Dane Jackson on the final rapid of the Big Water Enduro race. Photo: Tait Trautman Photography
Kayaker Dane Jackson nabbed his second straight Whitewater Grand Prix title on Friday after winning the event's fifth and final race, the Big Water Enduro. Jackson outpaddled his competitors down Chile's Rio Futaleufú to secure the victory. The U.S. paddler grew up on the road, traveling from river to river in an RV with his family. His dad, Eric, owns Jackson Kayak and is a world champion freestyle kayaker. His sister, Emily, is also a world champion freestyle kayaker.
The last time Jackson won the event, in Quebec, it featured a combination of freestyle and race competitions. This year's event was all races, and the Whitewater Grand Prix Facebook page said Jackson was an underdog.
France's Eric DeGuil took second overall in the Whitewater Grand Prix, and the U.S. took four of the top five spots in the men's competition. Nouria Newman of France took home the women's title after winning four of five events.