About TOCC

Malama O Ke Kai (Respect of the Sea)

Malama O Ke Wa'a (Respect of the Canoe)

Malama O Ke Ohana (Respect of the Family)

Malama O Ke Aina (Respect of the Land)

Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club was established to:

  • Preserve and promote the sport outrigger canoe paddling & racing.

  • Preserve and promote the Polynesian spirit of Aloha which is to accept people regardless of appearance, beliefs, sex, race or religion and to share our Aloha with them.

  • Provide opportunities through civic affairs that will enhance the culture of the Polynesian people and to preserve those ideals that will improve the educational growth of people in the community in which we live.

  • Provide opportunities for members to participate in educational, social and cultural enrichment programs and activities.

Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club (TOCC) was formed in 1993 by Susan "Susea" Grant with support from a former teammate Daphne Hougard. Susea's vision of starting TOCC came after relocating to the Bay Area from Southern California, where she paddled and raced with Marina del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club for 23 years. It was there under the guidance of coaches Steven Kekuewa and Sandy Kahanamoku (nephew of the famous Duke Kahanamoku), that Susea was fortunate enough to race in the first women's Molokai-to-Oahu channel race, also referred to as the Na Wahine O' Ke Kai (The Women of the Sea).

The natural beauty of the Marin County inspired Susea to name the club after Mt. Tamalpais, the famous Bay Area mountain whose name is derived from a Native American myth "the sleeping maiden". The club's colors also reflect the beauty of the area: forest green and sky blue.  TOCC is a member of the NCOCA and a 501 (c) (7) club.  

2019 Board of Directors

President: Fred Akpala
Vice President: Michele Dermer
Race Coordinator:  Barrett Hegerle
Treasurer: Hilary Baldi
Sergeant of Arms: Richard Howard-Gibbon
Secretary: Tina Gray

Coaching Team

Men: Ken Pacada

Women:  Angela Flaviani

Novice:  Tevita Moce