Christmas Viewing - The Cock Collection

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Christmas Viewing - The Cock Collection

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Edwardian canoeist and filmmaker Oliver Cock started releasing films of recreational kayaking in the 1940s before becoming coach to the British slalom team (1953) and then the first Director of Coaching for the British Canoe Union (1962) - and his films are now online!

The early films of getting about in the UK have been gathered together as Canoe Trips of the 1940s & 1950s.:

For those not familiar with the history / context:
International Whitewater Hall of Fame wrote:Oliver J. Cock’s many contributions to whitewater kayaking became an integral part of the foundations of the British Canoe Union (BCU). His contributions ranged from filming and documenting whitewater expeditions and training to developing the proficiency program and tests that became the foundation for BCU’s certification and training programs. His whitewater films, many from the 1940’s and 1950’s provide a valuable documentation and history of early whitewater paddling and training.

As the first slalom coach for the BCU team in 1953, he successfully developed the slalom program through his coaching efforts that enabled Britain to win its first World Championship medal in 1959. His appointment as the First Director of Coaching in 1962 gave an added drive to what was to become a very powerful teaching program, particularly for whitewater paddling. Cock later became the BCU national coach teaching schoolteachers across the country to teach canoeing safely.
The films have been made available by canoeist and film-maker Chris Hawkesworth. He acquired them in the 1960s, then conducted interviews in 1988 to produce commentary / soundtracks. This year, he had them all digitised.

One of the finest dates from 1952 and shows the very early days of canoe / kayak surfing:

We also get to see vacations in Scotland but also road trips to the Duoro in Portugal, through the Verdon Gorge in Southern France, and across a succession of Alpine Passes between Switzerland and Italy.

This one perhaps best captures the spirit of such adventures:

I've written far more - and included links to all of the films - on the Yorkshire and Humberside Web Page: ... ollection/

The YouTube Playlist starts here: ... 5D_Ji1e4u7

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Re: Christmas Viewing - The Cock Collection

Post by ian the badger »

Thanks for those.

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Re: Christmas Viewing - The Cock Collection

Post by AllanRam »

"Christmas Viewing - The Cock Collection" is a great title. It got me confused for a second, until I remembered who Oliver Cock was. Very cool videos btw.

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