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Meet the Swift Designers

THERE are many canoe and kayak designers but only a handful create designs that consistently rank at the top of their class. We are fortunate to be able to work with two of the most respected and innovative designers in the industry-David Yost and John Winters. Each in his own way has influenced and altered the shape of modern canoes and kayaks.

JOHN WINTERS

John Winters has over thirty­five years experience in every aspect of the boating industry­ from production to design; An avid paddler, he was the first canoe designer to merge statistical analysis of paddlers and boats with modern hydrodynamic theory. In less than a decade, he has created everything from record setting racing canoes to revolutionary concepts in sea kayaks and tripping canoes. The most highly published canoe designer in North America, his writing has introduced the science of hydrodnamics to the paddle sport industry and enlightened paddlers of all persuasions.

DAVID YOST

David Yost may be the most versatile and prolific designer of human­powered watercraft today.

His philosophy, that canoes should be adapted to the needs of people rather than adapting people to the canoe, has led to a devoted following and his canoes are much loved and widely imitated. Inquisitive by nature, David is constantly expanding his experience and knowledge to the benefit of paddlers the world over.


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