Hometown: Sydney Australia and Tuxedo NC, USA
Favorite Place to Paddle: Green River and Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Accomplishments: Three Time World Cup Champion | Over 10 National Championships | Head Coach of Australian Freestyle Team | ICF Athlete Representative | Announcer for World Championships | Australian National Whitewater Raft Team | Creator and Director of HUCK Expedition Paddling Programs | First descents in America and Australia | Director of Paddling Falling Creek Camp | Chairman of Australian Freestyle Committee
Crazy Fact About You: Australian Riot Police Officer, Been on Jackson Kayak Team since it’s inception, Paragliding pilot, had over 30 summers in a row
Why Jez Loves Kayaking: Jez is passionate about kayaking and loves all kinds of boating including K1, C1, OC1, play boating, river running and creek boating. Jez is a Police Officer in the Riot Squad which funds his boating habits and he goes boating every chance he gets. After eight years of seasonally teaching paddling he turned his focus on teaching for Jackson Kayak on the road and is now considered one of the worlds best whitewater instructors with techniques that have become the industry standard. He has instructed thousands of kids through his programs of which numerous participants have gone on to represent USA and Australia in Freestyle Kayaking.
As an instructor first he unselfishly has a passion for teaching the next generation of whitewater enthusiasts. His program at Falling Creek has seen him lead kids he has taught on expeditions in Costa Rica where a trip hiked in via donkeys, Canada via float plane to the very remote Magpie River, as well as expeditions in Colorado, New Zealand and Ecuador.
Jez has created hundreds of instructional whitewater videos that teach everything from the basics to advanced playboating via the Playboating Bible, instructional DVD’s and his youtube channel.
With the help of Claire O’Hara and Jackson Kayak he has helped create Paddle Education website www.paddleeducation.com
Jez has the ultimate lifestyle by managing to follow the summer across the two hemispheres. He has now seen over thirty summers in a row by moving between Sydney Australia where he paddles at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, and the South East of USA where he competes and instructs. “Boating is a big part of my life. It completes me. I learned how to paddle from my Sensei Leland Davis in 1999 and never looked back. I like to think of paddling as a very dynamic sport, unlike most other sports, a day on the river is always different; the water levels are different; your lines are different; rocks are continually moving and change the river; the scenery is continually changing. Paddling is such a special sport that has changed my life for the better and I do what I can to help the next generation of paddles to experience what I have. As a famous boater once said, the world would be a much better place if everyone in it paddled.”