Jim Reynolds was our World Kayak Rock Island Open Freestyle Cup winner. Congratulations to Jim Reynolds!
We’ve asked him some questions about paddling and these are his answers.
I currently paddle a Jackson Rockstar Large
The rivers I’ve run are Rock Island, Big South Fork, Clear Creek, the Nanty,and the Ocoee
My favorite river is Big South Fork. Isolation from machinery and the outside world makes this a great run. I like the house sized tortoise shell boulders that make this run so gorgeous and eye appealing and all the great rapids are challenging and intense.
I love my Rockstar. I originally started paddling in a Pyrannah Inazone. I then progressed to a Dagger Kingpin. The Dagger G-force was my next boat. The Jackson Rockstar may be my final pick.
Ocoee Hell hole and Harkers Crossing on the Stones River are my favorite playspots
I grew up surfing at the beach on some pretty big waves. When I moved inland, I still had that urge for surfing, that’s when I found kayaking. I wove my way through countless boats till I finally landed my dreamboat, the Jackson Rockstar.
As a personal goal, I’d like to try new rivers and become more confident in whitewater. I’d also like to get into some creeks soon, and bigger water as well. I really just want to improve my boating skills and have lots of fun.
What is your overall impression of WK based on what you’ve seen here in Nashville?
Its an impressive site and organization that helps kayakers meet and supports the sport, friendship, and fun. The HTTD is a great way to meet people, engage in friendly competition, and learn about whitewater technique and river safety. I also like the gear give-aways. I hope to see World kayak stay here in Nashville for a long time.
What would you like to say to those new boaters out there looking for some advice?
Get out there and get in the water with some good folks, be safe, learn skills, and have fun.