Support American Whitewater! Jackson Kayak

[please login to make this ad block disappear]

EJ Turns 50

How else would you celebrate your 50th birthday if you were EJ than by ripping up the Nile - in any craft imaginable - with friends and family? That's what the Jackson Kayaks founder did March 3 to celebrate his big day...

See any grey hairs? We can't tell...they're always under a helmet.
EJ started off the celebration with a big beach party at Nile Special. "We were surfing air mattresses, rafts, duckies, sit-on tops and boogie boards, and even swimming, all with a cooler of Nile Special on hand," he says, adding that the festivities even included a round of Frisbee golf around the Hairy Lemon.

"Everyone paddled some kind of craft other than a kayak up to Nile Special for multiple rounds of surfing," adds Jessie Stone, one of several paddlers on hand for the celebration "It was incredibly fun and an incredibly good work out. The whole day was about games and playing as many of them as possible on and off the water."

Then they took their kayaks to the wave, surfing, flipping and spinning their way into EJ's second half century. Joining him for the party were Nick Troutman, Dane Jackson, Steve Fisher, Stone, his wife Kristine, as well as "some Russians, Swedes, and a bunch of random girls," he says.

As for keeping up with the youngsters - or rather, them keeping up with him -- he says he still feels like he's at or near the top of his game. "Physically, I think I still have the advantage in endurance, strength and power, but technically they just keep progressing," he says. "And on a wave, both Nick and Dane are better than I am right now. Dane is the best in the world by far, so the bar is set high."

Adds Stone: "I really hope I am doing even some of what he is doing when I'm 50 -- I guess I have four years to train for it. I definitely drank a lot of the Nile that day. Lots of fun was had by all."

After the wave session, it was onto a booze cruise on the river for an even bigger celebration of all things EJ.
 
Paddling Life News on Playak is © and presented by:

 

Sponsors

JKPalm

 

NRS

Login to post here

supzero added a video. 8 hours 29 minutes ago

Building Plywood SUPs From Scratch

New Zealand-based sailor and woodworker David Trubridge shares his passion and process for making standup paddleboards out of plywood.

kayaked shared 4 photos in the Assassin Kayak Paddle Photos album 12 hours 28 minutes ago

Assassin Kayak Paddle by Backwater Paddle Company! Patented "hook and teeth" blade design is revolutionizing paddle sportsmen's stealth and... Show more

Photos are being loaded
kayaked added a video. 12 hours 31 minutes ago

Assassin Kayak Paddles...the most versatile paddles ever designed!!

the NEW Assassin Kayak Paddle is here!

Check out the all NEW assassin paddle from Backwater and Yakgear! this weapon of mass movement and freedom comes in 2 sizes that are both adjustable...

dbriggsc2 added a video. 2 days ago

Gauley @ 200CFS in 1996

Christine Hitz, Dale Briggs shot by DBriggs & Dave Shannon

wmatweyew added a video. 2 days ago

C6653ADC-D33B-4E3E-A420-E50049D3643D

dbriggsc2 added a video. 2 days ago

Kilber Valley 4 Canoeists & Bobby Combs K1

Video dale briggs footage

See the AUP for our Acceptable Use Policy and a Privacy Statement. Verein Playak is responsible for all editorial content on this site (including all graphics). No part of this site may be duplicated in any way without explicit permission from Verein Playak. Verein Playak takes great care to only publish original content, but since part of the content is user generated, we cannot always guarantee this 100%. If you notice any copyright violations, please let the editors know through the contact form and they will take appropriate action immediately. As a news and information platform, we republish small text snippets and thumbnail images, but always link to original content on other sites, and thus aim to adhere to a 'Fair Use' policy. If you believe we violate this policy in any particular case, please contact us directly and we'll take appropriate action immediately.