Age: 22 | Rock Island, TN
Known For: Unparalleled interdisciplinary whitewater versatility, learning to kayak before some kids learn to read.
This Year: Last August, Dane defended his title as the Freestyle World Champion in K1 and also took gold in C1 and silver in OC-1, basically dominating the entire competition. His freestyle legend secure for another year, Dane turned to racing, with a first-place tie at the Green Race, and a win at the Lord of the Fork race to boot. He spent the winter hucking waterfalls in Mexico and Hawaii before returning to the mainland to take second place at the Little White Salmon Race, then win two events at the North Fork Championship, in Boater X and the Elite Division. Dane also took time this winter to aid the development of the sport by coaching the first ever African Freestyle Development Camp on the White Nile in Uganda.