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Jackson Kayak Begins Shipping its New Karma Whitewater Kayak

Industry leading whitewater manufacturer brings new creek boat into the market place to immediate high praise.

November 14th, 2012 – Jackson Kayak of Rock Island, Tennessee has begun shipping its newest whitewater kayak, the creek running Karma Series. Available in three sizes (small, medium and large), the Karma adds an exciting new line of steep river performance boats to their growing river running products.


Following the footsteps of the 2012 release of the speedy Zen, Jackson Kayak has taken the hull design of the popular Zen and built the accents of an elite creek kayak. The end result is a unique blend of speed and creek performance. This 4th generation creek kayak improves on its classic outfitting with its Uni-shock bulkhead, improved Sure-Lock back band, new stainless steel grab handles as well as Jackson Kayaks full Boat Armor Outfitting: seat brackets, welded floor support, Thermo U-channel, 4 lb density walls and Thermo Seat.

The Karma debuts as the fall creek season begins in the Southeast and has already seen great performances in two late season races, matching the short course record at the Russell Fork Creek Race and the legendary Green River Race where it found great placing in the Short Boat class.

“Bow to stern, the Karma creates confidence and excitement, putting a smile on my face,” states Jackson Kayak President, Eric Jackson. “Where have you been all of my life?”

“The Karma takes the all-out creekability of the Villain series and adds extra speed, surfable planability, and taller sidewalls to create a Zen / Hero / Villain evolution with the best features of each craft,” adds whitewater guru and team lead, Clay Wright. “The Karma comes back around to exactly where Jackson Kayaks should be for 2013 taking the innovative planing hulls we are famous for into a package designed for the wildest whitewater arenas in the world. “

About Jackson Kayak: Jackson Kayak was founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt. Currently located in Sparta, Tenn., near the Caney Fork River, Jackson Kayak designs, builds, and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing and exploration paddlesports products. With the moto “Build it like it’s your own”, all of their products are Made in the USA in growing support of the local Tennessee economy. Market leaders in both the whitewater and kayak fishing kayak manufacturing and strong in the exploration sector, Jackson Kayak continues to introduce new product lines each year; this year including a new SUP line amongst 8 new products for 2013. Jackson Kayaks success is largely due to delivering high quality products through paddlesports specialty shops globally; all supported by regional, national and international team members who are engaged to promote the paddling lifestyle.
CONTACT: James McBeath613-256-0598