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Tempe – A Great Start to the Season

April 1, 2009

Wow, another fun dragon boat-filled weekend in Tempe, Arizona!  It was nice to see that the races ran so smoothly this year- things were pretty much on time and the organizers didn’t have to cancel any races.

LARD brought up 2 teams – Red and Black (along with Women and Men crews).  Historically, LARD approaches the Tempe race as a good time to bring out new paddlers and allow “less seasoned” paddlers ample opportunity to get some races under their belts.  This year was no exception.  It would have been great to have our full team up there, but I’m sure a lot of you guys (and gals) are pacing yourselves for a long season with our “A” races looming on the horizon.  Right?

That being said, I was absolutely impressed with our results – Red advanced to the B Division Finals.  Although Black was eliminated in the Comp A semis, Black was able to record the fastest time in the 250 meter sprints.  Not too shabby.  Our men and women both made it to the Finals in their respective divisions.

Hats off to UCLA and the Space Dragons – both teams had absolutely stellar and unprecedented runs.  We can see how hard you guys have been training.  You (and your coaches) deserve a big pat on the back.  I am so happy to see the teams paddling out of Long Beach getting faster and faster.   It raises the bar for all of us.  Keep up the good work!  Perhaps, most importantly, I am happy that UCLA can destroy SC in dragon boating – maybe some day I can say the same thing about football.  😉  (love you, Aileen!).

DPW ran some great races – and thanks to the DPW ladies (and Nathan for allowing them to paddle with us) for rounding out LARD’s women’s crew.

It was also nice to see the Electric Dragons run some solid race pieces.  The Rogue Warriors/Thunder Dragons composite also looked great (Henry, we missed you in Tempe!).

The KG/San Diego composite also looked fabulous.  Keep up the good work! It’s always nice to see the KG crew and watch the “seasoned” SD team lay down the wood.

Our very own LA Pink Dragons had a stellar tournament – improving their best time from last year by 28 seconds!  You ladies ROCK!  All of your hard work is paying off!

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All and all, a great time.  Hell, how can the weekend be bad if you are paddling?

The most perplexing thing was stumbling into the breakfast area Saturday (or was it Sunday?) morning and seeing a hotel employee sporting a LARD practice jersey (on top of her hotel-issued uniform).  Very strange – anyone have the story behind this?

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My only question – why the HELL do we have to go all the way to Tempe to race the teams that practice in the same water?

Maybe someone can organize some races around Naples Island – now that would be fun!

Baby Long Beach is going to be FUN!!!!!!!!

(Now it’s time for me to give the exclamation point key on my Mac a rest)

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    April 1, 2009 7:07 pm

    OMG! IS THAT MY JERSEY!?!?! I left it at the Tempe Hotel last year!!

  2. Morris permalink
    April 1, 2009 7:25 pm

    nice phil. nice.

  3. crystal permalink
    April 1, 2009 7:34 pm

    So no one bothers to question the lady or take a picture with a fan? shame……

    organize a guts and glory around naples island…4k roughly. no one can beat that…

  4. paddlesports permalink*
    April 1, 2009 8:47 pm

    I forgot to mention the lame names LARD had – “LARD 1 Red” and “LARD 2 Black”.

  5. Rachelle permalink
    April 1, 2009 9:20 pm

    LOL I was wondering about that… I thought you guys might have given it to them as a thanks or something HAHAHAH But now it’s just hilarious because it’s PHIL.

  6. chuck permalink
    April 1, 2009 9:47 pm

    … and Kerry calling us LARD dragons, LOL

  7. April 1, 2009 10:30 pm

    I will be sure to share your comments about the PINKS with the team. It will be a huge boost to our/their morale. Hopefully this will kick them in their #@$% to work even harder!! Thanks

  8. Jesse permalink
    April 2, 2009 1:24 am

    Nice, Phil. I only left a few bucks as my hotel room tip.

  9. Sarah permalink
    April 2, 2009 6:31 pm

    fail phil! FAIL! xD

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