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I watched this young man grow up both physically and mentally over the past 4 years and I am very proud to present him as an ambassador for Jackson Kayak and paddling in general. Look for the biggest loops ever at Hell Hole, or any move anywhere going down the river!!! Welcome Jonathan!

Jonathan Shales

Age: 17
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 135
Favorite boats: All Star, Rocker, Fun, And Ricochet


Hello my name is Jonathan Shales and I am from Huntsville, AL. My father got me into boating at a young age. Since then it has molded my life, introduced me to many people and friends I could have never experienced anywhere else in the world. It has been my dream to paddle around the world and the be there with the best. I am very lucky to be in a location centered between many great rivers like Little River Canyon, Short Creek, Ocoee, Locust Fork and Mulberry Fork of the Warrior. In the past year I have very been active in helping and competing in the Alabama Cup, slalom series in Alabama, and the North Alabama Whitewater Festival ( Recently I joined Team rEvolution ( at the beginning of the year to help spread the growth of kayaking to as many different people as possible. I look forward to seeing you in the in the water, air or on the ground soon.


Support the sport of kayaking and to take the joy of being out in nature to as many different people as possible. Enjoy life to the best of my abilities. Also to help take the sport to a new level.


Jackson Kayaks
Ripple Nose Plugs
Surface Dynamics
Alabama Small Boats

Career Accomplishments:

2005 U.S. National Championships- 8th Place
2006 North Alabama Whitewater Festival- Junior’s Division
Freestyle off the Waterfall- 2nd Place
Boatercross Race-1st Place
Throwdown Rodeo-3rd Place
2006 Locust fork Slalom Race- Men’s Cruising 6th Place
2006 Mulberry Fork Slalom Race Men’s Novice 1st Place
2006 United States Freestyle Team Trials- 13th Place
2006 World Cup of Freestyle Kayaking Overall- 5th Place
2007 Locust Fork Slalom Race-Men’s Cruising 4th Place
2007 Mulberry Fork Slalom Race-Men’s Cruising 3rd Place
2007 Locust Fork Invitational Slalom Race- Men’s Cruising 3rd Place
2007 North Alabama Whitewater Festival Overall Champion
2007 Reno River Festival-
Freestyle Event 3rd Place
Boatercross Race- 2nd Place
2007 FibArk Blue Paddle Festival- 3rd Place