Totally unafraid of boundaries, Mr. Hynd has often chosen complex and critical nuance over simplicity. Eccentric perhaps, at expressing the state of surfing, it’s multi-faceted, foibles and fearless aficionados. The truth, loud and clear, at all times personifies a character of strength welded with incredible ability.
From avant-garde expression using foot-straps for rotation in the late ‘70s to a decade of finless freedom underling the sheer determination and dedication of a true visionary. Derek has given surfing a rare singularly alternative approach by advancing the purity of Hawaiian finless craft to modern high-performance individual expression. Unfettered by commercial or competitive machinations, DH shines alone at the very apex of an outstanding passion.