James “Pringle” Bebbington

James "Pringle" Bebbington

Name: James Bebbington

Nickname: Pringle

Favourite River: Katun, Altai, Russia.

Occupation: Film-maker / Adventure Cameraman

Social Media: Instagram, Youtube



About Me:

I’ve always loved being in water since I was born, first swimming, then surfing and then when I found kayaking aged 8 I was hooked. My background is in freestyle, having trained and competed for over 20 years in it and being fortunate enough to have some competitive success over the years.

I took a little break from competing from 2016-2018 whilst I trained as a cameraman but will be competing again from 2019, specifically aiming at the Sort and Nottingham World Championships.

Aside from freestyle my work as a cameraman recently led me to a trip of a lifetime kayaking and filming a First Descent in Bhutan for Steve Backshall’s expedition series. I realised just how much I enjoyed being on expedition, paddling something so wild and untamed and how close you become as a group going through that experience. So on my return I am eager to explore more rivers and creeks as a whole new aspect of kayaking and filming has opened up to me.

Let’s see where the river takes me next – I’m so thankful for the opportunities to see and experience life that kayaking has given me.


  • 2010 World Cup Champion
  • 2011 World Champion
  • 2010 European Championships Silver
  • 2014 European Championships Bronze

Other Sponsors:

  • GuiGui Prod
  • Peak UK
  • Werner Paddles
  • System – X


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