Dane Jackson is just 21-years-old but he’s already at the top of his game when it comes to whitewater kayaking. His passion and drive have taken him to some of the most jaw-dropping locations around the world, and even scored him a deal with Red Bull, one of the biggest authorities when it comes to extreme sports.
Dane shares some unique bonds with his father, Olympic kayaker Eric Jackson. Besides their love of the sport, both he and his dad were born with severe hearing loss.
“Hearing loss hasn’t necessarily been a huge obstacle when it comes to kayaking,” Jackson said. “…It’s more about communication between myself and another athlete that it becomes maybe an issue. Maybe they are trying to tell me something important about a rapid or drop that’s coming and I can;t hear them but that’s where lip reading comes in handy for me.”
To see more of Dane and his skills, check out his episode of “Primer Descenso: Michoacán.”