6 Common Kinds of Paddlers You Paddle With In The Boat

In your paddling life, you’d meet different kinds of people with different personalities and from different backgrounds, too. Some you’d easily get along with, some you just wouldn’t. And that’s okay because, first and foremost, you joined the team to paddle and there’s a lot more reasons for you to still be able to eat, sleep, and breathe the sport of paddling.

To be truly part of the team is to play your part, that is: to be full of hope, to be willing to learn and work hard, and, most importantly, to be kind.

1. The Motivator

He’s the one who pushes you to do your best–to paddle harder and to train more often. While he does his best to embolden and encourage you to put more effort in learning the techniques, he shows you how it’s done and he makes sure that you dig your paddle deep with your soul and might.

2. The Whiner

This paddler does more whining rather than paddling. It can be about the training program, the new coach, or anything that’s not paddling-related even. It’s just non-stop and it drains everyone’s energy and patience. If you feel like you’re being treated unfairly by anyone from the team, try to open up a dialogue but be pleasant and treat it with utmost professionalism.

3. The Ball of Fire

He gives his all. He shows up in all scheduled practices and he performs his best. He believes that putting effort in training will make him a better paddler, a better teammate. For when the races come, he is ready and his mindset would be like: It’s just one of those regular trainings, only with Umpires and Judges.

4. The Unenthusiastic

He may show up at practices but with such low energy and the performance is half-baked. It’s better to get your focus back, re-fuel, and then go back to practice. The paddler’s power and performance, or lack of it, during the training period will determine the team’s performance on actual race days.

5. The Keeper

He values the team’s unity, in and out of the boat. He keeps them excited to go to training and he persuades teammates who have not been training to come back and paddle. He’s everyone’s friend and you want to paddle alongside him always. He’s the team’s positive energy and the watchdog of whiners.

6. The Boat Wrecker

Quite obviously, this person is unhappy, therefore he does things that demoralises a teammate or the entire team—and so the boat becomes so much heavier. Every so often, they’re the ones who’s not performing at practices and fails at fitness tests. That’s why it’s important to be goal-oriented yourself and then align it with the team’s objectives and aspirations.

Photo credit: Christine Pezzulo; GIFs via Giphy


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Tough, Ripped, And Inspiring Paddlers We Follow on Instagram

Here’s a roundup of paddlers we follow on Instagram. We intend to not say much about each of their accounts, so it’s up for you to discover and enjoy. Whether a photo’s subject is about dragon boat, food, pets, nature or themselves, their galleries show how passionate they are about paddling, fitness, and just simply loving life.

A newbie, a leisure dragon boater, a world champion–it’s an exciting mix. Take inspiration from the stories they tell through their IG; and on how they keep fit, sexy, and healthy through sports, exercise, and eating well. Some dope pointers on how to look damn hot in photos, too!

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Gf making sure my hair is off my face when I train. ♡

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#dragonboats #coach La comarca Dragon Boats tercera temporada!! Foto del crack German Frias!

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Worlds day 1- U24 women taking home the 2k GOLD 🇨🇦🍁🏆 #worlds #dragonboat #teamcanada

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#dragonboating #dragonboatfestival #yaris #zamani

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Road trip! #bobbie #beagle #roadtrip #fatherdaughter #weekend

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#shooting #lastweek #withnicole #fun #sporty #training #tattoos #blonde #happy #cap #newyorkyankees

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#penang #race #day #dragonboat #paddle#team#argonaga

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Chins❤️ #rättinibiceps #apelsinibastun #chins

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#badkarmawaves #longboardfunboard#surfingportugal

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Seriedad, templaza, y nervios de acero virtudes que no son valoradas por todo el mundo #DragonBoat #DragonBoatPinatar #UCAM #Piragüismo

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Old shirt, new hairstyle!!

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Confidently Beautiful in a Dragon Boat

Some of most beautiful women in the universe were spotted in a dragon boat in the paradise island of Boracay in the Philippines. Sixteen lovely beauties visited Boracay and were warmly welcomed by the officials and locals of Malay in Aklan, the province where the world-famous island is situated. Aside from paddling in the beautiful shores of Boracay, the contestants also got to try fishnet-making and handicraft-weaving using palm leaves.

The island visit is just one segment of the different pre-pageant activities that all 86 contestants must go through. Such activities include photo shoots, swimwear competition, and women empowerment activations–all leading to the 65th Miss Universe Coronation Night scheduled on the 30th January at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

This dragon boat training activity organised for the Miss Universe candidates is a great exposure for the sport of dragon boat. Don’t we all want to live to see the day where every time we mention ‘dragon boat’, we’ll hear: “Oh cool!”, instead of “Sorry, dragon what?”

Here are some the photos of them Confidently Beautiful paddlers!

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Thanks to Richelle Louise Singson-Michael and the whole Miss Universe marketing team who made this Dragon Boat segment possible in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Solar Sports and the Province of Aklan. Watch it air LIVE on 29th January on FOX from The Philippines.

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Dragon Boat World Athlete: Medals are Not the Ultimate Goal

This Q&A was with Dragon Boat World Athlete, Nutcharat Chimbanrai, National Athlete – Thailand Dragon Boat Team.

Dragon Boat World Athlete Nutcharat Chimbanrai

DRAGON BOAT WORLD ATHLETE PROFILE

NAME: Nutcharat Chimbanrai นุจเรศ ฉิมบ้านไร่
BIRTHPLACE: Samutprakarn, Thailand
AGE: 25yo
TRAINING COMMITMENT: Part-time
POSITION: Captain
PADDLING SIDE: Left
HEIGHT: 170cm
WEIGHT: 62kg
STATUS: Single

MEDAL RECORD:
IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships 2015, GoldWomen, 200m
IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships 2015, GoldWomen, 500m
Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) 2015, Silver – Women 12, 200m
Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) 2015, Gold – Women 12, 500m
Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) 2015, Gold – Women 6, 200m
Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) 2015, Gold – Women 6, 500m


Nutcharat Chimbanrai, our featured Dragon Boat World Athlete from Thailand, has been doing dragon boat for 12 years now. She was part of the team called: “2550”; her very first dragon boat team. In Thailand, when you are from 2550, it means that you belong to one of the strongest teams and then you are likely to be considered for the National Team.

Dragon Boat World Athlete Nutcharat Chimbanrai

“We live near the river”, she said. “Most of my life, I would say, it’s either I’m in the water or in the boat. As I grow up, I would always watch the annual boat race near our house as part of a tradition. I guess that’s where my love for dragon boat racing all began. My first dragon boat race was with 2550 and then I was selected to compete in the Southeast Asian Games 2007 held here in Thailand.”

Dragon Boat World Athlete Nutcharat Chimbanrai

Let’s get to know more about Nutcharat (or Nut for short) and her dragon boat journey. You’ll be surprised to know her take on what’s an “ultimate goal” really is in dragon boat.

Dragon Boat World Athlete Nutcharat Chimbanrai


Q: It’s tough to qualify for Thailand Dragon Boat Team. Aside from experience and a certain fitness level that one must possess, can you simply describe it in two words?

A: Strength. Endurance.

Q: Where do you practice in Thailand? How many times in a week does Thailand National team practice? How many hours in one day?

A: We practice in Siam Country Club in Chonburi. Sometimes we hold trainings in the reservoirs, rivers or canals at the Chaiya District. There is no definite training schedule; it varies on what needs to be done or improved.

Q: What are the benefits of being a National Athlete?

A: I have found love and great friends in my dragon boat team. They are like my family. I have learned about the importance of teamwork.

Q: How big is the Team Thailand now? How many men? How many women?

A: There are 26 men and 26 women. It’s equal in number.

Dragon Boat World Athlete Nutcharat Chimbanrai

Q: As a seasoned National Athlete, what does the sport of dragon boat mean to you?

A: The traditional boat race for me means to demonstrate unity.

Q: You have already won medals in the Southeast Asian Games and World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, what is your ultimate goal in your dragon boating career?

A: We play sports like dragon boat because we love doing it. The awards and medals are only a small part of it. Yes, you will strive to be the best but in so doing, loving and enjoying the sport is already an ultimate goal achieved.

Dragon Boat World Athlete Nutcharat Chimbanrai

Q: Outside of Dragon Boat, who is the athlete that you admire most and why?

A: Buakaw Banchamek. He’s a Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion. While I have no intentions of learning this sport, I do admire him for his focus and motivation. He doesn’t succumb to any obstacles.

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The Pink Ribbon Army: Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams All Across the World

This is a tribute post to all the Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams which exist all over the globe. While these dragon boat teams have been the navigators of the added fun and respectful support system for all paddling breast cancer patients and survivors, these teams have surely fostered camaraderie, friendship, sisterhood and sportsmanship amongst their team members.

Dragon boat has indeed become very popular in the breast cancer landscape. For many, the sport has played a big role in their journey—from detection to treatment—to survivorship. In our earlier post, we mentioned that there have been studies that dragon boat is good for the well-being of the patients and survivors; but we also believe that the benefits also extend to the families and even the caregivers who have been supportive as well.

“These men and women of dragon boat are our pride and inspiration as they are the cancer survivors or cancer patients who paddle and even race with us. As they crusade for awareness or even early detection of the disease, they play the big role in advocating and motivating other survivors and patients to maintain a good quality of life by keeping fit, strong and happy.[…]” [8 Types of Dragon Boats You See At Races]

So, to all the individuals, groups or organisations who have formed and founded these Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams, we salute you for initiating and gathering this army of women and men. You have selflessly provided fun, hope, respect, support and care for these paddlers (patients and survivors) who may have, at some point, felt alone, hopeless or frustrated with the treatment.

To all the founders of these teams, you truly deserve the Pink Ribbon of Honour from all of us in the dragon boat community! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams

Argentina

Remeras Rosas La Plata

Australia

Adelaide Survivors Abreast Dragon Boat Club
Amazons Perth Dragon Boat Club
Brave Hearts on the Murray
Dragons Abreast Australia
Dragons Abreast Ballarat
Dragons Abreast Bendigo
Dragons Abreast Canberra
Dragons Abreast Geelong
Dragons Abreast Gold Coast
Dragons Abreast Groups
Dragons Abreast Melbourne/DAM Busters
Dragons Abreast Penrith
Dragons Abreast Sydney

Canada

Abreast In A Boat
Angels Abreast’s Dragon Boat Team
Barrie’s Ribbons of Hope Ontario
Breasts Ahoy
Breaststrokes
Busting With Energy
Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Team
Chestmates Dragon Boat Team
Dragons Abreast Toronto
Dragon Flies
International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission
Knot A Breast – Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team
North Shore Dragon Busters
Paddling for Life Society
Rowbust Dragonboat Racing Team
Sistership Dragon Boat Association
Spirit Warriors Dragon Boat Team
Survivors Abreast Peterborough Dragon Boat Team
Survivorship Dragon Boat Team
Survivor Thrivers
The WonderBroads Dragon Boat Team
Warriors of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Racing Team
West Island Dragons

France

Dragon Ladies LoVe
Dragon Pink Ladies Angers
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Pink Dragon Ladies Vannes

Germany

Ladybugs

Ireland

Cork Dragons
Donegal Dragons
Graine Mhaol Dragon Boat Team
Plurabelle Paddlers
Suir Dragon Paddlers
Waterford Dragon Warriors

Italy

Astro Dragon Ladies
Dragonette Torino Dragon Boat Team
Dragonflies
Florence Dragon Lady
Forzarosa Donna
Iscrizione Trifoglio Rosa
Karalis Pink Team
Pink Butterfly
Pink Lioness

Qatar

The Doha Wireless Warriors

New Zealand

Boobops Dragon Boat Team
Busting with Life Dragon Boat Team
Cancer Society Wairarapa Dragon Boat Club
Cansurvive Dragon Boat Team
Simply the Breast Dragon Boat Team

Singapore

BCF Paddlers in the Pink
Pink Spartans

South Africa

AmaBele Belles BCS Dragon Boat Team

Switzerland

Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival

United Kingdom

Lagan Dragons
Paddlers for Life
Pink Champagne Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team
PINK Dragon Network UK
Pool of Life
Port Edgar Dragons
Wave Walkers – Dragon Boat Team

United States of America

Against the Wind Breast Cancer Survivor Team
Breast of Friends
Derby City Dragons
Dragon Boat Atlanta, Inc, The only Breast Cancer Awareness team in Georgia
Dragon Boat Charleston’s Paddles and Pearls
Dragon Divas
Dragon Dream Team
Dragonheart Vermont
Empire Dragon Boat Team NYC
Go Pink DC
Healing Dragons of Charlotte
Hope in the Boat
Indy SurviveOars
Lake James Healing Dragons
Los Angeles Pink Dragons
Orlando Warriors on Water
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Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team
PINK PHURREE Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team
Pink Steel Breast Cancer Survivor Team
Prairie Dragon Paddlers
Soaring Spirits BCS Dragon Boat Team
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Team SOS Miami
The Kentucky Thorough-Breasts
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Please share this list to those who may still be looking for a Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team to join or support near their area. If your team is not listed above, kindly help us complete the worldwide listing by sending an email with your Team Name, Country and Link of Website/Facebook Page. Cheers!

Photo Credit: Drôles de Rames