Dillon McKee, 25 years old, was born and bred in Torrance and has been at the beach every day possible. There aren't many sports that Dillon hasn't tested out. Dillon's journey on the water started out at Torrance High, where he competed on the water polo team. Dillon also has a very experienced Brazilian jiu-jitsu background, along with surfing. Stand up paddle boarding has quickly became a way of life for Dillon, and is more than willing to help incorporate the lifestyle on the water into other people. Dillon is soon to be an instructor as well.
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South Bay native Brittany Long has always strived to find her way in life. After graduating from South Torrance High School Brittany attended Marinello School of Beauty becoming a licensed hair stylist in 2008. Brittany worked in various salons over the years but it wasn’t until she discovered her love for stand up paddle boarding, which lead her to discover her true passion and bliss for S.U.P. Yoga
Soon after becoming a Stand Up Paddle Instructor in 2015, many doors opened and Brittany’s journey truly began... Fascinated with yoga both on and off the water she yearned to learn more. Since then Brittany has received many certifications including the completion of two 200hr RYT teacher trainings, multiple 25-50hr advanced modules and the development of Elevated Sound Healing as a certified Sound Healer. Brittany’s goals for the future are concentrated on becoming a well rounded Stand Up Paddle and Yoga Instructor both on and off the water while continuing her studies of yoga, health and ocean awareness. Brittany plans on traveling the world and living her life mindful of her surroundings while showing kindness to everyone she encounters along the way. Schedule a lesson with her today!!!
Torrance has always been Nathan’s Home, growing up near the ocean and many bodies of water his whole life. Nathan takes pride in fishing, playing baseball and beach activities. Looking forward to completing his final year at West Torrance High School in June 2019, Nathan plans on attending a CA College to study business. Varsity Baseball Player Nathan is considered a very accomplished athlete, he has been nominated to First Team All-League, and won the South Player of the Week. Nathan continues to challenge himself by taking part in tournaments regularly.
When Nathan isn’t on the baseball field, his love for fishing and family draws him to the water's edge. One day Nathan had gone fishing and noticed a group on stand up paddle boarders enjoying themselves, not long after he decided to give it a try… This sparked a whole new view of the ocean and before he knew it, Nathan found himself immersed in this passion for stand up paddling. This beach boy can be found assisting customers around the shop, tossing the ball at the baseball field or fishing along the coastal South Bay. Come on by, Nathan is here to make sure you have a safe and comfortable S.U.P. experience. Catch yah later…
Annika Gilboy is a South Bay native who grew up in and around the water. She was a Junior Lifeguard Ocean Cadet and a captain of the Mira Costa High School swim team. Already an experienced and competitive prone paddler, SUP was a natural progression for Annika--she loves training in the Harbor and paddling out with her coworkers!
16-year-old Ryland Hart has been outrigger paddling since he was 6 years old, and naturally took to SUP paddling at 10. Ryland is a highly accomplished paddler with a Junior Division Battle of the Paddle win under his belt as well as a huge result in the 2016 OC1 Solo Molokai to Oahu World Championship, winning the junior division and placing 16th overall.
Tate Stensby (18) was born and raised in Chicago until two years when she was pulled towards the water to Hermosa Beach, CA. She graduated from Redondo Union High School and will be studying Business next year at Colorado State University and could not be more excited. She loves spending any waking moment at the beach and in the water. In her free time, she loves playing tennis, stand-up paddleboarding, and being in the sun!
Keoni DeFries is a 16-year-old who loves spending time in and on the water. He competitively paddles outrigger with the Lanakila Canoe Club as well as surfs, and stand up paddles. He competed in the 2017 Kaiwi Channel Solo, an outrigger canoe race from Moloka'i to O'ahu. This summer he and his team travel to Tahiti to compete in the World Distance Championships. When he isn't traveling around to compete you can find him at the Tarsan shop, he is more than happy to talk story with you, or help anyone who wants to learn.
We are thankful Eric decided to leave Seattle and come hang in SoCal! This guy lives life to the fullest. Eric travels every chance he gets. He began Stand Up Paddling in 2011, and has done it ever since. Eric is also an avid SUP surfer.
Gene "TARSAN" Smith was introduced to the sport by Laird Hamilton who suggested that SUPing could allow him the opportunity to get back into exercising while recovering from a concussion. Once Gene tried the sport, there was no turning back. He makes stand-up a priority in his daily life, competes as often as possible and loves to introduce and teach the sport to newcomers. Gene has been seen on many podiums at a variety of races. He has raced for Team Quickblade since the start of his racing career and currently signed on to ride for Team Laird.
Cody is from Redondo Beach and has been around the water all of her life. She has enjoyed playing soccer for the last eleven years, and is currently playing for the Chico State Women’s soccer team. When she isn’t on the soccer field or at the shop, you can find her hanging out at the beach with friends, stand-up paddle boarding, going on bike rides, listening to music, or just hanging out! Cody is really good with kids and is excited to be helping instruct the kids camps this summer! Come on by, Cody will make sure your SUP experience is the best it can be!
Kevin is currently attending San Diego State University, but he grew up locally. When he isn't at work you will likely find him at Torrance Beach swimming, surfing, or just hanging with his friends. His love for stand up paddle boarding has only grown in the 3 years that he has been on the Tarsan Team. If you see him on the water say hi!
TARSAN is keeping it in the family with young employee Brooke Smith. Brooke is 15 years old and has been paddling for over half of her life. She is attending Mira Costa High School and is stoked to be helping out at the family business. She loves to be in the water, whether it is hanging out at the beach with friends or going on a family paddle.