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March 11, 2014 – Press Release

Jackson Kayak has added a new long boat class whitewater kayak to its Karma river running family with the addition of the Karma Unlimited (UL).  The Karma UL is built to race downriver events and be a boat of choice for expeditions.  The UL will also have a sister kayak in the Karma Rock Garden (RG) for playing in ocean surf and for river and ocean expedition paddling.


Karma Unlimited links


Eric “EJ” Jackson, Jackson Kayak’s President and David Knight have taken the hull of Jackson Kayak’s leading river running/creeking kayak,s the Karma and the Zen and added length for speed and increased control to make this a contender for racing and down river fun.  The planning hull provides extra bow control at higher speeds and the new rocker with the peaked deck helps keep the paddler high and dry.  This kayak is perfect for racing downriver, creeking and river running of all kinds for both expert paddlers and new boaters alike.  The new hull design makes it easier to paddle, more forgiving and, with the addition of 2014 outfitting, more comfortable!  It also features added safety with Jackson’s unique Uni-Shock Bulkhead system that absorbs those hard hits.


“I had the chance to test paddle the Karma UL prototype on my standard proving ground, Section IV of the Chattooga, along with two others paddlers in competitive ‘long boats’” adds Joe Pulliam of Jackson Kayak, “While all were fast and all had their merits, the Unlimited was special to me because of it has the speed of a longer boat but is stable, predictable, and in general paddles like a shorter boat. It will turn flat or on edge, boofs like a Karma, and makes the lake paddle at the end a breeze!  While this boat has obvious appeal to expert-level paddlers, it has the overall ease of use that makes it suitable for far lesser skilled paddlers as well.”


“Jackson enters the long boat market with a stretched out but still easy to paddle of our Karma creek boat for racing, fitness paddling, or just moving faster on your favorite run.” States Clay Wright, Jackson Kayak’s team lead, “The karma unlimited give you all performance, comfort and safety features of the Karma in a longer, faster version.”


The Karma Unlimited is currently available for ordering at all Jackson Kayak dealers.


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 are amongst 8 new products for 2013. Jackson Kayak’s 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 McBeath 613-256-0598