Dane Jackson Surfs Behind 90ft Yachts
World Champion kayaker Dane Jackson is best known for launching into first descents of waterfalls, setting speed records in whitewater, and traveling the globe with his kayak in search of adventure. That search for new firsts brought the 27-year-old to the waters of Biscayne Bay to ride the wake of two yachts.
Dane has a knack for sending it in style, whether it’s his descent of the Salto del Maule waterfall or his recent travels to the Zambezi River. Last year, he decided to do a supersized version of when he rode the wake of two wakeboarding boats, and with the help of wakeboarding legends, Parks Bonifay, Brian Grubb and Bob Soven he was able to realize his vision of riding the wake of two 90-foot yachts.
Jackson gives the term “Yacht Ride” new meaning as two 90-foot yachts simulate the perfect wave for kayaking. The yachts travel North and South in Biscayne Bay at a 45-foot distance, with speeds at an 11.5 knot average in 10-foot waters.
It was just one of those visuals you would never expect to get to see, two 90-ft boats hurling towards you. But then being able to be throwing tricks, on a decently sized wave, with those giants on both sides. It was somehow hilarious and awesome at the same time.