Paddlers in Jackson Kayak’s Star series of whitewater kayaks claimed 13 of the 18 available World Championship slots in the US National Freestyle Kayak Team Trials that concluded here today.
The All-Star swept the podium and the teams in both the junior and senior men’s competitions. Only reigning champs and members of the US National Team are eligible to compete at the International Canoe Federation World Championships in Plattling, Germany next June. Jackson Kayak founder and president Eric Jackson said the Star may well be one of the most successful boat designs in history. Designed specifically for freestyle kayaking, the Star was among the first boats Jackson released when he founded the company in 2004. With each of two scheduled design updates, the Star has become more dominant in competition results. Since 2004, the boat has been on the US and World Championship podium stage more than all other boats by other manufacturers combined. Founded in 2004, Jackson Kayak is the leading manufacturer of whitewater kayaks and also makes family-friendly boats for the recreation touring and river fishing markets. The following is a list of the new US National Freestyle Kayak Team. Paddlers in boats OTHER than Jackson Kayak are indicated with an asterick.
C1: Dane Jackson Jordan Poffenberger* Seth Chappelle*
JR Women: Lauren Burress Hannah Kertesz*
JR Men: Jason Craig Dane Jackson Nico Tonozzi Eric Bartl
SR Women: Emily Jackson Jessie Stone Erin Clancey Haley Mills*
SR Men: Stephen Wright Dustin Urban Eric Jackson Clay Wright Bryan Kirk*