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Meet the Maker: Anton Willis of Oru Kayak

Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

In this installment we're catching up with Anton Willis, the Maker behind Oru Kayak, the original foldable kayak. Oru launched on The Grommet just this summer, and immediately captured our community's interest–there truly is nothing else like it.

Meet the Maker of Oru Kayak

What has surprised you most about starting a business?

Strategy is overrated. Adaptability is underrated.

Meet the Maker of Oru

Best creative advice that you ever received?

"You've got talent. Don't waste it–work harder than everyone else."

Oru Meet the Maker

What has been the most rewarding part of business for you?

Seeing people use Oru Kayaks in places I've dreamed of visiting.

Meet the Maker Oru Kayak

What did you take away from your launch day here on The Grommet? 

The Grommet community has been a great source of feedback. The open conversation with the consumer is always welcome and always provides incredible feedback.

Words of wisdom for other Makers and entrepreneurs?

It's a distance race, not a sprint. Organize your life to give yourself enough time and space to make things happen.

To learn more about Oru Kayak, watch our video here.

Want more? Check out past posts in our Meet the Maker series.


  • Gerald Says:

    Anton, are you ready for Shark Tank, let us know when you`ll be on.
    "Strategy is overrated. Adaptability is underrated" quote not sure what you mean by strategy is overrated.

  • Carol Says:

    I really liked Anton Willis' philosophy and his kayaks! Excellent quote, motto, and statement of inspiration!

  • Patricio Says:

    interested in owning and marketing {selling} Cochiti Lake New Mexico

  • Christina OBeirn Says:

    I am a 72 year young female who has canoed all my life and recently took kayak lessons and found kayaks to be much more to my liking. However, I am a single person and need something I can put in or on my van myself (or with a little help from my friends) and this sounds like my solution. Tell me more!!!!!

  • Deb Says:

    How much is it?

  • Layton Says:

    What does the "Oru" refer to in the name of the Kayak ?

  • Gene Corrigan Says:

    How does Oru compare with Folboat (25 years older) ?

  • Marvin Says:

    I'll ask this question again, what about the portable kayak for the fisherman? I hope you are working on it.

  • Christine Milham Says:

    Love the idea of a kayak that doesn't take up much transporting space. There's a state lake a half hour down the road that I would love to take a spin on in this !

  • George Says:

    Looks like a cardboard box. Doesn't look safe.

  • Pete Says:

    So, where can you buy & how much?

  • JAMES Says:

    where and how much?? thank you

  • Robert Katz Says:

    When will this be ready to ship and for how much?



  • Ricardo Alaniz Says:

    an idea to make a one man sail boat, easy to control that even a caveman can control it. :-)

  • lisa Says:

    How much does it cost?

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