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Why Dragon boating became so popular and what benefits does it provides to a person?

Author: Anish Thakur
by Anish Thakur
Posted: Sep 13, 2016

Dragon boats are the bases of team paddling sport of dragon boat racing, a water sport which has been held for over 2000 years throughout the southern china. It is a human powered watercraft that is made out of teak wood to various designs and sizes.

Dragon boat racing emerged as an international water sport in modern times when it begun in Hong Kong in 1976. For competition events, dragon boats are generally rigged with decorative Chinese heads and tails. But during training, such decorations are usually removed.

Earlier, dragon boat races were traditionally held as a part of Duanwu festival. But in 19th century, European observers of the racing ritual referred the festival as "dragon boat festival", and since then the term is popularly known in many western countries.

The crew of dragon boat typically consist of 22 members, in which 20 members are paddlers,1 drummer and 1 steers person. Dragon boats are generally 40ft long and are made from fiberglass or plywood. Races are held up to 250 meter (short race) or 500 meter (long race).

In 1970 Hong Kong tourist association decided to stage a dragon boat festival to promote Hong Kong. Later in 1991 formed the International dragon boating federation (IDBF) after which there formed many such associations like (EDBF) Europe and (ADBF) Asian. With the formation of IDBF the water sport spread rapidly all over the world. Every year dragon boat races are held in Asia, Australia, Europe and Canada.

Dragon boating is a mass participation sport of today with ancient past and very bright future. It’s a very social sport and great fun too! It’s a high standard sport for elite standard athletes. Along with providing fun it also provides great health benefits like, it increases fitness, helps in bridging communication gap, and improves strong supporting relationships.

Dragon boating is a water sport which makes a person wet, thus people practicing the water sport need some comfortable clothing (Short pants, T shirts), shoes and sunglasses. Along with such items they also need to buy dragon boat accessories like dragon boat paddle bag, dragon boat seat bag, paddle blade cover to carry and protect their paddle.

With dragoon boating sport catching it pace in the world, there formed many dragon boat clubs, who today conduct dragon boating events for many people. Participants just need to register themselves with a dragon boating club, and need to buy dragon boat paddles for themselves. Boating clubs provide life jacket to each participant and dragon boats to each team. Along with conducting such events, they also train beginners in dragon boating.

Looking at the popularity of dragon boating events, many sports paddle manufacturers today are providing custom sized paddles to their customers. They provide paddle that are made up of carbon fibers and even have T grip at the ending, which provide good grip to paddlers. Contact us to buy top quality paddles at affordable prices of the market.

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Author is presently working in Splashsys Company as a content writer. He enjoys writing about education, tourism, science and technology.

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Author: Anish Thakur

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