Clay Wright

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Clay Wright is a professional whitewater kayaker and kayak designer. He designed a signature "Java" creekboat for Perception Kayaks. He has appeared in 50+ extreme or instructional kayak videos. Wright is a pioneer in creekboating (with 1st descents in 11 states and 5 countries) and playboating (inventor of the loop, a fundamental trick in the sport). [1] He has won many freestyle events and extreme races throughout the world including the very first Green River Race in 1996. He is a 7-time US Freestyle Team member and won Gold in 1997 and 2013, Silver 1999 and 2015 at the Freestyle World Championships in the Squirt Boat category.

He lives in Rock Island, TN and paddles for Jackson Kayak; a company started and named after one of the most successful freestyle kayakers Eric Jackson.

See also


  • Jackson Kayak Website
  • Smith Optics Website
  • Patagonia Ambassador Website
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