Oru Kayak Steps Up to Support REI Outessa Summit
First-of-its-kind event series offers women outdoor education, recreation and adventure in stunning mountainous settings
San Francisco, CA and Boise, ID - May 25, 2016 - Oru Kayak today announced its sponsorship of the REI Outessa Summit, outdoor weekend getaways for women which offer authentic outdoor adventures led by professional athletes and guides. In its inaugural year, the two weekends will be held at Kirkwood Resort near Lake Tahoe, California, from August 19 to 21, and Powder Mountain near Salt Lake City, Utah from September 9 to 11. Registration is open to the public now.
As part of the partnership, Oru Kayak will host introductory kayaking classes at both the Tahoe and Powder Mountain summits. The hands-on class will cover the basics of flat water kayaking, including equipment, entry/exit, strokes, safety, etc. By the end of the course, each participant will feel more comfortable on the water, understand safety risks and have more fun kayaking.
“We're excited to take part in the REI Outessa Summit, as it’s a great opportunity to contribute to the broad outdoor experience in a way that hasn't been done before,” said Roberto Gutierrez, chief commercial officer at Oru Kayak.
“Through the REI Outessa Summit, we are offering women the opportunity to try something new and experience some unforgettable outdoor adventures,” said Julia Stamps Mallon, co-founder and VP business development of the REI Outessa Summit. “We are excited that Oru Kayaks has signed on to offer hands-on kayaking experiences.”
These weekends boast flexibility and variety since each attendee can customize her schedule, although choosing classes might be the biggest challenge as more than 200 options exist. Camping, backpacking, kayaking, outdoor cooking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, yoga, hiking and trail running are some of the offered activities.
Mallon added, “After three days, Outessa women will find inspiration in their peers as well as in their own new-found abilities. We want them to connect with the outdoors and each other during these unforgettable weekends.”
About Oru Kayak
Oru Kayak is a San Francisco based company that manufactures high-performance, folding kayaks. Each kayak is made from a single, seamless sheet of double-layered, recyclable plastic. A patented folding pattern transforms the flat sheet into a sleek, sturdy watercraft. Packed up, Oru Kayaks are the size of a large suitcase. On the water, they're both fast and rugged, with terrific handling. Best of all, going from box to boat takes just a few minutes. Apartment dwellers can stash an Oru Kayak in a closet or car trunk. Sailors can keep several on board to paddle to shore. Travelers can check kayaks on a plane. Backpackers can hike Oru Kayaks into remote, untouched waters. Oru Kayak uses innovative design to enable access to the great outdoors.
About the REI Outessa Summit
The REI Outessa Summit Events are custom-tailored outdoor weekend getaways for women offering immersive outdoor experiences, hands-on product trials, and education from professional athletes and expert guides. The first two events will be held at Kirkwood Resort near Lake Tahoe, CA from August 19 to 21, and Powder Mountain near Salt Lake City, Utah from September 9 to 11. The event series was created in collaboration with REI. Additional sponsors include: prAna, Osprey, Cannondale, BIC SUP, Petzl, Big Agnes, Trigger Point, ENO, ORU Kayak, Salomon, Nuun, Taylor Maid Farms, Goal Zero, Amy’s Kitchen, GCI Outdoors, Smarty Pants, Lagunitas, ProBar, Clif Bar, Picky Bar, Honey Stinger, Hint, Dirty Gourmet, World Peas, Tandem, Rinse, GoMacro, Stance, Native, ElliptiGO, Igloo and Dandies. To learn more about REI Outessa Summit, visit www.outessa.com. For the latest news, sign up for email updates, follow on Instagram and Twitter, and like on Facebook.