Why The Olympics Are a Bad Idea

“There’s no such thing as professional kayaker. It doesn’t exist…”

I’m sitting with four-time world champion kayaker, Eric Jackson. He’s a former US Olympian, coach, fisherman, author, filmer, boat designer, father-of-three. Just don’t call him a professional kayaker. Why?

“I’m just someone who wants to kayak as much as possible, wherever I want, at any given time.”

Jackson explains that his goal was never to make shedloads of money – or consequently be labelled as a pro. But 40 years on from when he started, he’s still making a living from the sport.

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