Hikingbenchâ„¢ joins the sponsorship team for the 2015 Topper World Championships.

The ITCA is pleased to welcome Hikingbench™ as a proud sponsor of the 2015 Topper Worlds. Developer David Page has designed and built a very special one-off custom 2015 Topper Worlds Hikingbench™ for the World Championships.

David has shared the development story of Hikingbench™ below.

The Hikingbench™ Development Story

It all started at the Magic Marine Topper Inland Championships at Grafham Water in May 2009 with a conversation between Adam Cockerill and David Page. Adam was the Topper National Intermediate coach and he challenged David to make a Topper hiking bench. The next week David’s son Gavin was due to spend a week at Bradwell outdoor centre with Adam for invited training. This seemed such a good opportunity, that David set to and designed and built a prototype bench. The bench was then tested by the 36 teenage squad and invited sailors during that week. Then armed with some good old constructive criticism, from the coaches and sailors, modifications were made. The early prototypes were then shown to sailors at a number of Topper Traveller and Nationwide events.

During this period David noted the sailors' comments and the product evolved to meet sailors' wishes. Thus the original flat hiking version for Toppers was extensively tested by sailorsWe now had a product which was generating interest, but how could we protect the design? Answer, on 14th August 2009 the design was registered with the Intellectual Property Office and it was awarded a Patent design registration number 4012136 on the 1st September 2009.

We now had a product which was generating interest, but how could we protect the design? Answer, on 14th August 2009 the design was registered with the Intellectual Property Office and it was awarded a Patent design registration number 4012136 on the 1st September 2009.

Then in September 2009 http://www.hikingbench.com was launched complete with an online shop. We soon began to get export enquires and since then have exported Hikingbench™ all over the World, to twenty two countries. In 2012 working with Paul Goodison, David improved the Laser Pro version by designing a new toe-strap mounting system which made it feel more like Pauls Laser! This mounting system was awarded its own Patent registration number 4023026 in February 2012.

For 2015, Hikingbench™ is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Topper Worlds, and to celebrate David has designed and built a very special one-off custom 2015 Topper Worlds Hikingbench™ complete with a Paul Goodison toe-strap mounting system.

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