Our Story

We’re a new company dedicated to unlocking the wonder and discovery of the great outdoors— even for city dwellers. Click here to see The Oru Kayak Blog.

At Oru Kayak, we believe that spending time outdoors makes people happier, healthier, and more productive. Our products offer a way to explore and connect with the natural world—even when you live in a city. We hope your Oru Kayak journeys are as fun and fulfilling as ours have been.

Designer and founder Anton Willis grew up in rural Mendocino County, with easy access to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. In 2008, a move into a small San Francisco apartment forced his fiberglass kayak into storage. Inspired by an article on new advances in the art and science of origami, he sketched a few ideas for a folding kayak. Sketches turned into countless paper models, and over 20 full-scale prototypes. After user-testing on dozens of bays, lakes, rivers and oceans, Oru Kayaks are ready to explore the world.

Ardy Sobhani is a co-founder and business strategist with a strong background in business and startup operations. He has over ten years of experience helping companies set goals, achieve financial targets, and run operations

Roberto Gutierrez rounds out the core team with over a decade of outdoor industry experience. He has been a guide, a manager and a sponsored kayaker, he brings insight and experience the serve him well as our Chief Commercial Officer. 


For more about the team click here!