There are over 900 members in the California Dragon Boat Association cdba.org and many competitors and participants. From young to old, all ages can participate in the exciting water sport. All you need is a dragon boat.
Dragon Boating- For racing events, dragon boats are always rigged with
decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails and are required to carry a large drum
aboard. At other times the decorative regalia is usually removed, although the
drum often remains aboard for training purposes. The most common competition
includes 20 paddlers per dragon boat that has a
drummer and a steers person. The goal is simple: paddle to cross the finish faster than the
competition. It's a team sport in its purest form that encompasses the
elements of power, speed, synchronization and endurance. The popularity comes
from the fact that the sport can accommodate a wide
spectrum of skill levels ranging from novice to competitive. Youth dragon boat
races and teams over age 70 compete. It's great fun, even if you don't win.
Dragon Boat Races 2013:
San Francisco July 14, 2013 CDBA Dragon Boat Regatta
Lake Merced, 1 Harding Road, San Francisco, CA. cdba.org
Situated in the Sunset district of San Francisco Lake Merced is a fresh water recreational and natural resource for the surrounding community. Surrounded by golf courses, Lake Merced Parking Information: Parking is free of charge. There are several parking areas around the practice site but please use the 2nd parking lot furthest to the left as you face the Boat House (this will be to the left of the fenced-in lot that is directly to the left of the Boat House). If that lot is full, park in the spots across the street from the Boat House. The practice site is across the street down the hill at the boat ramp.
Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival July 27-28, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.
Marine Stadium, Long Beach, CA lbdragonboat.com
Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival July 27-28, 2013. In addition to hosting one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California, there will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Come join the fun, food and excitement. Time: 10 a.m. Marine Stadium, Long Beach, CA.
Oakland Dragon Boat Festival August 10-11, 2013
Oakland's Lake Merritt is the setting for this colorful competition, PDBA Regional. The Festival is a fun and competitive weekend of racing on Lake Merritt, the jewel of downtown Oakland. Presented by the Oakland Renegades in association with Oakland Park & Rec and PDBA oaklanddragonboatfestival.org
Lake Gregory, Crestline Dragon Boat Races August 17-18, 2013
Races go from 10 a.m. to 3:30. Cost is $120 team, or $10 per boat / person, teams of 12. lgdragonboat.org
Lake Gregory is located in the San Bernardino National Forest at an elevation of 4,500 feet and is only 1.5 hours from the Los Angeles area.
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival Sept.14-15, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Treasure Island, San Francisco sfdragonboat.com
Said to be the largest dragon boat festival in the U.S., in addition to dragon boat races, the event includes vendors, foods, characters, choo-choo train rides for kids and entertainment all day.
San Diego Dragon Boat Race October 5-6, 2013
Mission Bay, San Diego, CA. sddragonboatrace.com
20 team races
Los Angeles Dragon Boat Races October 19, 2013
The 2013 LA Dragon Boat Festival will be held at Legg Lake Park, Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte on October 19, 2013. Address: 555 Durfee Ave, South El Monte, CA. ladragonboat.com
Oakland Renegades 2013 Halloween Howl October 27, 2013 Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland CA. oaklandrenegades.org
Dragon boat racing is one of the earliest known forms of boat racing and is
celebrated at festivals and races throughout the world. Californians not only
race on their home shores and in California's lakes, but the more serious
paddlers also compete in national and international contests. The roots of dragon boat
racing go back over 2,000 years to the southern provinces of China.
The most popular legend that is recognized in many celebrations surrounds Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, who jumped into the Mei Lo River in despair and protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river's waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in lotus leafs into the river to distract the fish from eating from Qu Yuan's body. Dragon boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals.