Nirvana- A Creek Boat for Rapid Decent

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 finished the design, we ended up with a super friendly, fast, comfortable creek boat,...

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...

Rock Star and Nirvana time for EJ

By Eric Jackson I am driving to Colorado from Wisconsin today, switching gears from fishing to whitewater. I have had some great whitewater kayaking this season already, with high water everywhere, but I have 4 competitions in a row coming up. We'll start off in BV...

Rock Star and Nirvana time for EJ

I am driving to Colorado from Wisconsin today, switching gears from fishing to whitewater.    I have had some great whitewater kayaking this season already, with high water everywhere, but I have 4 competitions in a row coming up.       We’ll...

Rock Star and Nirvana time for EJ

By Eric Jackson I am driving to Colorado from Wisconsin today, switching gears from fishing to whitewater. I have had some great whitewater kayaking this season already, with high water everywhere, but I have 4 competitions in a row coming up. We'll start off in BV...

Why no April Fools Joke this year from Eric Jackson?

By Eric Jackson Sorry about not doing an April Fools this year, people were taking it to seriously! I want to start doing them again, so I need your help! Every year for as long as I can remember, April 1st was a day I could say anything to anyone and try to find some...

Why no April Fools Joke this year from Eric Jackson?

Sorry about not doing an April Fools this year, people were taking it to seriously! I want to start doing them again, so I need your help!  Every year for as long as I can remember, April 1st was a day I could say anything to anyone and try to find some elaborate...

EJ’s- How to Squirt and Splat the Jackson Kayak Antix

By Eric Jackson How to Squirt and Splat an Antix The new Jackson Kayak Antix has hit a nerve among kayakers world-wide. Its sporty river running/creeking character, light weight, fun surfing, and ability to get vertical on the stern makes it a unique kayak in today's...

EJ’s- How to Squirt and Splat the Jackson Kayak Antix

How to Squirt and Splat an Antix The new Jackson Kayak Antix has hit a nerve among kayakers world-wide.   Its sporty river running/creeking character, light weight, fun surfing, and ability to get vertical on the stern makes it a unique kayak in today’s world of...

EJ’s- How to Squirt and Splat the Jackson Kayak Antix

By Eric Jackson How to Squirt and Splat an Antix The new Jackson Kayak Antix has hit a nerve among kayakers world-wide. Its sporty river running/creeking character, light weight, fun surfing, and ability to get vertical on the stern makes it a unique kayak in today's...

EJ Interviews Crispin Powley, Strike King’s Sales Manager

By Eric Jackson Here is my Interview with Crispin Powley, Strike King Sales Manager, and fishing super star. “I got to know you as the Sales Manager for Strike King Lure Company, seeing you at trade shows, etc.. But you have had your share of tournament fishing...

EJ Interviews Crispin Powley, Strike King’s Sales Manager

Here is my Interview with Crispin Powley, Strike King Sales Manager, and fishing super star.     "I got to know you as the Sales Manager for Strike King Lure Company, seeing you at trade shows, etc..    But you have had your share of tournament...

The Life and Times of KC Jackson….

By Eric Jackson My third child, KC, is perhaps the happiest, most excited kid, I have ever known. He approaches some of the littlest things with the most enthusiasm. A big smile, loud, cheerful, uncontrolled screams of pure joy, followed by an adrenaline shot and him...

The Life and Times of KC Jackson….

My third child, KC, is perhaps the happiest, most excited kid, I have ever known.     He approaches some of the littlest things with the most enthusiasm.   A big smile, loud, cheerful, uncontrolled screams of pure joy, followed by an adrenaline shot and...

The life and times of KC Jackson….

By Eric Jackson My third child, KC, is perhaps the happiest, most excited kid, I have ever known. He approaches some of the littlest things with the most enthusiasm. A big smile, loud, cheerful, uncontrolled screams of pure joy, followed by an adrenaline shot and him...

Keep Up with EJ from your Phone!

By Eric Jackson I have a fun new way to select tidbits for you to read or watch on your phone. Sign up for occasional texts from me, with links to a short video, article, post, sweepstakes, etc.. The most you would receive is one/day, but I expect to send a few/week....

Keep Up with EJ from your Phone!

I have a fun new way to select tidbits for you to read or watch on your phone.      Sign up for occasional texts from me, with links to a short video, article, post, sweepstakes, etc..    The most you would receive is one/day, but I...

Eric Jackson’s Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Fisherman in the Family

By Eric Jackson Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. We go the extra mile to get our family and friends together, we smile a little easier, laugh a little easier, and take time to remember what is truly important in our lives. It is also a time where we...

Eric Jackson’s Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Fisherman in the Family

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.   We go the extra mile to get our family and friends together, we smile a little easier, laugh a little easier, and take time to remember what is truly important in our lives.    It is also a time where...

EJ’s History of the Jackson Kayak Whitewater Boat- Part 4 of 4, Final

By Eric Jackson Nick with the 2015 Rock Star- Detonator wave, downtown Alma, Northern Quebec, Canada 2014-15- In 2014 we created the 2015 Rock Star for the Garberator World Championships. This freestyle kayak is our best overall package to date, and we are sitting on...

EJ’s History of Jackson Kayak Whitewater Boats- Part 3 of 4

Meanwhile- we created another monster seller on the heels of the 2010 All-Star, in the play boat category, our first Rock Star in 2011.    High seating position, wider, shorter, faster, bigger volume, it kept the evolution moving quickly and set the stage...

EJ’s History of Jackson Kayak Whitewater Boats- Part 3 of 4

By Eric Jackson Meanwhile- we created another monster seller on the heels of the 2010 All-Star, in the play boat category, our first Rock Star in 2011. High seating position, wider, shorter, faster, bigger volume, it kept the evolution moving quickly and set the stage...

EJ’s History of Jackson Kayak Boats- Part 2 of 4

My first 3 seconds in the new Mega Rocker Evolution of our own designs: 2007     When I started Jackson Kayak, my plan was to redesign our key boats every three years.  A three year lifecycle and then make a new version.    We brought an...

EJ’s History of Jackson Kayak Boats- Part 2 of 4

By Eric Jackson My first 3 seconds in the new Mega Rocker Evolution of our own designs: 2007 When I started Jackson Kayak, my plan was to redesign our key boats every three years. A three year lifecycle and then make a new version. We brought an entirely new concept...

EJ’s History of Jackson Kayak’s Whitewater Boats- Part 1 of 4

By Eric Jackson Jackson family Kayaking; Caney Fork Rock Island, TN The Jackson Kayak story starts with the disappointing news by my then boss appointed by an investment capital firm to run Confluence, that “sorry, EJ, there isn't a market for the Ace 2.1” (a little...

EJ’s History of Jackson Kayak’s Whitewater Boats- Part 1 of 4

  The Jackson Kayak story starts with the disappointing news by my then boss appointed by an investment capital firm to run Confluence, that “sorry, EJ, there isn’t a market for the Ace 2.1” (a little kayak designed for Dane when he was 44 pounds)    I...

2016 Jackson Kayak Dealer Summit

Jackson Kayak is a business, created out of my desire to build a kayak for Dane, Emily, and myself that I was not able to build when I was with my previous employer.   Those humble beginnings and reasons for what we did then, are part of our DNA.      Today, we...

2016 Jackson Kayak Dealer Summit

By Eric Jackson Eric Jackson, walks home from kayaking in 2003 at sunset with his children Emily and Dane. The Jackson family live right down the road from the Caney Fork River outside of Rock Island, Tennessee. Jackson Kayak is a business, created out of my desire to...

An Interview with FLW/Quaker State Pro, Scott Canterbury.

  Scott after winning $125,000 at the Beaver Lake FLW Tour Event this spring. Eric: With $1,400,000 in winnings on the FLW Tour already in only 9 years, you are one of the most successful fishermen on tour.      Where did you first hone your skills?  Scott: I honed my...

An Interview with FLW/Quaker State Pro, Scott Canterbury.

By Eric Jackson Scott after winning $125,000 at the Beaver Lake FLW Tour Event this spring. Eric: With $1,400,000 in winnings on the FLW Tour already in only 9 years, you are one of the most successful fishermen on tour. Where did you first hone your skills? Scott: I...

“Mad Hatter” Freestyle Kayaking’s New Trick

There is always something new to learn when kayaking, no matter who you are, and you never know who you will learn it from!  The Mad Hatter… David Silk turned 18 this year and his kayaking skills keep progressing quickly with his age.    He was a great 16 year old...

“Mad Hatter” Freestyle Kayaking’s New Trick

By Eric Jackson There is always something new to learn when kayaking, no matter who you are, and you never know who you will learn it from! The Mad Hatter… David Silk turned 18 this year and his kayaking skills keep progressing quickly with his age. He was a great 16...

Watch Eric Jackson on Outside Television Premier of “Locals”

Hi Everyone, Season Three of Outside Television's most popular series debuts on Thursday, June 23rd at 9pm Eastern Time.   Cam McCaul is the new host after the loss of Erik Roner to a sky diving accident last year.    Cam did an awesome job on the shoot and I know the...

Watch Eric Jackson on Outside Television Premier of “Locals”

By Eric Jackson Hi Everyone, Season Three of Outside Television's most popular series debuts on Thursday, June 23rd at 9pm Eastern Time. Cam McCaul is the new host after the loss of Erik Roner to a sky diving accident last year. Cam did an awesome job on the shoot and...

Efficiency and Control: Paddling Tips for Kayak Fishermen

  Good Strokes will become a habit. I am writing my second edition of “Kayaking with Eric Jackson- Strokes and Concepts” for whitewater kayakers right now and wanted to extend some of the pertinent information kayak fishermen.    Right now there is very little...

Efficiency and Control: Paddling Tips for Kayak Fishermen

By Eric Jackson Good Strokes will become a habit. Controlling your kayak well around big fish equals more catches and bigger catches! I am writing my second edition of “Kayaking with Eric Jackson- Strokes and Concepts” for whitewater kayakers right now and wanted to...

Adventure Kayak Fishing World Championships-2016

Kayak fishing tournaments vary immensely in the way they are run and what that means to the participants.     One tournament stands out, however, from the rest, and is a true “kayakers” tournament that puts a premium on being able to kayak, not just fish.   That is...

Adventure Kayak Fishing World Championships-2016

By Eric Jackson Kayak fishing tournaments vary immensely in the way they are run and what that means to the participants. One tournament stands out, however, from the rest, and is a true “kayakers” tournament that puts a premium on being able to kayak, not...

April Fools Day- New Tradition Begins!

Each year I do some kind of weird April Fools joke and while it is amusing to some people it seems to get 80% of the people by surprise and it causes too much grief to continue this tradition.    This year I have decided that I would focus on the 80% and give them...

April Fools Day- New Tradition Begins!

By Eric Jackson Each year I do some kind of weird April Fools joke and while it is amusing to some people it seems to get 80% of the people by surprise and it causes too much grief to continue this tradition. This year I have decided that I would focus on the 80% and...

NEW 2016 Karma Traverse Crossover Kayak!

Assuring that we have the best kayak options for new and experience paddlers in all situations is a big focus for Jackson Kayak.   Our third generation Crossover boat  (following the All-Water and Rogue) really hit the spot.       The new Karma Traverse is everything...

NEW 2016 Karma Traverse Crossover Kayak!

By Eric Jackson Assuring that we have the best kayak options for new and experience paddlers in all situations is a big focus for Jackson Kayak. Our third generation Crossover boat (following the All-Water and Rogue) really hit the spot. The new Karma Traverse is...

Team Jackson Kayak’s Wesley Strader wins Bassmaster Southern Open

Wesley Strader won his first FLW Pro Bass fishing tournament in 2002 at 30 years old and has been fishing as a pro for 20 years now. Known by the other fishermen as the "every guy's guy",  Wesley seems more relaxed, friendly, funny, and at home on tournament day as...

Team Jackson Kayak’s Wesley Strader wins Bassmaster Southern Open

By Eric Jackson Wesley Strader won his first FLW Pro Bass fishing tournament in 2002 at 30 years old and has been fishing as a pro for 20 years now. Known by the other fishermen as the “every guy's guy”, Wesley seems more relaxed, friendly, funny, and at...

When the Kids Become Adults, and the Students Become the Teachers…

I can't believe that my kids are not only adults, but well into adulthood, self-sufficient, and masters of the sport of kayaking.   I believe it, of course, but for years it seemed like it was so far fetched and far away that I would never see this day.    Of course...

When the Kids Become Adults, and the Students Become the Teachers…

By Eric Jackson I can't believe that my kids are not only adults, but well into adulthood, self-sufficient, and masters of the sport of kayaking. I believe it, of course, but for years it seemed like it was so far fetched and far away that I would never see this day....

2016- Two New Eric Jackson Whitewater Kayak Instructional Books

By Eric Jackson Hi Everyone, I wanted to give a heads up that my “EJ's Rolling and Bracing” book is at the printer and will be available this spring. It teaches the rolling and bracing basics, the mental side, bomproofing your roll, and even helping to teach others. I...

EJ’s Boating Plans for 2016- Whitewater, Exploration, and Fishing…

You don't need to paddle a variety of waters, or a variety of boats to have a great time and explore new places... but why not?   This year I am fired up to keep pushing my personal boundaries and see new places, and see what I can accomplish in the name of fun in my...

EJ’s Boating Plans for 2016- Whitewater, Exploration, and Fishing…

By Eric Jackson You don't need to paddle a variety of waters, or a variety of boats to have a great time and explore new places… but why not? This year I am fired up to keep pushing my personal boundaries and see new places, and see what I can accomplish in the...

EJ- The Beginning of a New Mission in 2016…

My mind is not super complex, but it is quite self-driven.  I have learned that it needs to be occupied in the right ways to keep me from going on tangents that are bad for me or others.   To be more specific, if I am not trying to break new personal ground on a...

EJ- The Beginning of a New Mission in 2016…

By Eric Jackson My mind is not super complex, but it is quite self-driven. I have learned that it needs to be occupied in the right ways to keep me from going on tangents that are bad for me or others. To be more specific, if I am not trying to break new personal...

Lonnie Bedwell, Timmy O’Neil, and Eric Jackson on the Zambezi

Eric Jackson’s 2015 Zambezi Trip- Learning to see better through the vision of a blind man… It can be said that you don’t have to go somewhere new to do something new.    I have been to the Zambezi River quite a few times over the past 18 years.    I have gone where...

Lonnie Bedwell, Timmy O’Neil, and Eric Jackson on the Zambezi

By Eric Jackson Eric Jackson's 2015 Zambezi Trip- Learning to see better through the vision of a blind man… It can be said that you don't have to go somewhere new to do something new. I have been to the Zambezi River quite a few times over the past 18 years. I...

Lonnie Bedwell, Timmy O’Neil, and Eric Jackson on the Zambezi

By Eric Jackson Eric Jackson's 2015 Zambezi Trip- Learning to see better through the vision of a blind man… It can be said that you don't have to go somewhere new to do something new. I have been to the Zambezi River quite a few times over the past 18 years. I have...

A Jackson Kayak Commercial? Watch it here…

Kayak Fishing is certainly making fishing from a boat accessible to more people than ever before.    Jackson Kayak is a big part of the kayak fishing revolution with the creation of the high seating and standing platforms that are now seen in all major brands.  ...

A Jackson Kayak Commercial? Watch it here…

By Eric Jackson Kayak Fishing is certainly making fishing from a boat accessible to more people than ever before. Jackson Kayak is a big part of the kayak fishing revolution with the creation of the high seating and standing platforms that are now seen in all major...

My 7 Year old, KC, Really Likes Fishing in my Coosa HD now!

  When people ask me, "what if your kids didn't like kayaking, or fishing?", I have always used the analogy that an Apache warrior never had to wonder if his son would like to shoot a bow and arrow, it is just what they do.    Well, KC seems to love casting a...

My 7 Year old, KC, Really Likes Fishing in my Coosa HD now!

By Eric Jackson When people ask me, “what if your kids didn't like kayaking, or fishing?”, I have always used the analogy that an Apache warrior never had to wonder if his son would like to shoot a bow and arrow, it is just what they do. Well, KC seems to...

Being Back in Tennessee is Wonderful to Me

I am a big fan of traveling, seeing new places, having variety in my life. However, by October when I typically get back to Tennessee from 6 months of full-time traveling, I am fired up to be home.     Since coming home I have been working hard and fishing hard mostly...

Being Back in Tennessee is Wonderful to Me

By Eric Jackson I am a big fan of traveling, seeing new places, having variety in my life. However, by October when I typically get back to Tennessee from 6 months of full-time traveling, I am fired up to be home. Since coming home I have been working hard and fishing...

Inspiration: Kayaked the Gauley River Blind! Lonnie Bedwell

Everyone loves an inspirational story of someone who knows how to live life, and accomplish things that most don't, with a major handicap.   Lonnie Bedwell is one of those guys.    Lonnie was formerly a petty officer in the Navy but he lost his eyesight 15 years ago...

Inspiration: Kayaked the Gauley River Blind! Lonnie Bedwell

By Eric Jackson Everyone loves an inspirational story of someone who knows how to live life, and accomplish things that most don't, with a major handicap. Lonnie Bedwell is one of those guys. Lonnie was formerly a petty officer in the Navy but he lost his eyesight 15...

A Chronicle of my Favorite Orange Board Shorts- R.I.P.

  I never imagined writing about a pair of shorts.   When I ripped through my favorite orange board shorts this summer, it occurred to me just how many adventures I have been on wearing them.     First, off, what made them my favorites in the first place?    They...

A Chronicle of my Favorite Orange Board Shorts- R.I.P.

By Eric Jackson I never imagined writing about a pair of shorts. When I ripped through my favorite orange board shorts this summer, it occurred to me just how many adventures I have been on wearing them. First, off, what made them my favorites in the first place? They...

The Jackson Family on TV?

Well, it has been hard to keep it quiet for a year, but the Travel Channel and "Susie Films" production company have partnered with the Jackson Family to produce 2 Pilots for a "Docu-Follow" style reality TV show called, "Jackson Wild".    The first show, from the...

The Jackson Family on TV?

By Eric Jackson Well, it has been hard to keep it quiet for a year, but the Travel Channel and “Susie Films” production company have partnered with the Jackson Family to produce 2 Pilots for a “Docu-Follow” style reality TV show called, “Jackson Wild”. The first show,...

2016 Rock Star- The Full Scoop by EJ

Designing a kayak to be specifically targeted for one World Championships feature, always sounds limiting to anyone who hears it, if they don’t know the entire story.  When I told people I was designing my next freestyle kayak with David Knight, and it will be...

2016 Rock Star- The Full Scoop by EJ

By Eric Jackson Designing a kayak to be specifically targeted for one World Championships feature, always sounds limiting to anyone who hears it, if they don't know the entire story. When I told people I was designing my next freestyle kayak with David Knight, and it...

Happy Independence Day to the United States of America!

On behalf of everyone at here at Jackson Kayak, we want to wish our fellow countrymen a big happy birthday!    If you are not from the USA, your country's birthday is coming soon I am sure.    Today is the USA's 239th birthday!   So young, but yet so much has happened...

Happy Independence Day to the United States of America!

By Eric Jackson On behalf of everyone at here at Jackson Kayak, we want to wish our fellow countrymen a big happy birthday! If you are not from the USA, your country's birthday is coming soon I am sure. Today is the USA's 239th birthday! So young, but yet so much has...

Results for the 2015 USA Team Trials for Juniors and C classes

The 2015 World Championships are on the Garburator Wave on the Ottawa River in Canada this summer.   I believe the USA is the last country in the world to select their team.    Today was the beginning of that process with the Junior Men and Women's Teams being...

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