|Hometown||Rock Island, Tennessee|
|Events||MK-1 , Extreme Slalom|
|Years On Team||34 (since 1989)|
|Club||Team Jackson Kayak|
|Schools/Work||Founder/President - Jackson Kayak, Apex Watercraft|
|Hobbies||Fishing and Disc Golf|
“On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions, who at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest and resting died.” – Churchill
7 Things You Didn't Know about Eric Jackson
- Eric, also known as EJ, created and named more freestyle moves on the score sheet than any other athlete and his instructional materials are the most used today.
- EJ is a Professional Bass Tournament angler on the FLW Tour and has made his life on the water for over 40 years.
- A reputable kayak designer, he founded Jackson Kayak in October 2003, which has been the best-selling brand worldwide for the past 15 years. EJ's most recent creation, Apex Watercraft, is revolutionizing the kayak market for the second time.
- Eric is mostly deaf.
- He is often referred to as “Boatercross” in the general kayaking arena.
- EJ won six out of seven Gorge Games Extreme Slalom events, against the world’s best, as well as dozens of these races across the USA and Europe.
- He is the author of four instructional books and eight videos teaching many aspects of whitewater kayaking, including river running, playboating, rolling and bracing.
Olympics1992: MK-1, 13th place
World ChampionshipsSlalom: 16th place (1989), 14th place (1991) 23rd place (1995) 19th place (1997)
Four-time freestyle world champion: 1993, 2001, 2005, 2007
Tacen 1989: 5th place
Augsburg 1989: 6th place
Bourg 1989: 7th place
U.S. Team TrialsSlalom:
1989, 1990, 1991, 1995: 2nd place
U.S. National Championships1990 MK-1 National Champion
More On Eric Jackson
Eric is a member of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame, a 2x Everest Award Winner, and a World Paddle Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
His two children, Dane and Emily, are freestyle world champions.