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From humble beginnings as a windsurfing school in 1979, Outside has grown into a dynamic 4 division business with operations in South Carolina and Georgia. Driven by a mission to enrich lives by connecting people to exceptional places, products and experiences, Outside offers fully customized group travel services, team building programs, activities and specialty retail.

Outside is a constantly evolving and growing business, fortified by a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about creating and delivering truly remarkable experiences for all of Outside’s clients. Leveraging their deep local connections, Outside designs exclusive experiences catered to the needs and objectives of their customers. Simply put, Outside unlocks the nature, history and culture of the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire for our customers.

Our mission is to enrich lives by connecting people to exceptional places and experiences.


Mike Overton started a small windsurfing company on the beaches of Hilton Head Island while on summer break from the University of Vermont. He would soon move the start-up school to South Beach, on the southern end of the island. It would become the largest windsurfing school on the East Coast, and hosted some of the best attended windsurfing events available.

As the island and Mike’s vision grew, Windsurfing Hilton Head became Outside Hilton Head and then simply Outside. During those early years, Outside concentrated on creating and providing interpretive kayak tours to island residents and visitors. The flagship store, located in the Plaza at Shelter Cove, was opened in 1986 and offered an expanded selection of the finest outdoor wear and gear available.

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