Guest Posting | Introducing Gushou, The Future of Dragon Boat Organization

Gushou is an online sport management platform designed for dragon boat. It is a hub, tool, and resource for all segments of the global dragon boat community. Gushou (pronounced “Gu-shoe”) means drummer in Chinese. The drummer is the pulse of any dragon boat team and we want to be the pulse of the dragon boat community.

Gushou the Dragon

We have been paddlers, team captains, coaches, and event organizers. With over 40 years of combined experience in dragon boat and other paddling sports between the two of us, we have both experienced and observed specific challenges that face athletes and organizers in the dragon boat community. We also run Sunnyside Paddling Club – with over 3000 paddlers, it is the largest in North America. Gushou was built to address the specific challenges of team captains, organizers, and paddlers – created by paddlers for paddlers. We’re looking to make an amazing sport more accessible to everyone.

The Founders

Blake Harra

Blake Harra

Chrissy Wessman

Chrissy Wessman

On Gushou, Team Captains can manage their roster, streamline communication in one place, and recruit new paddlers more efficiently. Paddlers can find teams who are recruiting in their area and stay up to date on the latest team communication, and practice and race schedules. Event/Club Organizers can promote themselves and will soon will be able to manage registration and scheduling, easily communicate with all stakeholders, track charitable giving, and increase revenue through wider community recognition. Another feature to be added is the vendor marketplace. Because dragon boat isn’t as widely known as some of the other mainstream sports, you can’t just go anywhere to get gear. Paddlers will be able to connect with vendors to make Gushou a true one-stop-shop for all things dragon boat.

We’re currently developing the next phase and we are always rolling out new and better features based on user feedback. We want to create the ultimate user experience that will be the future of dragon boat organization for the global community.

By Chrissy Wessman and Blake Hara

Website: www.gogushou.com

Indiegogo Campaign (running until August 7 11:59 PM): With over 100 events, 150 teams, and thousands of paddlers already registered on the platform, Gushou is currently stepping into the next phase of the launch strategy. They are running a crowdfunding campaign to help them get to the next development level. They are creating the ultimate user experience for all things dragon boat. Gushou will give the ability to track race results in real time and event history in addition to the continuously evolving team organization features.


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PHOTOS: Marcel Nguyen qualifies for Rio Olympics

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Marcel and the rest of Team Germany who qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5th – 21st August 2016. Germany’s Men’s Gymnastics “Dream Team” is composed of Marcel Nguyen, Andreas Bretschneider, Andreas Toba, Philipp Herder, Ivan Rittschik, Helge Liebrich, and Lukas Dauser. Viel Glück!

Let us share with you some of the most poetic and inspiring shots of double Olympic medalist, Marcel Nguyen. Thanks to the gracious courtesy of 24passion GbR for providing us with an exclusive interview with Marcel and for giving us permission to use these amazing images.


Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR

Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR

Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR

Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR

Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR

Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR

Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR

Marcel Nguyen 24passion GbR


 
Olympic Medalist Marcel Nguyen on his Next Big Goal | An Exclusive Interview

FULL INTERVIEW HERE

FEATURED ARTIST: El Maestro Edbon Sevilleno

A true-blue Negrense, Edbon Sevilleno, grew up in the quiet town of Saravia in Negros Occidental, Philippines. In his senior year at St. Joseph’s Academy, that was when he met our brother Emil. He later on pursued to study Fine Arts at La Consolacion College and then the rest is history. They have been friends for almost four decades now and have been in touch with each other since. They make it a point to meet up whenever both their time and availability permit.

Just a few weeks ago, we had a great pleasure of meeting Manong Edbon and his doting wife, Chen, in Manila. Although we only spent a very limited time with them, we were able to get to know them more. Manong Edbon even showed us images of some of his works from his mobile phone. His artworks come in various forms and medium—from comic strips, illustrations, portraits, sketches, and, of course, paintings.

Here are just some of our favourites:

Ambon sa Binondo Watercolour on Paper 53 x 73 cm Edbon Sevilleno 2015

© Edbon Sevilleno Ambon sa Binondo (Drizzle in Binondo), 2015 Watercolour on Paper 53cm x 73cm

Diniwid Beach Boracay 30 x 40 cm Plein Air © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Diniwid Beach Boracay, 2014 Plein Air 30cm x 40cm

Galing Milling Season Coffee Stain & Mascovado © Edbon Sevilleno 2012

© Edbon Sevilleno Galing (Milling Season), 2012 Coffee Stain & Mascovado

Isang Kahig... Watercolor on W&N Artist WC Paper 300 gm 55x75 cm © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Isang Kahig…, 2014 Watercolour on W&N Artist WC Paper 300g 55cm x 75cm

© Edbon Sevilleno Taksim Tram, 2015 Watercolour on Sugar Cane Art Paper 36cm x 48cm

© Edbon Sevilleno Taksim Tram, 2015 Watercolour on Sugar Cane Art Paper 36cm x 48cm

Kabo (Chief) © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Kabo (Chief), 2014

Landong sa akon dalanon Shadows on my path 36 x 48 cm Watercolour on Lana Sugar Cane Paper 280 gsm © Edbon Sevilleno 2015

© Edbon Sevilleno Landong sa akon dalanon (Shadows on my path), 2015 Watercolour on Lana Sugar Cane Paper 280g 36cm x 48cm

Qadeem Jeddah 60 X 45 cm Watercolor on 140 lb WC Paper © Edbon Sevilleno 2015 Scanned Version

© Edbon Sevilleno Qadeem Jeddah, 2015 Watercolour on 140lb WC Paper Scanned Version 60cm x 45cm

Tay Kapuy (Dad is Tired) 23 x 32 cm Watercolor © Edbon Sevilleno 2016

© Edbon Sevilleno Tay Kapuy (Dad is Tired), 2016 Watercolour 23 cm x 32 cm

This multi-awarded artist is now based in the Middle East where he works as a Creative Director at a multinational advertising and branding agency. With several one-man-shows and group exhibitions in his portfolio, he takes pride in giving back to the community, especially to his roots—Negros Occidental province.

During his annual vacation in his hometown, he would conduct Master Classes in Bacolod City. These hands-on workshops aim to teach young artists and even those who wanted to start to learn how to paint. This gesture of giving back and sharing his talent is truly admirable; and since it is innate in him, he would occasionally post bits and pieces of tips and tutorials on his Facebook Page.

While Manong Edbon humbly describes himself as “a prolific art nomad,” he is very well-respected, too, by his peers not just for his artistry but also for his kindness and humility. His works were featured in various art exhibitions abroad, and, in his homeland, The Philippines.

See more of his amazing works on these links: sinkosiete.deviantart.com; fineartamerica.com/profiles/edbon-sevilleno

Author’s Note: All images used with permission from the featured artist.

Photo of the Day | Pont d’Avignon

Pont d'Avignon France

Subject: Pont d’Avignon/Pont Saint-Bénézet/Saint Benezet Bridge
Location: Avignon, France
Architect: Jean de Tensanges

Pasándolo Bomba: La Trastienda Tapas

Apart from the magnificent views of the Spanish outskirts that you’ll enjoy, travelling by land from Valencia to Madrid can be fun, enjoyable, and comfortable, too. Thanks to ALSA bus fleet’s modern travel and leisure services. ALSA is a leading Spanish bus operator which caters to the EU states and even to some North African countries.

We booked a SUPRA Class in one of ALSA’s modern buses and the business class-like ride was indeed a superior treat. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’d like to direct your attention to the screen in front of you..” Sadly, there wasn’t any actual or onscreen safety demonstration like in airplanes; yet, we had individual screens for movies-on-the-road and a travel attendant who served snacks and drinks during the trip. ¡Qué disfrutando de la vida!

After a seven-hour journey from Valencia, we headed straight to downtown Madrid to have some refreshments by the Plaza de Chueca. Here are some photos of what we had for just a casual dinner for three at La Trastienda Tapas.

Our friendly local host, Juan Carlos (not the former King of Spain), wanted us to try some local Madrileña specialties and if not for him, we wouldn’t have found this gastronomic gem in the country’s capital. This place is secretly situated at one corner, near the fruits and vegetables market, on the second floor of Mercado de San Antón en la Calle de Augusto Figueroa, Madrid.

Mercado de San Antón

La Trastienda Tapas

La Trastienda Tapas

Tabla de Quesos, de Temporada con sus cositas

Tabla de Quesos, de Temporada con sus cositas

Cesta de pan

Cesta de pan

Degustacion de Croquetas

Degustacion de Croquetas

La Trastienda Tapas

Pan de cristal con tomate

Pan de cristal con tomate

Caña de Lomo Iberico, almendras, pan tomate

Caña de Lomo Iberico, almendras, pan tomate

La Trastienda Tapas


LA TRASTIENDA TAPAS
Augusto Figueroa, 24, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Telephone: +34 913 300 271
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