On this episode of Great Family Adventure, The Jackson-Troutman family head to the kayaking freestyle championship, hosted at the Riversport facility in Oklahoma City.
Riversport features huge human-made rapids down a cascading river with plenty of unique features including a perfect freestyle wave for the competition.
This year, not only was Emily partaking in and organizing the event, but her father, EJ, also used the competition as a bid to make the US men’s freestyle team. Dane (Emily’s brother and EJ’s son) was last year’s global/American champion. Talk about a power family!
Nick, who had already qualified for the global competition as part of the Canadian team, had the opportunity to “ghost” (be a part of but not actively compete) in this competition. This allowed him to spend some extra time hanging out with Parker and Tucker with their mom and grandfather competed.
The Riversport OKC facility has plenty of on-water activities, but it also has a plethora of off-water activities, including a rope climb/”via Ferrata” style challenge rig where Tucker faced his fears and conquered a huge 80 foot downward slide. It was truly a very memorable moment for all involved!
Oklahoma City also touts a unique canal that zigzags through the heart of “Bricktown”, an old industrial site that has been converted into restaurants and an activity hub. The family also climbed aboard a guided ship tour of the area.
While in Oklahoma City, the family also got to visit an impressive science center, with a huge variety of interactive games for the kids.
Check out all the family’s adventures when the episode premieres later this summer on Bally Sports Network and Outside TV.
About Great Family Adventure: Great Family Adventure is an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows World Champion kayakers, Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson, and their family on a new-age family road trip. Join the family as they learn about new cultures, paddle wild rivers, exploring rad bike trails, swim in the ocean, and camp out under the stars. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV and Bally Sports Network. Networks interested in carrying Great Family Adventure are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at firstname.lastname@example.org.