Kari, a Devon sculptor and swimmer, is the OSS muse. She was there in a tiny Lake District hotel room with Kate when the idea of the OSS was born in November 2005 fresh from a swim around Crummock in the dark, and has been the inspiration for many of our finest ideas ever since. Where Kari dreams, the rest of us follow - she is behind many things that have become mainstays of the OSS movement, such as Breastrokes (our inland charity swims held in 2006 and 2007), the Dart10k and is currently developing a new school of swimming (more soon, we hope).
Kari is an active swimmer in Devon, where she lives, and is constantly investigating and introducing people to new stretches of the Coast and the Dart. She teaches swimming in Devon and London, specialising in a very gentle kind of instruction and effortless swimming that gets you thinking of your relation to the water, helps overcome deep water fears, and has everyone under her tuition doing butterfly in a light, grunt-free way.
To see her sculpture and work with fish skin: www.karifurre.co.uk.