The name Derek C Hutchinson is one familiar to generations of sea kayakers and there is no denying his huge influence on Sea Kayaking around the world. It’s certainly a name I remember from my childhood, sitting looking through the kayaking books on my parents bookcase. His book, Complete Sea Kayaking sat alongside ‘Living Canoeing’ by Alan Byde and early editions of the BCU Handbook. In fact, my first Sea Kayak, a second hand P&H Iona is a Derek Hutchinson design.

This video clip was shot in 2007 at the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium in the USA and makes for interesting viewing. There are some interesting and diverse responses to this interview which were posted back in 2007, over on Paddling.Net.

The original poster of the video added the following note:

An interview with international sea kayak authority Derek Hutchinson at the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium demo beach: he shares his thoughts on the BCU, kayak and paddle design, Greenland Style, paddling in England, and the origin of modern sea kayaking. Kayak designer Matt Broze of Mariner Kayaks also makes an appearance.

Useful Links:

USK Instructors Bio – USK Website Page about Derek C Hutchinson