Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dragon Boat Success Stories: Kailin’s First Race | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team


Kailin loves the thrill of competition and her team’s friendly environment.



You never forget your first race with DieselFish! Kailin just rocked her first race at the California Dragon Boat Association’s Regional Regatta. Here’s what she had to say about it!

How did the race go?
It was really fun…There were a lot of other teams competing so you knew they were there. But you also had your head in your boat. I found it really motivating and exciting.

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Kailin won a medal at her first race


Why did you start dragon boating?
I really wanted to spend more time outside and meet some new people, and so I tried DieselFish and had a lot of fun. So I decided to stick with it.

What do you like about DieselFish?
The people probably is my favorite thing. Everyone has been really welcoming, helpful and nice.

If Kailin can do it, so can you! Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com now for free dragon boat lessons in Redwood City. You’ll get stronger, take on a new challenge and join a supportive community.

-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness

San Francisco Dragon Boat Team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood City


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Don’t Call It a Comeback…| DieselFish Dragon Boat Team


By Alex Ling

It’s a reunion

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood City
Akash first came to us a kid. Now he's back!


Nothing good gets away. Like Akash Singh, for example. He first came to DieselFish when he was a kid. Akash then took some time off to focus on school and work, but now he’s back. Almost by accident.

A chance encounter provided Akash the opportunity to reconnect with the team and the sport he loves. Now, Akash is back on the boat and better than ever. I spoke with him about his career in dragon boat and his thoughts about DieselFish.

DF: How did you get started in dragon boat?
AS: I was introduced to dragon boat racing by friends who were members of the Mountain View Dragon Boat team when I was in high school. I joined Mountain View Dragon Boat in 2008 and continued with them until early 2010

DF: Why did you start paddling with DieselFish?
AS: I graduated from high school and needed a new team. I started paddling with DieselFish because the scene was so young and most colleges were just in the phase of building a team, so I didn’t have an option for college. The adult teams seemed more interesting and competitive at the time.

DF: That’s when you initially joined DieselFish?
AS: Yes. I was one of the youngest people on the team.

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Young Akash during his first stint with DieselFish


DF: You took some time off from paddling. What did you do during this period?
AS: During my time off, I focused on finishing my undergrad and wrapping up my graduate degree. I started my career shortly after graduating.

DF: How did you get back into paddling as an adult?
AS: It happened because of a coincidence…

I got back into paddling after finding out my friends Bryan and Conely were paddling with my old team. I was surprised and this gave me a reason to return. It’s great seeing them every week at practice.

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood City
Akash and his friends Bryan and Conely


DF: Is the experience of paddling on the dragon boat team different now that you are an adult?
AS: I find it’s just a change of pace due to experience. My time off from the sport gave me the chance to reflect. I missed paddling, and I began to think about what I would do if I returned to dragon boat.

DF: What do you like about the sport?
AS: I honestly enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that comes from being a boat and paddling. Although the actual activity is physically demanding, just being on the water is a nice break from my normal schedule.

DF: What do you like about DieselFish?
AS: DieselFish for me has always been about enjoying the sport and the people you’re with. Races are a perfect example of this. People show up to compete but also enjoy their time together as a team.

DF: Thanks for sharing this! See you on the water!
AS: Sure!

You can begin your own dragon boat journey, too! You’ll get stronger, meet new friends and join a supportive community. Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragon boat lessons in Redwood City!

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood City



Saturday, March 24, 2018

Working Out ALL Your Muscles | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team


We turned and rotated the other cheek to get more power

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood City


We had a focused practice today because we had no choice.

Rain clouds loomed over the horizon and the tide was beating a quick retreat.

“Let’s get in the boat NOW,” said Coach Marynka.

As we paddled out, the air was fresh and clean. The water was warmer than we expected—no frozen pinky fingers today!

We brought the boat to a stop, and Marynka began her lesson about body positioning.

“Focus your weight on your outside cheek,” she said. “Try it.”

“You mean my face?” somebody innocently asked.

“Not that cheek,” somebody else responded. “Marynka means the cheeks below your waist.”

For the next 40 minutes, the crew of DieselFish DragonBoat Team twisted and swung around its hips and bottoms.

These contortions led to breakthroughs in speed and power. Soon, the boat was chugging along at brisk pace. “Wow,” joked Captain Alex. “Our butts are going to get so strong.”

“You’ve been working hard and the tide is going out. Let’s go home,” said Coach Marynka.

The boat docked. We disembarked and headed for the boathouse. Most of us were walking funny. Let’s call it strutting after a productive practice.


-Alex, the Minister of Newbies Happiness

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Best Feeling | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team


Overheard at dragon boat practice

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood CIty


“Dragon boat is all about timing. When everyone hits the water at the same time, the boat will glide.

Then, the fresh air will hit your face and blow through your hair.

You’ll feel alive and powerful. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

- Coach Marynka

You can join our sports adventures in the great outdoors, too! You'll get stronger, take on a new challenge and join a supportive community. Email me now at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragon boat lessons in Redwood City!

- Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness



Saturday, January 27, 2018

Overheard at Lunch | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team


This is peak DieselFish!

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood City


“Coach worked us hard today!”  💪💪

“Did everyone order the roast beef?” 🥩 

“I can’t wait for the Vancouver Race!” 🛶

➡️    You can join the fun, food and fitness, too! Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com now for free dragon boat lessons in Redwood City!

-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness



Sunday, January 14, 2018

DieselFish Dines Out at the Patio

The team will win gold in the freestyle buffet competition

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons


Tonight, Silicon Valley dragon boat team DieselFish feasted on Filipino food at the Patio.

We enjoyed oxtail stew, sizzling fish and—our favorite—deep fried pork knuckles. 🐖

The pork dish was delicious. The meat was so tender it fell off the bone. The skin was crunchy like a potato chip. 🍖

Everyone had a great time tonight. It’s fun to share delicious food with your friends. 🍽

➡ You can join our workouts and foodie adventures, too! Email me now at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragonboat lessons. 🆓

- Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons


Too Much Garlic Rice | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team

It seemed like a great idea at the time



Tonight, Silicon Valley dragon boat team DieselFish feasted on Filipino food at the Patio.

I guess we ordered too much garlic rice...

Aside from the carb overload, everyone had a great time. It’s fun to share delicious food with your friends. 

➡ You can join our workouts and foodie adventures, too! Email me now at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragonboat lessons. 🆓

- Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness

San Francisco Bay Area dragon boat team DieselFish offers free lessons in Redwood CIty