN

One of the most prominent and used features at Rock Island, Tennessee from 1999 until 2009 was Brave Wave.    It is a wave I named the first time I got on it, which was after a big flood in 1999.      The eddy service is awesome, but you have...

Getting Powered up with the Angler 360…

I am quite excited about where we are going with the Angler 360 with the “E-Drive”….  My first prototype experience was over a year ago in Florida and we have been working hard on getting a USA Made electric motor drive done for our Flex Drive since then. We are...

Heavy Southeast Rains= Whitewater Kayaking Heaven

It has been an amazing winter in Tennessee and the SE USA in General.    Perfectly situated low and high pressure fronts have met in a way that parks the rain right over our drainages and dumps enormous amounts of water.    My son, KC, counted over...

EJ’s Thoughts about life:   New Year’s Eve- 2018…

  Like most people New Year’s Eve is a milestone for me.    I write New Year’s Resolutions every year that focus on my biggest priorities of my life:   Kristine, my Kids, my Athletics (kayaking and fishing) and my business, Jackson Kayak.  ...

Creeking season is here- Time to upgrade to the Nirvana!!

  Happy New Year everyone!! Every year in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic when the leaves come off the trees and the rains start, the creeks begin to run.       I remember way back when, when somebody in my kayak club, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers,...

10 Days in Uganda…

Emily changed her ticket to fly two days before me, so that she would more likely hit Nile Special Wave before it got flooded out.    She pulled it off and had a 4 hour session on the Nile Special at epic levels in her new Rock Star 4.0.     I...

How to camp out of  your fishing kayak

  It never occurred to me until recently just how few fisherman were camping out of their kayaks, and a part of it is not knowing just how to pack for light enough to get everything in the boat, or worrying about it not being fun due to not having the right...

The Rock Star 4.0- What You Can Expect From Your New Playboat…

With such a BIG change in our latest Freestyle Kayak design from the 2014 or 2016 Rockstar to the Rock Star 4.0, many people have wondered what they can expect with this boat... so many unanswered questions...   With a ton of experience in it now, by Team JK,...

“Just Paddling” an EJ Poem from 2002

10/23/2002 Long drive to the river. Short nights sleep. Cold, wet gear goes on, I shiver. Not a care in the world, I’m Just paddling. River’s low, so is money, Yet enough to get vertical and play, Then come home to dinner, and my honey. Life is good when I’m, Just...

Rock Star 4.0 Second Review, After 2 months of hard paddling…

  First impressions are critical for a new boat, as they give you insight into what to expect, when you have no feeling for the boat yet.    However, first impressions don’t provide the paddler with much of the benefits they will enjoy once they learn...

Rock Star 4.0 Second Review, After 2 months of hard paddling…

By Eric Jackson First impressions are critical for a new boat, as they give you insight into what to expect, when you have no feeling for the boat yet. However, first impressions don't provide the paddler with much of the benefits they will enjoy once they learn how...

Outside TV and Jackson Kayak Bring you a Video Contest!

By Eric Jackson Do you want to be featured on Outside TV? Enter any video of you in an outdoor or adventure sport (kayaking is the best one, of course… :)) in a contest Outside TV is calling their Campfire Video Competition. Jackson Kayak is giving away a...

Outside TV and Jackson Kayak Bring you a Video Contest!

Do you want to be featured on Outside TV?    Enter any video of you in an outdoor or adventure sport (kayaking is the best one, of course... :)) in a contest Outside TV is calling their Campfire Video Competition.        Jackson Kayak is...

Outside TV and Jackson Kayak Bring you a Video Contest!

By Eric Jackson Do you want to be featured on Outside TV? Enter any video of you in an outdoor or adventure sport (kayaking is the best one, of course… :)) in a contest Outside TV is calling their Campfire Video Competition. Jackson Kayak is giving away a...

Colorado Tour- The EJ Experience…

By Eric Jackson Downriver Race on the Numbers… Nick, EJ, Pat 1984-2015- 31 years where my obsession for competitive kayaking too the front row on everything I did. Why? Was that my curse or my blessing? Clearly, from my point of view, it has been my blessing. I...

Colorado Tour- The EJ Experience…

1984-2015- 31 years where my obsession for competitive kayaking too the front row on everything I did.      Why?  Was that my curse or my blessing?     Clearly, from my point of view, it has been my blessing.  I had something to sink...

The Making of the Rock Star 4.0…. 14  years of Prototyping….

By Eric Jackson Training in the 2004 All-Star- just a month before I win my 3rd World Championships in Sydney, Australia If you know me very well, you know that I love competition, love trying to be the best, and love a good challenge. If you know David Knight, you...

The Making of the Rock Star 4.0…. 14  years of Prototyping….

If you know me very well, you know that I love competition, love trying to be the best, and love a good challenge.     If you know David Knight, you know that there is only one way he does things… the right way.     When you combine the two of us,...

The Making of the Rock Star 4.0…. 14  years of Prototyping….

By Eric Jackson Training in the 2004 All-Star- just a month before I win my 3rd World Championships in Sydney, Australia If you know me very well, you know that I love competition, love trying to be the best, and love a good challenge. If you know David Knight, you...

Virgin Run of Rock Star 4.0 Provides the Goods!

By Eric Jackson “Feels like the First time… like it never did before… feels like the first time… like it never will again!” Foreigner Over three years since we made a new Freestyle Kayak…. That is the longest time in Jackson...

Virgin Run of Rock Star 4.0 Provides the Goods!

  “Feels like the First time… like it never did before… feels like the first time… like it never will again!”   Foreigner Over three years since we made a new Freestyle Kayak…. That is the longest time in Jackson Kayak history… well, the wait is over!  ...

Virgin Run of Rock Star 4.0 Provides the Goods!

By Eric Jackson “Feels like the First time… like it never did before… feels like the first time… like it never will again!” Foreigner Over three years since we made a new Freestyle Kayak…. That is the longest time in Jackson...

CKS- PaddleFest 2018- Taking Place in  Whitewater Paradise

By Eric Jackson Colorado Kayak Supply has been a staple supplier of whitewater kayaks and gear for decades. As a kid in New Hampshire in the late 70's, I used to get the CKS Catalog and drool over all of the cool kayak stuff. Today, things are not much different, the...

CKS- PaddleFest 2018- Taking Place in  Whitewater Paradise

Colorado Kayak Supply has been a staple supplier of whitewater kayaks and gear for decades.  As a kid in New Hampshire in the late 70’s, I used to get the CKS Catalog and drool over all of the cool kayak stuff.   Today, things are not much different, the...

CKS- PaddleFest 2018- Taking Place in  Whitewater Paradise

By Eric Jackson Colorado Kayak Supply has been a staple supplier of whitewater kayaks and gear for decades. As a kid in New Hampshire in the late 70's, I used to get the CKS Catalog and drool over all of the cool kayak stuff. Today, things are not much different, the...

Learning MixMaster Skills- Slicey Boat Technique Videos by EJ

By Eric Jackson Slicey Boat techniques were developed in the 90's and most of the top boaters from that period are no longer paddling and showing what can be done in them. There are a handful still out there, luckily, to provide examples of what can be done so the new...

Learning MixMaster Skills- Slicey Boat Technique Videos by EJ

Slicey Boat techniques were developed in the 90's and most of the top boaters from that period are no longer paddling and showing what can be done in them.    There are a handful still out there, luckily, to provide examples of what can be done so the new...

Antix action… EJ and Friends..

By Eric Jackson Sunday Morning…. 9am… Monday Morning….9am I got home from an FLW Tour Event Sunday night at 10pm…. at 9 am I was dropping into the gorge at Rock Island with Clay and Nick for a couple of Falls laps and Sieve City run…...

Antix action… EJ and Friends..

  Monday Morning....9am I got home from an FLW Tour Event Sunday night at 10pm.... at 9 am I was dropping into the gorge at Rock Island with Clay and Nick for a couple of Falls laps and Sieve City run...   Spring in the Southeast is always epic....  ...

Speedo Thursday Pays Off, EJ’s newest and biggest Sponsor- Speedo!

By Eric Jackson Speedo Thursday Pays Off- EJ's newest and biggest Sponsor- Speedo! 50th Birthday Part- Nile Special Wave- good friends and family… Speedo on… Maybe you were at the Ocoee recently and saw me sporting my new Speedo before or after paddling?...

Speedo Thursday Pays Off, EJ’s newest and biggest Sponsor- Speedo!

Speedo Thursday Pays Off-  EJ’s newest and biggest Sponsor- Speedo! Maybe you were at the Ocoee recently and saw me sporting my new Speedo before or after paddling? Maybe, you noticed that I have been in some fairly high profile places, seemingly out of place, in...

The all New MixMaster… Yes, unless you are a giant, you Fit in it!!

By Eric Jackson Emily and I were on the Ocoee River this weekend and we had a ton of people wanting to see the MixMaster in action and try it for themselves. A Greenville, SC paddler, Wade Harrison grabbed my 7.5 demo, and Abby Holcombe tried my 7.0, while Emily and I...

MixMaster Meets the Ocoee- by Eric Jackson

By Eric Jackson MixMaster Kayak Meets the Ocoee River with Eric Jackson, Dane Jackson, and Nick Troutman- an Old School/New School Boater's Perspective… The MixMaster is hitting a raw nerve for boaters all of all skill levels. It is about the lowest volume boat...

MixMaster Meets the Ocoee- by Eric Jackson

MixMaster Kayak Meets the Ocoee River with Eric Jackson, Dane Jackson, and Nick Troutman- an Old School/New School Boater’s Perspective… The MixMaster is hitting a raw nerve for boaters all of all skill levels. It is about the lowest volume boat that can be designed...

Jackson Kayak MixMaster Debuts on Ocoee!!!

By Eric Jackson EJ Blasting Broken Nose in his new MixMaster 7.0… OK, so I have been paddling slicey boats and designing slicey boats with David Knight since the 90's. With the creation of the X, XXX, and Forplay designs we created a trend that was followed up...

Jackson Kayak MixMaster Debuts on Ocoee!!!

EJ Blasting Broken Nose in his new MixMaster 7.0...     OK, so I have been paddling slicey boats and designing slicey boats with David  Knight since the 90’s.    With the creation of the X, XXX, and Forplay designs we created a trend that was...

Jackson Kayak MixMaster Debuts on Ocoee!!!

By Eric Jackson EJ Blasting Broken Nose in his new MixMaster 7.0… OK, so I have been paddling slicey boats and designing slicey boats with David Knight since the 90's. With the creation of the X, XXX, and Forplay designs we created a trend that was followed up...

2017 World Freestyle Kayak Championships Wrap-Up

By Eric Jackson The 2017 World Freestyle Kayak Championships ended in fireworks, rain, and some epic rides last night. Held in the desert, with most days in the 90's and dusty, we had a reprieve that included cool rains last night that threatened to close down the...

2017 World Freestyle Kayak Championships Wrap-Up

The 2017 World Freestyle Kayak Championships ended in fireworks, rain, and some epic rides last night.      Held in the desert, with most days in the 90’s and dusty, we had a reprieve that included cool rains last night that threatened to close down the...

2017 World Freestyle Kayak Championships Wrap-Up

By Eric Jackson The 2017 World Freestyle Kayak Championships ended in fireworks, rain, and some epic rides last night. Held in the desert, with most days in the 90's and dusty, we had a reprieve that included cool rains last night that threatened to close down the...

The Games are Open!

By Eric Jackson November 26, 2017 EJ World Championships Update Jackson Kayak has been the official Kayak sponsor of every World Freestyle Kayak Championships since 2009. Often people wonder what that means, exactly. What this means is that we find out what kind of...

The Games are Open!

  November 26, 2017 EJ World Championships Update Jackson Kayak has been the official Kayak sponsor of every World Freestyle Kayak Championships since 2009.    Often people wonder what that means, exactly.     What this means is that we find...

EJ’s Gives Some Beta/Insight into the 2017 World Championships

By Eric Jackson Official Program for the 2017 World Freestyle Championships Starts Tomorrow! Today is the final day of open practice for the World Championships here in San Juan, Argentina. Starting tomorrow the day is divided up by National Teams and practice is...

EJ’s Gives Some Beta/Insight into the 2017 World Championships

   Official Program for the 2017 World Freestyle Championships Starts Tomorrow! Today is the final day of open practice for the World Championships here in San Juan, Argentina.     Starting tomorrow the day is divided up by National Teams and...

EJ’s Gives Some Beta/Insight into the 2017 World Championships

By Eric Jackson Official Program for the 2017 World Freestyle Championships Starts Tomorrow! Today is the final day of open practice for the World Championships here in San Juan, Argentina. Starting tomorrow the day is divided up by National Teams and practice is...

By Eric Jackson Beautiful Chaos This update was written just before leaving home for Argentina. I just started putting a few thoughts down in this format that might be of interest to read. You have to click on the link to get to open the PDF, but hopefully, it is...

By Eric Jackson Beautiful Chaos This update was written just before leaving home for Argentina. I just started putting a few thoughts down in this format that might be of interest to read. You have to click on the link to get to open the PDF, but hopefully, it is...

This update was written just before leaving home for Argentina.     I just started putting a few thoughts down in this format that might be of interest to read.    You have to click on the link to get to open the PDF, but hopefully, it is worth it!...

Kristine Jackson- “The Mother of all Kayakers”

By Eric Jackson When people in the kayaking world and the Jackson Kayak world think of the Jackson Family, they often think about the kayakers in it. Emily, Dane, EJ, and even Nick, our awesome addition by marriage. What people don't usually see, but what is the...

Kristine Jackson- “The Mother of all Kayakers”

When people in the kayaking world and the Jackson Kayak world think of the  Jackson Family, they often think about the kayakers in it.    Emily, Dane, EJ, and even Nick, our awesome addition by marriage.   What people don’t usually see, but what is...

Kristine Jackson- “The Mother of all Kayakers”

By Eric Jackson When people in the kayaking world and the Jackson Kayak world think of the Jackson Family, they often think about the kayakers in it. Emily, Dane, EJ, and even Nick, our awesome addition by marriage. What people don't usually see, but what is the...

Dr. Jessie Stone does it again! Epic Camp for kids who need it.

By Eric Jackson 2017 Dr. Jessie Stone Kid's Camp Every year Jessie Stone brings whitewater kayaking to youth that could use some TLC in their lives, as well as something that they would not otherwise get exposed to. This year we were lucky to have 10 kids from the...

Dr. Jessie Stone does it again! Epic Camp for kids who need it.

2017 Dr. Jessie Stone Kid’s Camp   Every year Jessie Stone brings whitewater kayaking to youth that could use some TLC in their lives, as well as something that they would not otherwise get exposed to.    This year we were lucky to have 10 kids from the...

Dr. Jessie Stone does it again! Epic Camp for kids who need it.

By Eric Jackson 2017 Dr. Jessie Stone Kid's Camp Every year Jessie Stone brings whitewater kayaking to youth that could use some TLC in their lives, as well as something that they would not otherwise get exposed to. This year we were lucky to have 10 kids from the...

Jackson Kayak- Who we are and Why…. a short essay by EJ

By Eric Jackson Pushing the Envelope, one boat, one decision at a time… There has always been something unique about Jackson Kayak, a theme, if you will, that broke the trend of the kayak industry when we started. For that matter, there are many unique things...

Jackson Kayak- Who we are and Why…. a short essay by EJ

Pushing the Envelope, one boat, one decision at a time… There has always been something unique about Jackson Kayak, a theme, if you will,  that broke the trend of the kayak industry when we started.    For that matter, there are many unique things about...

Here is an Antix getting built from scratch and other cool clips.

By Eric Jackson Dickies wanted me to make a clip that showed my kayaking, and introduced my fishing, but mostly talked about the factory and showed a kayak being built. Steve Fisher and I put this together, Steve on the story board, camera, editing, and helping me...

Here is an Antix getting built from scratch and other cool clips.

Dickies wanted me to make a clip that showed my kayaking, and introduced my fishing, but mostly talked about the factory and showed a kayak being built.     Steve Fisher and I put this together, Steve on the story board, camera, editing, and helping me...

Completing the package- Small Antix is now a reality and shipping!

By Eric Jackson The Antix has really hit a nerve among kayakers of all levels this year with the top brass of Team JK taking them to the far corners of the Earth and running the #$%@ in them, as well as kayak schools making them workhorse boats of choice, and...

Completing the package- Small Antix is now a reality and shipping!

The Antix has really hit a nerve among kayakers of all levels this year with the top brass of Team JK taking them to the far corners of the Earth and running the #$%@ in them, as well as kayak schools making them workhorse boats of choice, and everything in between....

Completing the package- Small Antix is now a reality and shipping!

By Eric Jackson The Antix has really hit a nerve among kayakers of all levels this year with the top brass of Team JK taking them to the far corners of the Earth and running the #$%@ in them, as well as kayak schools making them workhorse boats of choice, and...

Dickies Brand Showcasing kayaking and fishing on their home page…

By Eric Jackson Dickies did a piece on their website about me along with a video by Steve Fisher that I think you will enjoy watching. It is a story about Jackson Kayak, and some of our accomplishments as well as a little glimpse into my work life. I am directing you...

Dickies Brand Showcasing kayaking and fishing on their home page…

By Eric Jackson Dickies did a piece on their website about me along with a video by Steve Fisher that I think you will enjoy watching. It is a story about Jackson Kayak, and some of our accomplishments as well as a little glimpse into my work life. I am directing you...

Nirvana- A Creek Boat for Rapid Decent

By Eric Jackson Rush Sturgis at Chaos, running the Nirvana prototype, photo by @pageskywalker When we began working on the Nirvana almost a year ago, we didn't plan on it being as user -friendly as the Karma, but we did expect it to be super fast. By the time we...

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