A Kiwi at Keeners

By Nick Collier

In July and August 2019 during what was an exceptionally cold winter in New Zealand, I was fortunate enough to travel abroad to Canada and take part in the Keener program. My name is Nick Collier, I’m a 16-year-old born and bred kiwi with a huge passion for kayaking. As aforementioned, I travelled to Canada and got the opportunity to soak up not only the sunshine but an immense amount of information whilst paddling the Ottawa river. My Keener coaches for session two were, in no particular order, Stephen Wright, Clay Wright, Tyler Curtis, James Nighthawk, Courtney Kerin and guest coach Casey Bryant-Jones.

A Kiwi at Keeners

These coaches were fantastic, always sharing their knowledge and encouraging us to be the best kayakers we could be, both on and off the water. Whilst at Keeners I got to paddle the Jackson Rockstar 4.0 and although I had paddled other Jackson playboats previously and knew the high quality of their boats, I felt that the 4.0 was a whole new step up. The boat performed highly on both waves and holes and paired with the coaching I managed to throw some of the biggest tricks in my life. I had the time of my life in Canada and hugely recommend the Keeners program for any youth kayakers. Currently, I am training hard in canoe slalom for the upcoming New Zealand selection races.

A Kiwi at Keeners

So, If you are wanting to stay up to date with my kayaking journey check out my Instagram @nickcollierkayak.

Rockstar 4.0

Jackson Kayak


The 4th Generation of the most decorated freestyle/playboat design ever made takes freestyle kayaking to new heights… straight out of the water!  Designed to give you more pop and air than ever before, the Rockstar 4.0 is the most “aerial” boat we have ever made. We’ve improved the comfort in the knees as well as added more foot room. We’ve made the boat more balanced to help you stay vertical end over end, and we’ve made it more durable with our new track system. So whether you’re looking at getting your first loop, linking your first ends or winning the local or global rodeos, this boat’s for you.

Small | Length: 5’7″ • Width: 24.75″ • Height: 14.8″ • Max Paddler: 90-150 lbs • Volume: 53.5 gal • Weight: 27 lbs • MSRP: $1399

Medium | Length: 5’10″ • Width: 26″ • Height: 15.5″ • Max Paddler: 140-200 lbs • Volume: 61.4 gal • Weight: 29 lbs • MSRP: $1399

Large | Length: 6’1″ • Width: 27″ • Height: 16.25″ • Max Paddler: 180-250 lbs • Volume: 69.4 gal • Weight: 34 lbs • MSRP: $1399

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