Today dragon boat racing has become a popular water sport in almost 60 countries which include South Asian Countries like Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
The dragon boat festival of China started about 2000 years ago. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month to commemorate the famous patriotic poet Qu Yuan from the Warring States Period (475 B.C- 221 B. C).
Dragon boat activity is mostly done in southeastern and northeastern areas of china where rivers and lakes are densely scattered. The main activities done during dragon boating festivals include dragon boat racing, eating Zongzi, hanging flag-leaves on the gates and drinking regular wine etc. With the passing time, dragon boat festivals got well received by the peoples of South East Asian countries. Today dragon boat racing has become a popular water sport in almost 60 countries which include South Asian Countries like Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
A dragon boat is a human powered watercraft that is traditionally made from teak wood to various designs and sizes. Today, dragon boats are used for competitive purposes, and thus are made of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials.
The dragon boat is deeply embedded in China’s Dragon culture, with each boat having an ornately carved dragon’s head at the Bow and a tail in the stern. During dragon boat races the hull is painted with dragon scales and paddles represent the claws. A single dragon boat consists of 18 to 20 paddlers plus a drummer and a steer’s person. The main force during a dragon boat race comes from paddlers who actuate the boat. Drummers are in charge of guiding the frequency and synchronicity of all paddlers moves. Meanwhile the drumbeat also inspires the crew’s spirit in the competition. The steers person takes the control of the moving direction of the boat, and guarantees the safety of other members.
International dragon boat federation (IDBF) and its continental Federations like ADBF and EDBF today, govern dragon boating events all over the world. There are even dragon boating clubs which conduct dragon boat racing for their customers. They provide life jackets to each participant, and provide a dragon boat to each team member. Paddlers just need to buy dragon boat paddles and some necessary clothing accessories like ¾th pants, sporting shoes, sunglasses, to participate in the dragon boating event.
Dragon boating events are vibrant, fun and are also suitable for all ages, fitness levels & abilities. It’s an environmental friendly activity in which everyone can get involved. Newly joined Participants in a dragon boating event can buy dragon boat accessories like dragon boat seat pad, paddle bag and paddle blade cover to carry and protect their boating paddles.
Dragon boating sport is the popular team building event which makes everyone working together. It’s not about individual skills, as everyone in the team together must paddle to win the race. Looking at the popularity of the water sport, many sports paddle manufacturers are providing customized dragon boat paddles in colorful designs and shapes to their customers. They provide paddles made up of carbon fiber which also has a T grip at the ending. So if you to wish to buy such paddles, you can contact our staff members.