Meet the USA Freestyle Kayak Squad; Next Stop, England Worlds!


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Well, the USA Freestyle Kayaking Team’s Team Trials at Oklahoma City’s RiverSports Whitewater Center are all said and done, after a whirlwind of high-flying loops, McNasty’s and other high-end moves, the team members have been announced for the coveted spots on the US team for the 2022 ICF Freestyle World Championships in Nottingham, England.

The results are both predictable and not so. It’s a family affair for the Jackson clan, with Dane, Emily and proud papa EJ all making the team, as well as a few other venerable vets (nice work, Stephen Wright!) and newbies. Now it’s onto England later this year to see how they all match up against others of the world’s best.

As for the team being all in the family for the Jacksons, Emily feels there’s plenty more to come.

“Why would it  be the last time we were all on it?” she says. “Showing up is 90% of it…and my dad will and continues to show up for this sport in so many ways and therefore he has had some amazing opportunities, such as representing the US for the millionth time and once again with both kids.

“It feels really good to share the eddy with my family,” she adds. “I am blessed to have an excuse to make sure we prioritize that time, and I can’t wait to paddle together in England.”
As for the strength of the team overall, that, too, is a formidable force.
“This team has a ton of  strength, lots of young kids coming up and honestly a team that has a ton of experience,” she adds. “The US Team tends to be very resilient and positive and aware that we do this because we love it, which I think gives us an edge at the World Championships level.”

And here’s a partial list of the line-up:

Men’s Team


Men’s C-1

Landon Miller, Dane Jackson, Jordan Pofferberger, Kaeline Friedenson

Men’s JR

Cashion Shirley, Leverle gal, Landon Miller, Ian Cieslak

Women’s JR

Abby Holcombe, McKinley Hargrove, Elanor Knight, Aubrey Graer, Chloe Spears, Mary Hargrove


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