Are you bored with the mundane, yawn-inducing river kayaking your parents always talk about? So was Dane Jackson. And one day, Dane set out to completely change the rules of playboating by ambitiously dominating some hazardous holes (!). The result was extreme freestyle kayaking, a challenging new sport that combines precise maneuvers with unassuming trick names (Phonics Monkey, The McNasty) you'd think were taken from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
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At first glance, it seems Dane's missed his mark and is about to get a face-full of river punishment... upon closer inspection, however, you'll see Dane is in fact owning the river and taking no back-talk as he whacks it right in its river jaw with his paddle. Also, he's upside down performing said paddle-whacking, which is infinitely cooler.
Dude's home is in the water. He's the wunderkind son of champion world-class kayaker Eric Jackson, and lives out of an RV that's currently parked in Tennessee. This itinerant lifestyle enables Dane and his pack to travel the globe in search of the best and most dangerous rivers there are, as you can see in this pic of him just straight-up paddling over a waterfall like it's not even any of your business.
What may look like a deadly accident (why would you want to paddle over a waterfall?!) is actually just Dane, chillin', not giving a s***.
To really get an idea of how chaotic extreme freestyle kayaking can be, peep this gnarly video of Dane in Africa going completely bonkers in some fierce rapids. And be sure to check him out at the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, which'll hit North Carolina's Nantahala River Sept. 2nd-8th.