Nate Brouwer, founder of Open Air Dynamics, fell in love with the outdoors exploring the Tahoe backcountry on his mountain bike and snowboard. He discovered standup paddle boarding in 2008 and saw it as a great opportunity to explore new areas of the Tahoe Basin, that were only accessible by water. The traditional surf shapes in the market lacked the functionality and design for flat water paddling, so Nate set out to design a better board. Tahoe SUP was born out of a vision to design a board that could carry extra gear, his dog Stella, and glide more efficiently on long flat water paddles. The resulting shape was an innovative displacement hull board with attachment points for gear, balanced floatation and increased stability. The initial reaction from the surf industry was less than receptive. However, the concept caught fire and paddlers took to lakes, ponds, rivers, and oceans, discovering a new way to experience the waterways around them. Wether for adventure, fitness, increased balance or just getting out on the water, Tahoe SUP has provided a new perspective to outdoor enthusiasts across the globe. Today the shapes have been mimicked by most every board company on the market and Tahoe SUP is continuing to lead the way with cutting edge new designs.
Nate created Open Air Dynamics and placed Tahoe SUP under its guidance, a company he envisioned to bring the next level of quality, innovation and product development to the SUP market. The company launched Odyssey Standup Paddle Boards in 2012 to bring an accessible introductory product to the growing beginner market. The company is also developing additional SUP products and accessories, and has a singular focus on excellence in design, technology, and function. Building out a well rounded team of visionaries and leaders, there’s no telling where this adventure will lead Brouwer. However, adventure was the goal all along.