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Article By RootsRated – Families, young campers, corporate leaders and professional athletes all bond through paddlesports activities provided by OHH. The flagship store for Outside Hilton Head(OHH), at the Plaza in Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island, SC, is even busier than it looks. While rental kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and bikes go in and out all day, the store serves asthe source for outdoor apparel and paddlesports gear for visitors to the Carolina Lowcountry. More than that, OHH staff—which swells to some 90 people at peak season, including at the Palmetto Bluff location in Bluffton—provide on-water instruction, captain boat tour,s and serve as camp instructors for kids over the summer.

“The overall knowledge that our staff needs in order to effectively service our customers is pretty high,” OHH Retail Director Mark Wray said. “We need to know the correct equipment to put renters on and how to load boats and boards. We have to be prepared to give directions to the lost program participant and make sure that participants are outfitted properly for their outings.” Although Hilton Head Island itself is only 12 miles long and five miles wide, it has more than its share of sandy beaches, oceanside resorts, golf courses, and tennis courts. OHH provides the means to venture beyond the confines of the island and into the marshlands and uninhabited island chains teaming with wildlife.

Two OHH-equipped kayakers encounter an egret in the area marshlands. Courtesy of OHH

OHH offers as many as 50 programs 365 days a year, including kayak and charter fishing trips and boat-based dolphin tours within the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Some programs utilize the remote and secluded Outdoor Experiential Learning Outpost on Page Island, Outside’s 30-acre private island. Local businesses, professional sport teams, and half the companies listed in the Fortune 100 take advantage of this special spot as well. Mike Overton—who planted the seed for OHH in the form of a windsurfing school in 1979—has personally facilitated more than 500 corporate team leadership events. While Outside Windsurfing remains the legal name for the company, OHH offers everything but windsurfing today. But, Outside Brands, the umbrella entity for the company, does run a foundation focused on environmental conservation of the coastal region the recreation programs showcase, Overton said.

OHH gets Hilton Head Island visitors face-to-face with the local dolphins. Courtesy of OHH

OHH offers as many as 50 programs 365 days a year, including kayak and charter fishing trips and boat-based dolphin tours within the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Some programs utilize the remote and secluded Outdoor Experiential Learning Outpost on Page Island, Outside’s 30-acre private island. Local businesses, professional sport teams, and half the companies listed in the Fortune 100 take advantage of this special spot as well. Mike Overton—who planted the seed for OHH in the form of a windsurfing school in 1979—has personally facilitated more than 500 corporate team leadership events.

While Outside Windsurfing remains the legal name for the company, OHH offers everything but windsurfing today. But, Outside Brands, the umbrella entity for the company, does run a foundation focused on environmental conservation of the coastal region the recreation programs showcase, Overton said.

 

This content was produced for your enjoyment, thanks to a partnership among Outside Hilton Head, Osprey Packs, Chaco, and RootsRated.

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