Tarsan Stand Up Paddle Boarding opened a second location in Redondo Beach on Saturday, December 14, 2013. To call the new location just a shop, however, does not fully do justice to what owners Gene and Pamela Smith have created. Situated on the water at the northern end of King Harbor, Tarsan’s Redondo Beach location has all the ingredients to transform into a destination for stand up paddle boarders and fitness enthusiasts of all ages.
Complimenting a fantastic dockside location which fully eliminates the need for paddlers to carry their SUPs to and from the water, Tarsan is introducing a membership program offering participants the opportunity to check out and use up to 70 different SUPs from race boards to recreational cruisers. The membership program grew out of a “desire to get paddlers into a safe harbor” while at the same time “reducing the amount of wear and tear on boards”, said Gene. Tarsan plans to initiate the membership program by offering four tiers. The first will cater to military members and civil servants, followed by a standard membership, a family package and preferred membership. Regardless of status, showers and changing rooms are available on site for use by members of the Tarsan Tribe as well as rental customers.
The outdoor fun does not stop there. Tarsan is pioneering a one of a kind downwind excursion program which will deliver adventurous paddlers from the dockside location to a spot several miles out in the bay, providing them the opportunity paddle with the wind as they ride the bumps back to shore. Benefiting from favorable geography, down winding is a well known discipline in Hawaii where the island of Maui’s famed Maliko Run is revered throughout the global SUP community. Overcoming the laws of geography, Tarsan’s downwind program will eliminate the need for paddlers to shuttle between their start and finish points (a common logistical hurdle) and is sure to elevate the senses.
In addition to the membership and downwind programs, Tarsan plans to host a variety of professional SUP clinics throughout the year featuring top athletes such as hometown champion Danny Ching to Hawaii’s Kai Lenny. Rounding out the on the water offerings, Tarsan will be kicking off a grom program modeled on the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club’s highly successful Juniors Outrigger Team to train the next generation of SUP athletes.
Back inside the “shop” will be an extensive array of soft goods infusing Tarsan’s own line of apparel with the top brands in SUP gear. There will of course be a variety of boards on offer from Laird, 404, and Starboard, among others, but stand up paddle boarding would not be stand up paddle boarding without the paddle. Matt Becker, a top SUP athlete from Santa Cruz, once said, “If you are going to pick between a really good board and a really good paddle – choose the paddle.” The folks at Tarsan are evidently of a similar mind and have dedicated a sizeable section of their Redondo Beach location to the all important paddle. The complete virtues of a paddle’s importance are the material for another article. Nevertheless, it bears mentioning that Tarsan has partnered with Olympian Jimmy Terrell of Quickblade to create a one of a kind paddling flume which will provide customers the opportunity to not only to comfortably size their paddle in a recreated on the water environment, but also serve as a fantastic training tool for fine tuning your stroke.
Topping it all off will be a satellite location of Granny’s Grocery & Deli – a longtime South Bay staple – offering pre-packaged sandwiches, wraps and drinks for take away or if in the mood to linger – to be enjoyed outside on Tarsan’s terrace. Part shop, part club, part deli – all wrapped up in a healthy atmosphere of aloha spirit and adventure. The new Tarsan location in Redondo Beach is truly a first class facility and a welcome member of the South Bay community.
Tarsan Stand Up Paddle Boarding – 831 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California, 310-798-2200 and their original location at 936 Hermosa Avenue, #105, Hermosa Beach, California, 310-798-7878