James ‘Pringle’ Bebbington

2011 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Champion

2010 ICF World Cup Freestyle Kayak Champion

About Me

Passionate about Kayaking, Travel, Nature, Dreams, Raw Food & the Beauty of Life. Don’t be afraid to be different, stand out, show your personality and live your dreams & listen to your heart!

My strongest value is that in our life we need to inspire the next generation, be physically active, we need to protect our environment, save it’s animals and creatures, stop eating meat and have a lot of fun along the way.

How I started:

I started kayaking when I was 12 and was  hooked from the get go, I started out playing around on lakes and in the pool then moved upto the small dirty rivers in Lancashire then as my paddling progressed  I took a couple coaching courses with my local shop to teach me the fundamental skills of whitewater.

Afterwards I gradually moved onto paddling more and more whitewater in `North Wales and the Lake District with my canoe club at the time Wigan Canoeing Group.

I was about 13 when I first saw freestyle kayaking in the 2nd ever issue of Canoe & Kayak Uk magazine, straight away I knew that was where my passion would be.

I saved up my pennies doing every odd job I could scrounge from my parents & neighbors until I got my first boat. It was a a Riot Dominatrix 44 from Brookbank canoes  I never looked back & have been paddling hard around the world surfing, competing and enjoying the freestyle lifestyle ever since.

Now I am a 6 time GBR Freestyle Kayak team member, British Champion, World Champion, World Cup Champion and European Silver & Bronze medalist. I’m training harder than ever and enjoying it more & more. We’ll see what the future holds for me…

What drives me?

My dream has always been to pursue freestyle kayaking as far as I can. I haven’t reached my limit yet and I don’t think I ever will.

I want to learn & perfect every move, invent some new ones, win at the highest levels and surf the best waves & holes around the world and discover some new ones too.

I just love to be on the water, its the place I feel happiest and truly at home so thats where I’ll be as much as I can.

Strengths/ Weaknesses? 

I would say my strength is my determination and hard working nature  and I think I am greatly helped by the belief I have in my abilities and my optimistic psyche.

I think that my weaknesses are that I can be too sensitive and in the past I was easily distracted, sometimes not in the best direction but life has taught me many lessons and I now feel that my focus is very strong. I know exactly what I want and will get it one way or another.

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Competition History:-

-2012 – 3rd Hurley League Event

-2012 – 7th World Cup Series (with broken Colar Bone)

-2012 – 3rd ICF European Championships

-2012 – 8th Teva Mountain Games Freestyle

-2011 – 1st GBR Team Trials

-2011 – 1st Nottingham British League Comp

-2011 – 1st World Championships, Plattling

-2011 – 18th Whitewater Grand Prix Canada

-2011 – 8th Teva Mountain Games, Vail, CO

-2010 – 3rd Graz Alp Cup

-2010 – 3rd Graz Alp Cup

-2010 – 1st World Cup Series

-2010 – 2nd European Championships-2010 – 1st Natural Games

-2010 – 1st UK Freestyle Nottingham event

-2010 – 1st Overall GB Team Trials

-2010 – 1st Hurley Classic Rodeo

-2009 – 2nd Bratislave Eurocup

-2009 – 1st Lienz Eurocup

-2009 – 2nd Eurocup Series Overall

-2009 – 1st Man British Championships

-2009 – 1st Man GBR Team Trials Event one

-2009 – 1st Man GB Team Trials Event two

-2009 – 1st Overall GB team trials

-2008 – 1st – International Festival of Freestyle

-2007 – 1st Man Alpkit series

-2007 – 2nd Pre-Europeans

-2007 – Senior Mans British Champion

-2005 – Junior British Champion

-2005 – Junior Peak Uk Series Winner

-2004 – 3rd Junior Man Australia Pre Worlds

-6 Times GBR Freestyle Kayak Team Member (4x top place)


For More Information on James or to ask him a question:-

Email: Pringalingding@gmail.com


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