Competitive History

Eric “EJ” Jackson is the most decorated and winningest kayaker of all time.

At the International level, EJ is four-time and reigning World Champion. In Fall 2009, at 45, Eric will be trying to earn a record fifth World Championship title in freestyle kayaking. He will be competing against the hottest kayaking talent from around the world, nearly all of whom will be literally half EJ’s age. Joining EJ at Worlds, will be his daughter Emily, who will be seeking to add her second world title (2007, Junior Women’s World Champion), and son Dane, seeking to add gold to his collection of World Championship medals. (2007, bronze, Junior Men’s World Championships.)

Nationally and regionally, EJ is a multiple title holder of US National Freestyle Kayak Championships and is a regular feature at the top of the podium, in multiple kayak disciplines, at such prestigious events as Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Reno River Festival and the FIBArk Whitewater Festival.

Before the emergence of freestyle, EJ was deeply committed to slalom racing, earning a spot on the 1992 US Olympic Team. Finishing 13th, EJ was the top US finisher at those Olympics in Barcelona. A generation later, in 2008, EJ and his daughter, Emily, both qualified for US Olympic Team Trials, although they did not make the final team.