Our Story

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Our Founder

Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club (TOCC) was formed in 1993 by Susan "Susea" Grant (1958 - 2016) 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.

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Canoe Names

Canoes are born, they are not made. Choosing the name of a canoe is as important as choosing the name for a child.  The names of our canoe reference our environment, the legend of Tamalpais and the many languages spoken throughout Polynesia. 


Kula ‘Anela (Hawaiian) Golden Angel 


Tamahine Moe Moe’a (Tahitian) Dreaming Maiden


Pomaika’i (Hawaiian) Blessed, Fortunate, Lucky


James Hamilton a founding member of Tamalpais


Adi Kula (Fijian) Woman of Royal Distinction


Ho’olele (Hawaiian) Make Her Fly

 

 

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Pule

In keeping with Hawaiian tradition, we begin every season with a Pule (blessing) Ceremony, where  we bless our canoes, the members of our Ohana (family) and our paddles. We share our mana (energy) with the canoes and ask that they guide us safely on all of our journeys in the sea.

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Our Polynesian Ohana

Throughout Tamalpais' history, the club has always remained close to its Polynesian roots, and  has played a key role in welcoming several Polynesian Voyaging Canoes to San Francisco as they voyage around the globe. These have included:

 

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TOCC Board of Directors

President:  Angela Flaviani 

Vice President: Rich Singer

Treasurer: Patricia Wynne

Sargent at Arms: Dean Borton

Secretary:  Catherine Singleson

Race Coordinator: Mimi Towle 

TOCC Coaches

Open: Ken Pacada and Jacobe Uruvaru

Novice: Richard Howard Gibbon

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