Photo by David Jackson

Photo by David Jackson

Dane Jackson


KNOWN FOR: Unparalleled interdisciplinary whitewater versatility, learning to kayak before some kids learn to read.

THIS YEAR: Whitewater's prodigal son continued to dominate competitions in all disciplines of whitewater throughout 2014 and 2015. On the freestyle side, Dane won the competitive Ottawa XL Freestyle. On the race side, he placed second in a near unbreakable tie with Isaac Levinson at the Green Race. Beyond competitions, he also upped the ante by logging an impressive first descent of the 110-plus-foot Encanto Falls in Veracruz, Mexico.

WHAT'S NEXT? Defending his title as Freestyle World Champion at Garburator Wave on the Ottawa River in August.

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