The Mythology – Origami Paddler

The Mythology

Since launching on Kickstarter in 2020 we have grown into a mighty team.
We continue our mission of a Billion Butts in Boats- on Clean Water!

Tim Niemier

Tim Niemier is credited with introducing the sit-on-top (SOT) kayak design.

In January 1988, Tim founded kayak manufacturing and sales company, Ocean Kayak, to produce these unique kayaks. 

Ocean Kayak was producing upwards of 200 kayaks per day when its assets were purchased in 1997 by Johnson Worldwide Associates.

Since selling Ocean Kayak, Niemier has been providing custom design services and creating new lines of stand up paddleboards and other watercraft for manufacturers and individuals.

Niemier grew up in Malibu, California and loved being out on the water in spite of his fear of it. His expertise with watercraft started early, spending much of his spare time as a youth paddling along the coast and out to dive sites. He learned about their design dynamics and began testing designs of his own.

In 1971, Niemier designed and produced his first kayak using fiberglass modeling. While taking it to the beach to test he was asked how much it cost. 

Not expecting anyone to buy it, Niemier offered to sell it at three times his production cost. The price was accepted and, fresh out of high school, Niemier had sold his first kayak.

In the years following, Niemier set up shop in Malibu selling personally-designed kayaks to customers on a small stretch of beach near home. From this success, he realized the potential for much bigger sales volumes in larger markets.

Niemier now lives in Washington state, where he continues creating new kayak and stand up paddleboard designs, provide business consulting services and speaking. Niemier’s personal goal remains the same, “To put a billion butts in boats.”


Paul Hoyt 

For the first 30 years of his career, Paul was an expert in information systems. For the past 18 years, he has been a Business Consultant and Business Coach, passionate about helping business owners and senior executives develop and execute growth plans.

His business books and information products, The Foundation Factor (2004), The Capital Coaching Program (2010), and Beyond Business Survival (2013) have been well received by many. He is also the author of three inspirational works, Remember- A Simple and Gentle Pathway to Spirit in 2005, The Practice of Awakening – 150 Ways to Raise Your Consciousness Whenever You Choose in 2010, and The Practice of Awakening II – The First Light of Joy (an Amazon best-seller) in 2013. 

Paul is also the creator of the Mind Sequencing System ( ), and has been on a journey of personal development for over 50 years. After years of slow progress and frustration, he was blessed to discover and create the components of the Mind Sequencing System, which have enabled him to enjoy life with a Profound Sense of Wellbeing.



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