Jackson has been world freestyle champion four times (1993, 2001, 2005, 2007). In October 2009, Eric Jackson achieved second place at the freestyle kayak world championships in Thun, Switzerland. At the latest world championships Eric finished in 11th place (his lowest placing ever in a world championship event). Eric has been a member of the United States of America Kayaking Team, either in freestyle or in slalom, every year since 1989. In 1992, Jackson competed in Barcelona as part of the U.S. Olympic team, finishing 13th in the K-1 event. He is a two-time winner of the Everest award. He is the author of several instructional books and videos teaching many aspects of whitewater kayaking, including river running, playboating, rolling and bracing. His children Emily and Dane are also competitive kayakers.
Eric has been noted for his ability to continue to win championships competing against much younger athletes.
After spending many years designing kayaks for various manufacturers, Eric founded Jackson Kayak in October 2003.