The outdoors is where I have made my life and my living for the past 30 years. Moving my family into an RV full time in 1997, traveling, kayaking, fishing, camping, competing, and designing products and accessories for kayakers.
While I am best known for my whitewater kayaking achievements, including 4 World Championships titles, Whitewater Hall of Fame inductee, and over 100 wins in the past 15 years, my bass fishing has taken a bigger role.
Jackson Kayak was born in 2004 out of my desire to be free to create products that are market leading, niche, and relevant to enthusiasts. Our team are real people putting our products to use in the most extreme of situations and truly need the top end performance capabilities of the products we make. I am looking forward to years of hard use of my Orion Coolers at home, in my truck, RV, Boats, camping, and more. Follow my exploits here, on Facebook, or catch me somewhere around the globe. It is refreshing to have a new, important, piece of equipment to make at Jackson Kayak, and to be able to help it evolve and grow by putting it to good use, and working with the designers on ideas that come from that use.
I am hoping that my life is remembered as one of adventure, daring, and breaking new ground, while doing well for others and cutting new paths for others to follow. There are also things I am bringing with me on my life journey that are...read more
The Jackson family heads out on an overnight adventure in their Nissan Titan. Learn more about this vehicle and how it stands the test of adventure!read more
One of Nick Troutman’s favorite features of the Ottawa River in Canada is the camping. Most people wouldn’t think of this being that for 99.9% of of the paddling community they only ever think of the Ottawa as a day run, especially with all the easy access Put-in and Takes outs, or Park and Play options. Read more:read more