30 Must-follow Dragon Boat Twitter Accounts 2016

Late last year, we have compiled and featured the Top 30 Dragon Boat Influencers on Twitter. It’s about time to get to know the next batch of boosters and agents who promote the sport through this online social networking microblogging platform. Let’s celebrate them for actively promoting and pushing to popularise the sport and make more people not just become aware but encourage them to try out our beloved sport.

But, why 30? What is its significance to Dragon Boat?

According to International Dragon Boat Federation or IDBF, the international governing body for the team water sport of dragon boat racing: “It was 30 years after the first Hong Kong International Races or HKIR, the numbers show the impressive development of Dragon Boat Sport. 50 million Dragon boaters in China and the sport, through the IDBF, has now spread to all continents’ [sic].”

World Dragon Boat Athletes

“Since the formation of the IDBF, the sport has spread rapidly throughout the world. […] 300,000 in the UK and Europe, including Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia; 90,000 in Canada and the USA and many thousands in Australia and New Zealand and with the sport now spreading through the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific Basin; Dragon Boat Sport, under its governing bodies is a vibrant, effective and independent paddle sport.”

The HKIR in the 70’s is believed to be the start of the ‘Modern Era’ of Dragon Boat Racing. In the present day, the IDBF, EDBF (European), and the ADBF (Asian) Federations are the three Federations who now govern Dragon Boating as practised in over 60 countries.[Source]

Dragon Boat

To come up with the top 30 list, we mainly used search engine & twitter search. The latter is as simple as typing dragon boat keywords on Twitter’s search field and exploring its advance search functionality. For search engine, to put it simply, the keywords will be ‘searched’ based on data which are already indexed in their system, thus the results. Each particular search engine will have varying results because each have their own ranking system and its own unique data gathering and coordinates used.

As to how its metrics and processes work, that’s another technical literature altogether. Let’s not go there for now. For this particular purpose, we used the largest dragon of them all–Google. Here they are in random order.

1. Irish Dragon Boat Team

2. Brisbane River Dragons

3. Stroke it! Dragon Boat Club

4. Stormy Dragons

5. Gushou

6. Southern California Dragon Boat Club

7. Drachenboot-Events

8. UP Dragon Boat Team

9. U.A.E. Dragon Boat Association

10. Raging Dragons

11. Los Angeles Racing Dragons

12. Hope Floats NYC

13. Living Root Dragon Boat

14. Lions Dragon Boating

15. KL Barbarians

16. George Brown Dragon Boat Club – Huskies

17. Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association

18. Dragon Boat Barrie

19. Iron Dragons

20. Dallas United Crew Delite

21. Champion Dragon Boats

22. Team Fusion Dragon Boat

23. Sunnyside Paddling Club

24. Carlow Dragon Boat Club

25. Ryerson Dragon Boat

26. Welsh Dragon Boats

27. DC Dragons

28. Austin Coolers Dragon Boat

29. Admar Dragon Boat

30. Venice Canoe & Dragon Boat

*The nomination is still open for the “Most Inspirational Dragon Boat Paddlers on Instagram.” Let us know if you want to anonymously nominate a friend, coach, team manager or a teammate. Just simply send a link of their account to our inbox: eugephemisms [at] gmail [dot] com

You may also like:
The Future of Dragon Boat
25 More Dragon Boat Accounts to Love on Instagram
Dragon Boat Team Singapore goes high gear with Under Armour

The Future of Dragon Boat

Dragon Boat has gained enormous popularity in countries like Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Poland, United States, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Great Britain, Slovak Republic, and Sweden. In Western Asia: Qatar, Israel and United Arab Emirates. In Asia Pacific, it has become widely popular in Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, India, Macau, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and China (where it all began some 2,500 years back).

The Future of Dragon Boat

While it is already popular in so many countries, the sport is getting more and more admired and well-liked, as evident in the growing number of membership in the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). It now has over 80 members and with newcomers from Monaco, Argentina, Ivory Coast, Qatar and Greece.

The following are fifteen definitive wishes that may have crossed your mind as a passionate dragon boater. No matter how wild or crazy these wishes or predictions may be, you have aspired for one, or two, or even five of them, for this sport that we all love. The question is: How do you contribute in pushing to the future of Dragon Boat?

15. To headline in Sports Illustrated Online.

After all, Dragon Boat is such a fun, tough, exciting, and colourful sport. It deserves to be in the ranks of other popular sports such as Basketball, Cricket or Baseball–which often headlines the news on print, online and TV. Are you ready for your close-up?

14. To be able to see a dragon boat coach or an IDBF Official in the cover of TIME Magazine.

For starters, it’s great to have Mike Haslam, Executive President at IDBF and Mike Thomas, Chair Holder for Competition and Technical Commission at IDBF, grace the cover of the weekly magazine. Dragon boat coaches are often neglected and under recognised. They deserve more.

13. To have a dragon boat paddler in the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Dragon boaters are sexy beasts and belles. Enough said already.

12. To be a top story feature on Walt Disney Company’s ESPN.

While the sport has been a part of traditional water sports of many cultures, especially of the Asia and the Pacific, it is now the fastest growing team sports globally. It propagates the advancement of health and fitness and likewise promotes camaraderie and sportsmanship. I would want to watch an exclusive feature of it in the most popular sports channel.

11. To have individual paddlers rise to colossal stardom.

Like other team sports, dragon boat paddlers deserve to have the recognition and popularity as that of David Beckham (Soccer), Lionel Messi (Soccer), Sachin Tendulkar (Cricket), Shahid Afridi (Cricket), Alex Rodriquez (Major League Baseball), Derek Jeter (MLB), Lebron James (Basketball), Brittney Griner (Basketball), Kobe Bryant (Basketball) or Christiano Ronaldo (Soccer).

10. For teams to become strong valuable global brands.

Think of dragon boat teams becoming as big as the New York Yankees, Real Madrid or Manchester United. Souvenir shops selling merchandise with your team name and logo on mugs, scarves, pens, t-shirts, and key chains. Oh, and yes, a co-branding on Gatorade Tumblers is not impossible, too. This could happen.

9. For the Academe to provide Athletic Scholarships for Dragon Boat.

Imagine getting a free college education for Dragon Boating. It wouldn’t also hurt to have more empirical researches and studies about this sport; and to cite Dragon Boat in the core subjects taken by Sport Science Majors. In some universities, it is already a Sport Elective in the Physical Education courses. Way to go!

8. For Universities and Colleges to pay their dragon boat student-athletes.

This will lead to creating student-athletes to jumpstart a sporting career in dragon boat while studying. Ultimately, that’s where and how the big names in Basketball and other sports get discovered.

7. For National Sports Agencies to compensate their Dragon Boat National Teams fairly.

In the future, we really wish that each country’s Sports Commission or Sports Ministry would allocate same allowances and grants for the Dragon Boat sport–an equal footing with Table Tennis, Rowing, Basketball, Soccer, Cricket, et cetera. Oh, and, with additional bonuses for successful races and other special perks for these equally hardworking athletes.

6. For NIKE and ADIDAS to create dragon boat designed kits.

These two sportswear giants should start prioritising with their research on dragon boat training wear. Since Dragon boaters, or any athletes of different athletic disciplines for that matter, are fond of buying just about any gear that’s related to the sport, it will be a sure hit. Most especially if the product has the proven technology which maximises the athletic performance. Perhaps Ralph Lauren can take part in the design process, too.

Nike and Adidas, you’re welcome! You may share some of your millions to this blogger for the idea.

5. For EA Sports and other gaming companies to develop a dragon boat sport video and computer games.

Wouldn’t it be fun? Straight line races or long distance races; Tail Race System or Repechage System; Men’s, Women’s or Mixed Classes; Seniors or Juniors; there’s just lots of areas to explore, and, it can be multi-player, too. The game would let players choose on which race venue or race distance they’d want to play; or, they can pick a player’s position or even multi-positions in the boat. To add more excitement to the computer game, it should have race officials to implement the rules of racing, et cetera. Again, it’ll be fun and interactive.

You’re welcome, EA Sports!

4. Live Telecast of the Games

This goes to SKY SPORTS, MSG Network and other major sports networks: Give us a live telecast of the major annual dragon boat events such as the Club Crew World Championships, EDBF European Club Crew Championships, European Nations Champs, Asian Champs, IDBF World Championships.

3. Dragon Boat = Super Bowl

For Dragon Boat to be as big as the Super Bowl–where advertisers would kill to spend millions of their advertising budget on a 30-seconder spot; and to have music big shots like Beyoncé, Bruno Mars or The Black Eyed Peas to perform (as in Halftime) just right before the Semis. It’s not a secret that dragon boaters love to party!

2. For the IDBF World Nations Championships to be like the FIFA World.

Try to imagine the future of dragon boat races where thousands of fans fly in to the host country to watch the races. This will not only promote the sport of dragon boat and its development but will also breed international co-operation and unity. Since it is a water sports, and it attracts massive participation, I think a good mission would be to promulgate awareness and peace on the territorial disputes and claims in the oceans and seas. We only have one planet, let’s share it peacefully.

1. To be a featured event in the Summer Olympic Games.

A bit of good news: IDBF’s application for Recognition in the IOC International Federation had been submitted to the IOC Sports Department and is now in progress. Let’s keep our paddles crossed!

What’s your wish for the future of the sport of dragon boating?

Photo Credit: Kelvin Pao
You may also like
25 Things Only Dragon Boaters Understand
30 Thoughts Every Dragon Boater Has Before The Race
On Chasing your Dragon Boat Dreams
10 Most Popular Dragon Boat Hashtags
15 Motivational Tools from Incredible Dragon Boat Captains
The Dragon Boat Hours
The Ultimate Guide to Dragon Boat Festivals and Races in Asia

The Ultimate Guide to Dragon Boat Festivals and Races in Asia

Embed from Getty Images

Here’s a list to guide you on the major dragon boat races being held in Asia. It is grouped by region and then by country. (Format: Event Name, Month – Organising Body/ies)

The event’s exact race schedule may vary each year, hence only labelled by month. The organising body as well as the regulating and supervising committees are also recognised.

This is a post-in-progress and will be updated regularly. If you think that a major dragon boat race in your country is missing or erroneous, please let us know through the comments field.

You may share this list to your team and use as a guide in planning for your next International Dragon Boat Race. Dragon boating is more fun when you add the element of travel.

Paddles Up!

Thank you. Xie xie. धन्यवाद्. Salamat. 唔該. Cám ơn. 고마워. Terima kasih.


Asia (Continental)
Asian Dragon Boat Championships / ADBC, Biennial, May-June – ADBF
Asian Games / Asiad, Quadrennial, Dates vary – AGF, OCA

South East Asia (Regional)
South East Asian Games, Biennial, May-June – SAGF, IOC, OCA

Cambodia Cambodia Dragon Boat
Bon Om Touk Water Festival, November – CDBF

China China Dragon Boat
Zhaoqing International Dragon Boat Festival, June – CDBA
Zhanjiang International Dragon Boat Festival, June – CDBA
Guangzhou International Dragon Boat Festival, June – CDBA
Shaoguan International Dragon Boat Festival, June – CDBA
Dongping Lake International Dragon Boat Invitational Tournament, September – Shandong Dong Ping Culture Bureau, Sport Bureau

Hong Kong Hong Kong Dragon Boat
Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival / Lamma500, May – Lamma Dragons
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, June – HKDBA
Stanley Dragon Boat Autumn Rally, July – Stanley Dragon Boat Association
Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships, October – Stanley DB Association, HKDBA
Stanley Mid-Autumn Cup Dragon Boat Races, September – Stanley Dragon Boat Association

India India Dragon Boat
National Dragon Boat Championship, February – DBFI
Inter-Zone & Jr. Dragon Boat National Championship, October – DBFI

Indonesia Indonesia Dragon Boat
Batam Seagull Boat Regatta, August – Batam Tourism Departments
Padang International Dragon Boat Festival, August – Padang City Government

South Korea South Korea Dragon Boat
National Dragon Boat Race, May-June – KDBA, MOMAF
Korea Open Busan International Dragon Boat Regatta, September – BDBA

Laos Laos Dragon Boat
Vientiane Boat Racing Festival, November – Mekong River Commission

Macau Macao Dragon Boat
Macau Dragonboat Festival, June – Macau Tourism
Macau International Dragon Boat Races, June – Macau Sport Development Board, Macau China Dragon Boat Association

Malaysia Malaysia Dragon Boat
Kedah International Dragon Boat Festival, April – State Government Kedah Darul Aman
Malaysia International Dragon Boat Championship & IDBF Cancer Survivors Championship, May-June – MDBA
Sabah Dragon Boat Race, June – Sabah Tourism Board
Penang International Dragon Boat Festival, June – PIDF
Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta, September – Ministry of Tourism Sarawak
Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race, December – PIDF

New Zealand 
Aoraki Open, February – ADBAI
NZCT Wellington Dragon Boat Festival, March – NZCT, Dragon Boat Festival Office
NZDBA National Championships, March – NZDBA
North Island Regional Championships, March – ADBA
South Island Dragon Boat Champs, March – ADBAI
Auckland Regional Champs, March, ADBA
Waikato Dragon Boating Super 12 Regatta, November – WDBA
Ice Breaker, December – ADBA

Philippines Philippines Dragon Boat
PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Championship 1st Leg, March – PDBF
Boracay International Dragonboat Festival, April – BIPA
PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Championship 2nd Leg, June – PDBF
PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Championship 3rd Leg, December – PDBF

Singapore Singapore Dragon Boat
DBS Marina Regatta, June – SDBA, DBS
National Inter-Schools’ Dragon Boat Championships, July – SDBA
Singapore Dragon Boat Festival, July – SDBA
SDBA-AustCham 10KM Dragon Boat Challenge, August – SDBA, AustCham Paddle Club
Singapore River Regatta, November – SDBA

Taiwan Taiwan Dragon Boat
Taipei Dragon Boat Festival, June – Taipei City Government, Taipei Department of Sports

Thailand Thailand Dragon Boat
Thailand International Swan Boat Races and Long Boat Race, September – Tourism Authority of Thailand
Phuket International Dragon Boat Festival, April – SIA
Pattaya Dragon Boat Festival, November – SIA

Vietnam Vietnam Dragon Boat
Traditional Dragon Boat Race Festival, April – Haiphong Tourism


List of Dragon Boat Associations and Federations:

ADBA – Auckland Dragon Boat Association
ADBAI – Aoraki Dragon Boat Association Inc
ADBF – Asian Dragon Boat Federation
AGF – Asian Games Federation
BDBA – Busan Dragon Boat Association
BIPA – Boracay Island Paddlers Association
CBDF – Cambodian Dragon Boat Federation
CDBA – China Dragon Boat Association
DBFI – Dragon Boat Federation of India
HKDBA – Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association
IDBF – International Dragon Boat Federation
IOC – International Olympic Committee
KDBA – Korean Dragon Boat Association
MDBA – Malaysia Dragon Boat Association
MOMAF – Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
NZCT – New Zealand Community Trust
NZDBA – New Zealand Dragon Boat Association
OAC – Olympic Council of Asia
PIDF – Penang International Dragon Boat Federation
PDBF – Philippine Dragon Boat Federation
SDBA – Singapore Dragon Boat Association
SAGF – Southeast Asian Games Federation
SEATBA – South East Asian Traditional Boat Association
SNOC – Singapore National Olympic Council

Photo Credit: Stephen D’Agostino. Follow him on Twitter @SDAgostinO

You may also like
9 Dragon Boat-iquettes Every Paddler Should Observe
POEM: Into the Dragon’s Lair
The Future of Dragon Boat
Thank you, Dragon Boat World!
8 Types of Dragon Boats You See at Races
30 Thoughts Every Dragon Boater Has Before The Race
The Dragon Boat Hours
10 Most Popular Dragon Boat Hashtags
25 Things Only Dragon Boaters Understand
Dragon Boat goes Impressionistic