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Always One Of The Best Days Of The Year

Always One Of The Best Days Of The Year
Always One Of The Best Days Of The Year

Racing the Green Race is so epic on it’s own, but it’s also the off water experience that makes it one of the best days of the year. Everybody wants to have a good run, but in the end everyone is just so fired up to be there. Even if someone has a bad run or even swims, they are still smiling and enjoying hanging out. The energy is always insane, the stoke is so high as people come through, it’s just a day I look forward to all year long.

Dane Jackson
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1st Green Race Training Lap

Every year I am always so fired up for the first long boat training lap on the Green. This year I was especially fired up because normally I have to do my first lap and shake off the cobwebs just a few days before the race, this year I got to do mine a whole month before. Although since then there has hardly been any days to do more training, it has helped being able to spend more time in a long boat than I normally would get before the race. This wasn’t the Sub 4 debut run I was looking for, but pulling out of the start line for the first time gets me every time. Now only a few weeks away, let’s hope I can get some more laps and clean up the lines!

DAne Jackson
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Spring Is Finally Here

Spring Is Finally Here
Spring Is Finally Here

Recap of the last few weeks boating in la Araucania.

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Antix – Upper Gauley

Antix – Upper Gauley

Though every run that I have gotten the new Antix on has been dope, I have been waiting for the chance to get it on the Upper Gauley. I just knew it was gonna be so fun, and the ultimate boat for it. I was definitely not disappointed, it was better than I expected. With the 2.0 it just seemed like there were 10x as many moves as there was before, all the way down to even the final rapid. Every little seam was possible to hold an endless squirt, and the ferries and moves were even better with that extra speed. It didn’t hurt that I got to paddle with Stephen and Clay who had been there all summer, so they were able to show me all the new moves they had found. I was absolutely exhausted by the end, but I could do that day after day, and continue to find new moves every time. It was glorious.

Dane Jackson
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Things Can Get Rowdy Out There

Things Can Get Rowdy Out There

The Green is special in itself but 200% is up there with one of the best days on the water. Anything up to 21-22″ the run is nothing but joy to bomb down. But once you move past around the 22″ mark things start to escalate quickly and every inch starts to add a lot of water in that steep section. Most of the run continues to be as glorious as ever, but Gorilla into the slides start to become absolutely stout. I made a pit stop headed elsewhere at the put in exit for the Green, which turned out to be the best decision ever, cause I woke up to a ton of rain. Not only was the Green back at epic flows, but Big Hungry creek was flowing in giving the perfect combo. Matt Anger picked up the call, and it was just another rowdy, but glorious lap!

Dane Jackson
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El Rio Claro

El Rio Claro
El Rio Claro

Outside of Molina, Chile, lies one of the most incredible places to experience. The rio Claro is a river that you can only truly appreciate its glory, and many sections are only possible to access, by kayaking it. It is about as narrow, and committing as kayaking gets. It is one of my favorite runs in the world, and by far one of the most beautiful. The chrystal clear water, the towering overhanging walls of the gorge, and the endless drops. It is a place like one other, and I am always counting down the days till I can drop back in.

Dane Jackson
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High Water Vent

High Water Vent
High Water Vent

Remember the river we cleaned the lines up on by cutting out the trees so it would be in prime condition when the high water came? The highwater is here and the river is amazing. It’s named the Venter Ache for anyone wondering.

Senders
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Dane Jackson – Lower Rauma

Dane Jackson takes a very stout run down the Lower Rauma.

Dane Jackson - Lower Rauma
Dane Jackson – Lower Rauma

I had grown up seeing so many videos of one of the biggest classics of Norway, the Lower Rauma. Finally getting the chance to experience it was unreal and it was everything I could have imagined, and more. I not only ended up getting the 3rd descent of Brennenfossen which is an ultra stout that Bren first descented in 2016. I also ended up deciding to run Flemmingsfossen which is one of the most intimidating drops I have done as it has a very hard lip to line up, as well as only about a 20ft window where the drop doesn’t land on rocks. It was one hell of a day and I definitely can’t wait to get back to it, although I don’t think I will be running those 2 stouts again.

Dane Jackson
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High Water Myrkdal

Dane Jackson take a run down a high water Myrkdal.

High Water Myrkdal
High Water Myrkdal

The boys didn’t waste any time to get me straight into the stouts for my first day ever in Norway. We put onto the Myrkdal-selva which is one of the sickest runs, but generally done lower. Once on the water the boys made it clear it was higher than they expected, but that didn’t stop us. They just gave me beta the whole way with no scouting. After the first big sequence I was definitely gripped, but I started to get more comfortable as the day went on. It was a a hell of a first day, plenty of stout holes, and nothing but good times.

Dane Jackson
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The Archive – Upper Oetz

The Archive - Upper Oetz
The Archive – Upper Oetz
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Tumwater Canyon 10000 CFS

Tumwater Canyon 10,000 cfs
Tumwater Canyon 10000 cfs

What a day on Tummy! Sam Grafton, Ben Marr, and Ben Kinsella did the Tum-flush and ran everything. They are beasts and took some stage beatings and had epic lines!

Here are some shots of myself running the Wall, Dam, Chaos, and other easier rapids. What a river, bigger rapids than the Stikine and 5 mins from downtown Derr-town. Enjoy

Evan Garcia
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4 Of The Best Kayaking Rivers In The World

4 Of The Best Kayaking Rivers In The World
4 Of The Best Kayaking Rivers In The World

Discover 4 of the most amazing kayaking locations from across the world. Join Nouria Newman, Aniol Serrasolses, Benny Marr and Dane Jackson as they travel across the world to find the best Kayaking spots in the world!

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