Long Beach - July 31st & Aug 1st
Artwork by Ken Leung
|Black||Division IB||3rd (2:22.41)|
|Black||200m A||5th (0:52.18)|
|Red||Division IIB||2nd (2:34.32)|
|White||Division IIIC||6th (2:44.50)|
|Men||Open A||6th (2:12.27)|
|Women||Women A||6th (2:39.38)|
|LAPD||Divions IIICC||7th (3:10.20)|
|LAPD||All Female Cancer Survivors||3rd (3:04.94)|
|LB Masters (Composite)||Masters||4th (2:37.79)|
Are You Ready?
by Otto Jan (July 28, 2010)
It's almost time. All the training from the land and water practices will be paid off this weekend. We have worked extremely hard and committed extensive time and effort to better our skill set and strength. When you wake up on Saturday morning and put on that uniform, you will represent all of us. You will represent the members who cannot join us this weekend. You will represent the passion and competitive spirit of LARD.
With so many teams visiting our home turf, how will we respond? Let's make this a memorable race.
This race provides us an opportunity to gauge our progress. Our new paddlers this year have proven to be exceptional and are eager to join us in this test. We are fielding 3 strong crews with over 60 paddlers total. This team is deep.
Bring your fuel. Bring your A game. Bring your team pride.
A Perspective LB '10
by Leon Cheng (Aug 2, 2010)
Congratulations to all of you for representing LARD in Long Beach this weekend. I understand that all of you worked hard for this weekend, and many of the successes can be directly attributed to that exhaustive work - success in leadership to organize the event logistics; the leadership in coaches, captains, and teammates in guiding, supporting, and pushing each other through the races; the success of a team that is truly that, one team. This is important to remember.
Because I also understand that this weekend, our team faced challenges. Not to say that our only successes were off the boat. From what I hear, our new paddlers performed tremendously. And our veterans had several great pieces (whether they were awarded by placing or not) and provided great leadership to the newer teammates. Nevertheless, this weekend, it was apparent that LARD was challenged. Challenges came in all forms, from improving competition (for which we should give all due credit and much respect to), to lane discrepancies, start inconsistencies, boat differences, etc. The truth is that all of things are out of our control, and the latter is something that all teams at the tournament are exposed [to]. In the past, we've had our breaks. Some fell in our favor, others not. Long Beach officiating and organization didn't get necessarily worse (or maybe some aspects did). But particular to this race, it seemed that many chips fell on the wrong side. And some things got even worse (food poisoning, you name it). C'est la vie.
Now, we're not in the business of making excuses. There are none. We look at performing our very best for the things we have control over. Improvement has always been the guiding principle of our team. And it's clear that there were some races that we could have done better. But an acknowledgement of the comedy of misfortunes isn't one of accepting excuses, but simply being able to accept what's happened, laugh at it, renew your commitment and efforts to impact a different result. I'll say that the foundation that's been laid this season, with the numbers of you committed and consistent at land training(s), the numbers at practice, the empirical improvements at testing; we've never been stronger. Then, what about this weekend?
So finally comes my philosophical "perspective" of what's happened. I've started to have more of these thoughts to help stready the emotions of the challenges we've faced in recent and past events. My dad used to explain a lot of things to us. (Maybe that's the spirit I've taken up in writing long responses to you all in efforts to connect with all of you). He explained some principles of Feng Shui, the Chinese practice of enhancing spatial harmonious energy. He asked, "Do you know why there are always fish tanks in front of Chinese restaurants, filled with expensive fish?" Apparently, they enhance the energy around them [particular to a restaurant, to promote wealth] and absorb any bad or negative energy. Were an overwhelming negative energy to impact the restaurant, rather than bankrupcy and closure, the fish dies and restaurant survives. In the same vein, Wynne, Avy, and I have been the blessed recipients of all of your overwhelming support. It's apparent, away from you, and amplified when we got the chance to see you this weekend. And it's made a difference. We are thrilled to report that Avy is getting better; we have resumed the dream that she's coming home, a dream that had, at times, seemed distant. So I see you as our expensive and beautiful fish. In the absence of all the amazing energy that you had given, a whole bunch of shit fell in your laps this weekend, a balance, if you will. This might just be a bunch of crap, but it's the way I choose to see it. You can't explain all that happened this weekend, nor can I explain all that has and is happening with our daughter. But I do need to express thanks and gratitude to all of you.
Thanks for enduring this lengthy diatribe. See, newbies, what you're missing?! ;)
We love you guys,
Leon, Wynne and Avy (&Gus)
Detailed Race Results
by Kenny Kim (Aug 2, 2010)
First race of the day was the Open Division (most likely so we could move the boats down into the water). LARD was up against Ripple Effect, Electric Dragons, Bad/Jetstart, San Diego, and Dragon Warriors 2. The men finished 3rd with San Diego taking second and BAD/Jetstart taking first. Sunday, we were again in the morning, the second race of the day this time with Dragon Warriors, San Diego, GG Dragons, Jetstart, Killer Guppies, and the Space Dragons. We finished 6th with GG Dragons taking the lead.
LARD Women were up shortly after the men Saturday morning in Race 1 Heat 3 against DragonMax, Ripple Effect, Amazon Dragons, Central Coast Survive Oars, and Rogue Warriors. The women paddled admirably with a 2nd place finish edged out by the Amazon Dragons. The women were back up Sunday for Race 3 Heat 53 against the Dragon Warriors, Tianjin Normal University, Amazon Dragons, GG Dragons, San Diego, and Space Dragons. The Tianjin women's team finished first with an impressive 2:24.93, almost a full second faster than the second place team GG Dragons, and approximately 16 seconds faster than the last boat.
Of our three mixed crews, White was up first Saturday morning Race 1, Heat 6. Many of them were new to dragon boating, and new to the Long Beach Festival. They placed 3rd behind DragonMax and SF Dragon Healers. The second piece was towards the end of the day at 3:50 where they again proved their LARD mettle placing 3rd again behind NAC and Team Panda. Sunday morning was Division IIIB Finals where LARD White finished 6th (2:44.50)
White was racing in the B group and their first piece was strong with a 2nd place finish (0:59.90) against the SF Dragon Healers (0:59.74). Moving onto the semi-finals, White raced admirably with a 3rd place finish (0:57.56) but only the 1st place winner would move on to the finals.
LARD Red had a rough start Saturday morning placing 6th in their first piece (Race 1 Heat 16) but were able to make improvements for their second Saturday piece (Race 2 Heat 41) finishing 4th (2:25.54) with CYC Blue, Space Dragons Blue and Dieselfish taking 1st through 3rd respectively. Sunday noon. Race 3, Heat 70 is the finals for Division IIB. LARD Red runs strong to take 2nd (2:34.32) in lane 6, with LA Thunder Dragons taking first in lane 7.
The 200 meter sprint had several problems and LARD Red was eliminated in the first round placing 7th (1:01.16)
LARD Black started Saturday (Race 1 Heat 17) strong with a 1st place finish against DRD1, Galileo Celestial Dragons, Space Dragons Blue, San Diego, AeroDragons, CYC Blue, and Amazon Dragons. Later that afternoon (Race 2 Heat 43), LARD black finished 5th (2:20.29) placing them in Division IB. Sunday 12:20, Race 3 Heat 72, Galileo takes 1st in lane 7, Killer Guppies take 2nd in Lane 5, and LARD Black finishes 3rd (2:22.41)
The 200 meter sprint is where Black shines and in Race 1 Heat 81, they placed 2nd (0:54.35), losing out to the San Diego Dragon Boat Team 2. An hour later, they were up again for the semi-finals placing 2nd (0:53.39) to CYC White (0:52.73). The finals for the sprints was a 7 boat race among San Diego, Killer Guppies, LARD, CYC, Dragon Warriors, Jetstart, and GG Dragons. LARD Black finished 5th (0:52.18).
by Kenny Kim (Aug 4, 2010)
What I saw this weekend inside the gunnel: I saw that I was again surrounded by funny, caring, giving, stoic, and quirky people who are all lovably LARD. I saw that as a paddler, I made errors. I'm better than that. But I won't dwell on that error. I will acknowledge it. Correct it. And make myself better for this team I have dedicated over a decade of my life to.
I have stayed on the team this long because of what I saw as one of the red squad. We had a rough start that first race Saturday morning, but we made corrections. We focused. We improved ourselves each time we went out there. And next time, we will be even better.
For me, the insanity and chaos that is Long Beach was epitomized by Otto at the start line as he straightened our launch Sunday morning.
I felt the boat lurch, "Let go of the boat!" Evidently the dock hand was still holding the tail preventing him from straightening the boat.
Otto snapped one more time, "Let go of the damn boat!" And the horn sounded. And we flew.
A memory to treasure.
Sandy has fun with stamps
And then there were the sprints. What in the name of Euclid were they using to draw that starting line?
It was the most rushed start I have ever experienced. One moment, we are all rolling towards the start line. We are clearly more than a half boat length from alignment, so the boat is tense, but not in the set position. Unexpectedly, the official says -- as all the boats are rolling -- "ready mumble something" -- HORN! It was reminiscent of "races" as a kid, "readysetGO!" Except, we're not kids anymore. And it's not funny. Okay, I'll admit it. I laughed.
What made that moment that much funnier to savor was returning to our tent afterwords. Our tent happened to be next to the starting line and with each race I would hear everyone gasping, shouting, and laughing our tails off at what the race official was claiming to be "aligned."
I'm glad I have the wisdom to take these moments and laugh at them. Yes, things could have been different. But it doesn't matter -- I was with my family and together we can get through anything.
And in goes Alicia
Yes, I am sad to report, that 13 years later, we are still tossing hapless victims into the Long Beach waters.
Paddler's Corner: Joel Lumada
How did you hear about the team?
I went to Mother's Beach for a Family Activity for the New Year! During that time I seen them Dragon Boats; ever since then I was like "That looks like Fun!" And a buddy of mine from work Jorge answered that question by inviting me to one of the trainings.
What was your first impressions of the team?
Explosive, Competitive & alota TeamWork! After a day of Training, I was like; I better get in shape because that was no joke. Everyone (to me) is in great shape. As I go through each Training I feel, I am too getting healthier, getting better and better. I'm kicking Bad Habits and improving on new Good ones.
Long Beach was your first race, what was it like?
I never knew the body can move like that during the moment of a Race! As I went through each Training on learning How to Paddle & the DB Vocab? Going through corrections, keeping up and tryna be inSync with everyone's movement was a transition in Life itself.
The Team, Captains, Coaches and all were very instructive on my every movement for me to be ready, focus inside and to understand the movements of Dragon Boating that helped me enough for Long Beach.
I have much to learn, and I'm ALL IN! Looking forward to the extreme trainings & adventures with TeamLARD ; )
2nd Annual Paddle Art Award
This annual award was started 2009 in commemoration of Arthur Yeh, one of the original LARD members who tragically passed away late 2007 in a car accident. His two loves, art and dragonboating, come together in this annual contest.
This year's winner, Kristina, was presented with a carbon fiber paddle at the 2010 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival in Long Beach, CA, on Saturday, July 31st, 2010.
"When thinking of what to draw for the paddle art contest, I spent a lot of time looking through LARD's website and photo albums. The sense of friendship and team bonding that I got from the pictures, as well as the determination in everyone's faces during race pieces really made me want to design something beautiful to represent such a spirited team.
I wrote down the main aspects of LARD's mission statement and did my best to design something that I thought would bring those ideas to mind. I drew inspiration from artwork online: mostly clothing designs or from graphic artists whose work I had previously liked and bookmarked. As for the content of my piece, I incorporated already recognized symbols, such as the lion for courage and handshake for teamwork, and brought them together by entwining them in the lion's mane. I still wanted to include the more complicated ideas in the mission statement, like accountability and loyalty, and since I like typography, decided to simply write them into the design."
Interviewed by local station
LARD hosts DieselFish
by Karen Wang (Aug 2, 2010)
I love food and I love cake even more. Even more so, I love dragonboating and my dragonboat family. Being able to create something for LARD and DieselFish is a perfect excuse for me to eat what I love and be creative with it! Crystal and I actually came up with the concept for the cake at TI. I am not sure what we saw that triggered the idea, but I remember going straight home, opening up a word document and recording our concept right away. We sat on the idea for almost a year and finally it was able to come to fruition!
We finished up the cake this year while the spam musubi making crew cooked up a storm in the kitchen next to us. It really felt like we were on one of those Food Network challenge cake shows. We had a full audience, limited space and limited tools. As the hour hand passed the 10 o'clock mark, we really felt the pressure. It even felt too warm at some point and we were concerned about the frosting melting. We also had some scares as people heckled us while we started frosting the cake. We were told (and pretty convincingly) that DieselFish had changed their jerseys or that I had spelled something wrong while I was piping the writing. There's even evidence of my reaction on the first "S" in DieselFish. Speaking of the piping, I am amazed at how that came out. With no practice, I just dived right in and piped my little heart out! Thank goodness the logos came out straight and there was no mess ups!
I am just so glad people appreciate the cake! This is our way of showing our love for LARD and our extended dragonboat family!
~The Ace of Cakes
Chinese World Journal (Aug 04, 2010)
Translation by Bill Ting.
Panel 1 (top to bottom, left to right)
Long Beach Dragon Boat Invitation Races
"Falling curtain for a job well done."
LBDBF started on 7-31 at Marine Stadium for 2 days. This year there are still over 100 teams that participated. Among the teams, there are the asian community groups, including 20 corporation teams, breast cancer recovery teams, handicapped/sight impaired groups.
Making this dragon boat race a good mix of east and west groups with the health and spiritual races.
Paddlers from different areas.
Panel 2: Foundation For Disabled Youths (FFDY)
Panel 3: Blind Start of America
Panel 4: Lung Kong Jin Yin
Panel 5: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
LBDBF attracted paddlers from different areas for the races.
Panel 6: Photo above is Washington Eagles.
Panel 7: Photo below right, is TeamPanda listening to their coach and getting ready for the race.
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Panel 9: Los Angeles Racing Dragons started in 1996, is the first team established in Southern California.
Long Beach Newbies:
Row 2: Delwin, Billy, Mauricio, Cindy, Angel, Patti, Juan, Jorge, Sandy, Joel, Brian
Row 1: Karen N., Alicia, Tabitha
Row 4: Johnny, Matthew, Andy, Brent, Brian, Nick, Alison, Will, Jeff, Cheryl, James, Kenny, Angel, Sandy, Jason, Lilly, Bill, Delwin, Vicky
Row 3: Dan, Rich, Sam, Dennis, Chuck, Mark, Mauricio, Patti, Jorge, Juan, Joel, Greg, Jeannie, Wynne, Billy, Meghan, Willie
Row 2: Ken, Aaron, Lori, Otto, Jesse, Tabitha, Cathleen, Kat, Aileen
Row 1: Phil, Leon, Mike, Huay, Cindy, Susan, Karen N, Alicia, Crystal, Evelyn, Crystal, Megan, Karen W, Karen C, Scott
Comp IIB 2nd Place
Comp IB 3rd Place