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San Diego & PDBA Qualifiers | Oct 22-23

Squad Division Place
Saturday Results       Sunday Results
PDBA Mixed Mixed 1st 10 pts
PDBA Open Open 2nd 11 pts
Gilda Div A Minor Final 2:32:81
Yolanda Div A Consolation Final 1st 2:31:90
Mixed 1 250m Finals 1st 1:13:93
Mixed 2 250m Minor Final 4th 1:24:25
Open 1 250m Finals 2nd 1:11:82
Open 2 250m Minor Finals 4th 1:23:70

PDBA Championships LARD Team Selection

Scott Wu (Aug 10, 2011)

I have some very exciting news! I hope you are as pumped up as the coaches are at this awesome opportunity that awaits us.

LARD will be participating in this year's PDBA Championship in San Diego which will be held on the weekend of October 22-23, 2011. The winner of this race will earn a berth in the 2012 World Club Crew Dragon Boat Championships in Hong Kong. The PDBA Championships will be held in tandem with the San Diego Dragon Boat Festival (LARD will also send a team to participate in the festival races).

The coaches will assemble the strongest possible team that LARD has to offer. The objective is simple - LARD's best against everyone else's best. No excuses. No explanations. No mercy. I will go out on a limb and say without a doubt it will be the fastest LARD team ever assembled. The coaches will be looking at both SF testing results and the results of an erg test to be held at the Rosemead facility in the afternoon evening of Friday, September 9th Coaches' discretion will also play a major role in team selection.

Once our PDBA team is assembled, the coaches will demand your utmost dedication to this cause including extra on-water practice time in addition to the off water training you should already be participating in. As a member of the LARD PDBA squad, you will have the weight of our entire team on your shoulders. The harder and smarter you train, the faster our team will be. It is no longer about whether "I" can make the top team but what can we do to make this team faster?

I encourage you all to work harder than ever before. START NOW. We are running out of time. Push yourselves and push your teammates. Although not all of us will make this team, we can all push each other to be the best we have ever been.

Let's commit to each other like never before - just for a few months - to put the blinders on and do absolutely everything in our power to be the best we have ever been and to show the west coast just how fast we can be.

Excuse me while I go break something.

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Hong Kong , You are about to Get an Injection of LARD

Scott Wu (October 25, 2011)

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It is unbelievable what a team can achieve when egos are left at the door and we pursue a common goal together.

I remember when I first joined this team, we weren't even the fastest team in Long Beach.  At that time, while getting our heads kicked in by pretty much everyone that could put 20 paddlers in a boat, I did not fathom what this team could accomplish - the fastest mixed team on the West Coast (our men's boat isn't too far behind).

Fast forward to the tail end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011.  We started preparing for LARD's run at the 2011 PDBA Championships.  Frankly, all I wanted was to be able to put together the best possible team to see how LARD stacked up against the other elite West Coast teams.  As long as we ran the best possible races we could, I'd be satisfied.  Hong Kong is where my parents met and where most of my relatives lived for so many years.  It's my motherland.  Racing in Hong Kong would mean so much to me but an invitation to Hong Kong was merely a pipedream as we would be racing some very strong teams.   

So we got on the metaphorical train together and embarked on one of our most challenging of journeys.  You all know what happened next.  Our mixed squad won round 1 from the slowest lane, then won again from a slightly faster lane in round 2.  No need for round 3.  LARD was going to Hong Kong.  I was in utter shock.  As I type this, I still can't believe it.

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Our men were so close to gold - 0.2 seconds off.  A miniscule amount of time.  As usual, Gilda and Yolanda competed with the spirit our community has come to expect from LARD.

I am most proud of how we accomplished this milestone - we did it the right way.  Hard, consistent, and smart training with the support of all of our teammates, friends, and families. 

It has taken a team-wide effort to get us to this point.  Our performance had everything to do with you.  If you have ever worn our jersey or supported our team in any way, you were a part of that success.  Enjoy that success responsibly and with humility.  You earned it.  Spend some time with your loved ones and thank them for their support.  We couldn't have done what we did without them.

Since we all worked so hard as a team to qualify for Club Crew World Championships, LARD is going to do its best to include everyone that wants to go to Hong Kong next year as we are tentatively planning on bringing up at least an additional mixed crew to participate in the festival races that will be held concurrently with the CCWC in Hong Kong.

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The good news is we are going to Hong Kong, the bad/good news is we're going to have to ratchet up the intensity and dedication next year.  We have things to work on to get stronger, faster, and better.

San Diego

Megan Yeh (December 2, 2011)

This year was a lot different from the last in the sense that San Diego was holding the PDBA qualifiers. Though, I think we went a little overboard with the number of crews registered – 9! This included PDBA, festival, and 10-man races.

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For this race, I had the unique opportunity of calling for the PDBA mixed crew. I also got the chance to be the first to test our cox box at a race. (It definitely helped with keeping my voice.) Now, if you’ve ever been in the caller seat you will know that your visual cues are extremely important—from your natural surroundings, to the steersmen input, to the boats next to you. They are all factors when calls are made. Unfortunately for this race we had a huge mental battle considering the fact that the finish line flags were a good distance before the actual finish line. It was an extreme test of focus because when you see those flags you think, “oh we’re going to be done right after we pass those flags.” When in reality we have to blow completely through them. It was a test and we nailed it. The focus. The intensity. The strength. It was incredible considering how the other teams were right there trying to creep on us, but every time we were able keep it strong, all the way through.  

Thanks for the amazing ride LARD. Now, let’s get geared up for next season because we’re going to Hong Kong!

Random funny moment: LARD Gilda was at the start line getting lined up. We were pointed at a 45° angle to prevent getting blown into the next lane when the starter announces “we have alignment.” Everyone’s thought, “NO, WE DON’T!” Delwin started tilling like crazy and though I can’t remember the outcome of the race we had our laughs as we told our teammates on shore about our ridiculous start.

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Finally!

Butch Lucero (December 4, 2011)

"Finally!"  That was the singular thought going through my head as I sat on a LARD boat, body tense, paddle wavering over the water, heart racing, adrenaline pumping, waiting for the starter's horn to blow.  "Finally!" 

 
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I've got a confession.  I have been a weekend paddling, LARD video appearing, LARD sale donating, ERG/OC2 testing, sometime land training attending, non-medal earning, and most importantly, dues paying member of LARD for over a year.  But, somehow, I managed to not participate in a race all year.  That's right, I'm ashamed to admit, I had not sat in a LARD boat, in a race situation, for an entire year!  Until San Diego.

 

What did I learn or have confirmed from my first weekend tournament with LARD?  First, our team kicks much ass (PDBA mixed qualifying for HK, the PDBA men's final, the mixed team taking the cash)!  I didn't realize San Diego could be so cold and windy.  Spam masubi is the perfect between and after race food.  Don't leave phallic balloon sculptures on a LARD table (had to be there, and if you weren't, be thankful!).  And finally, how awesomely fun and inspiring it is to hang out with LARD all weekend.  After all, "LARD is love" (I don't remember who said that).

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So, was racing with LARD everything I expected it would be?  Absolutely!  Well, everything but Yolanda's finish in that first race.  =) But, I'm more determined than ever to improve myself, improve my team.  And I can't wait to do it all again!  Go Team LARD!

 

Debut as a LA Racing Dragon

Vincent Chao (December 5, 2011)

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San Diego was a great experience despite the cold weather. It was one that I was looking forward to for quite some time since it was also my first not on a high school team.

The races were a new experience since I’ve never raced on the right side, and also because I’ve never stroked.  It felt like so much pressure since timing is important, but at the same time it was really exciting.

On day two since they were running out of time, we ended up putting together a mixed team, the “In your dreams team” (I think that’s what it was called). We went out on the wrong race so it was like a “practice race” and I couldn’t help but to laugh with Billy calling.

Dinner was something else all together. The nachos were refilled so many times that by the time the food came it was pretty hard to finish. There was this one person who went around making balloons for people. Who knew a balloon could create so much laughter?

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San Diego 2011 will be a race I will always remember for it marks my debut as an LA Racing Dragon.

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PDBA Mixed 1st

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PDBA Open 2nd

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250 Mixed 1st

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250 Open 2nd

PDBA Mixed

James Banh
Chuck Chang
Nick Chekmizoff
Crystal Chen
Jeff Chen
Karen Cheng
Jason Cheng
Andy Chhean
Dennis Chhean
Mark Feng
Otto Jan
Kenny Kim
Delwin Leung
Ev Lim
Jeannie Lin
Patrick Ng
Kat Quinto
Lori Skelton
Crystal Wang
Karen Wang
Jesse Wong
Scott Wu
Megan Yeh
Leon Cheng

PDBA Open

James Banh
Chuck Chang
Nick Chekmizoff
Jeff Chen
Jason Cheng
Andy Chhean
Dennis Chhean
Mark Feng
Aaron Fong
Angel Garcia
Otto Jan
Kenny Kim
Mike Lee
Delwin Leung
Rich Maher
Patrick Ng
Eric Song
Noel Villegas
Ken Wang
Jesse Wong
Scott Wu
Kat Quinto
Leon Cheng

Yolanda

Manny Caldera
Chris Caldera
Vincent Chao
Crystal Chen
Leon Cheng
Susan Foley
Tabitha Huang
Cathleen Kim
Keith Kimura
TK Kimura
Mike Lee
Billy Leung
Jeannie Lin
Butch Lucero
Rich Maher
Ging Masinda-Quinto
Crystal Wang
Karen Wang
Ken Wang
Kat Quinto
Jason Cheng

Gilda

Lilly Chen
Karen Cheng
Aaron Fong
Angel Garcia
Ev Lim
Joel Lumada
Doug Nyland
Kat Qunito
Lynda Razo
Sheryl Ann Sack
Cheryl Schmid
Lori Skelton
Eric Song
Ryan Song
Bill Ting
Noel Villegas
Jeremy Wong
Paul Wu
Megan Yeh
Crystal Wang
Otto Jan

10-man Mixed 1

Chuck Chang
Nick Chekmizoff
Jeff Chen
Karen Cheng
Jason Cheng
Andy Chhean
Otto Jan
Kenny Kim
Ev Lim
Patrick Ng
Crystal Wang
Karen Wang
Kat Quinto
Leon Cheng

10-man Mixed 2

Crystal Chen
Leon Cheng
Aaron Fong
Angel Garcia
Delwin Leung
Jeannie Lin
Rich Maher
Kat Quinto
Lori Skelton
Eric Song
Noel Villegas
Ken Wang
Jeremy Wong
Megan Yeh
Jason Cheng

10-man Open 1

James Banh
Chuck Chang
Jeff Chen
Jason Cheng
Andy Chhean
Dennis Chhean
Mark Feng
Otto Jan
Patrick Ng
Jesse Wong
Scott Wu
Kat Quinto
Leon Cheng

10-man Open 2

Chris Caldera
Manny Caldera
Vincent Chao
Keith Kimura
Mike Lee
Billy Leung
Butch Lucero
Joel Lumada
Doug Nyland
Ryan Song
Bill Ting
Paul Wu
Megan Yeh
Jason Cheng

10-man Women

Lilly Chen
Wynne Cheng
Susan Foley
Tabitha Huang
Cathleen Kim
TK Kimura
Ging Masinda-Quinto
Lynda Razo
Sheryl Sack
Cheryl Schmid
Megan Yeh
Crystal Wang
Delwin Leung