Dash Point Pirate
recently released this interview with renowned paddler, designer and
instructor, Derek Hutchinson.
Filmed at the 2007
West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, Hutchinson talks about the BCU, kayak and
paddle design, paddling in England and modern sea kayaking. It is a very
interesting interview to watch.
My first thought is
that he sounds like an arrogant, bitter old man who is upset at the state of
paddling today. There is a minor rant about the BCU as well as comments about
how paddling in the UK
is better than everywhere else in the world.
Oh, yes apparently
there is no need for asymmetric spoon blade paddles and everybody should still
be paddling with a 90 degree feather.
Watch for Kayak designer Matt Broze of Mariner Kayaks to
make a funny appearance where he challenges Hutchinson's claim to fame of being the first
person to put hatches in a glass boat. It's fantastic.
Below are two articles
where Matt is getting some of his history facts if you want to do some of your own
Folding Boat History and the Modern History of Kayaking
The early years - A history of the North American sea kayak industry
Please don't get me
wrong, I understand and acknowledge that he has made tremendous advancements to
the sport of sea kayaking through the years and a lot of people seem to worship
the ground he walks on but watching this interview was very interesting.
To view the video, click the "Read More" link.