This meetup group is dedicated to recruiting and building on the Puff Dragon Boat Racing Team. Our meetings and practices are organized separately through another site. We are very welcoming to newcomers and are happy to promote the sport of Dragon Boat Racing. We offer a beginner class with some of the best Dragon Boat paddlers in Florida including our team USA paddlers and coaches. We will provide paddles, butt pads, the dragon boat and coaching. Come with us as many times as you wish. Membership is $15.00/month and goes towards race entry, equipment, boat(s) and overhead costs associated with our dragon boat. We hope you join us!
Member only practice schedule (does vary but this is the typical layout): Tuesday 6:15 p.m. Thursday 6:15 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. DLS 8:00 a.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. DLS 8:00a.m.
Puff in the News
Puff featured on Channel 10 October 3rd and 4th Puff Featured in Brickell Magazine September-October Issue 2010 Puff written up in Biscayne Times June 2010 Edition
2013 Dragon Boat Regatta Puerto Rico Puff will be there with at least one mixed boat and one women's boat!
2013 Synergy Series Dragon Boat Racing Festival - First Round 1st place - Division A - 500m Women's 1st place - Division B - 500m Women's 1st place - 500m Men's 1st place - 500m Mixed
2012 Synergy Series Dragon Boat Racing Festival - Third Round 1st place - Division A - 500m Women's 1st place - Division B - 500m Women's 1st place - 500m Men's 1st place - 500m Mixed
Overall 2012 series champions in Women’s, Men’s, and Mixed Divisions !!
2012 Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival 2nd place - Division A - 200m Mixed 2nd place - Division A - 500m Mixed 1st place - Division B - 500m Mixed (Puff Angles racing as Toronto Firefighters) 3rd place - Division B - 500m Mixed (Puff Angel racing as Beltway Dragons) 1st place - Division A - 500m Women's (Puff Angels racing as PDBA) 2nd place - Division A - 200m Women's (Puff Angel racing as PDBA/Organized Chaos) 3rd place - BCS Cup - 500m Women's (Puff Angel racing as Kentucky Throughbreasts) 1st place - Big Business Cup - 500m (Puffers racing as KPMG) 1st place - Division A Consolation - 500m Community (Puffers racing as KPMG)
2012 South Florida Dragon Boat Festival 1st place - Division A - 100m Mixed 1st place - Division A - 500m Women's 2nd place - Division A - 500m Mixed
2012 Synergy Series Dragon Boat Racing Festival - Second Round 1st place 500m - Women's Division 1st place 500m - Men's Division 1st place 500m - Mixed Division
2012 National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta 1st place - Division A - 200m, 500m, and 2000m Mixed 1st place - Division A - 200m, 500m, and 2000m Women's (Puffers racing as Phoenix Fire)
2012 Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival 1st place - Division A - 400m and 2000m Mixed (Puffers racing as Tarpons) 3rd place - Division A - 400m Mixed (Puffers racing as Wunfun Cru) 1st place - BCS Division - 400 Women's (Puffers racing as Mixed Blessings - Team Survivor)
2012 Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races 3rd place - Division A - 500m Mixed
2012 Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival 1st place 500m - Women's Division (Puffers racing as Sum Fun Chix) 3rd place 500m - Mixed Division (Our Captain racing as Wun Fun Cru)
2012 Synergy Series Dragon Boat Racing Festival - First Round 1st place 250m - Women's Division 1st place 500m and 250m Men's Division 2nd place 500m - Mixed Division 2nd place 500m - Women's Division
2012 Dragon Boat Regatta Puerto Rico 1st place - Division A - 500m Mixed
Stretching and warming up then footage from the Miami Hong Kong Race (2010)
Dragon boat is an exciting water sport that is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. The difference between winning and losing is a tenth of a second.
Why join Puff? Puff is committed to excellence and has gained a reputation in dragon boating. In the last major dragon boating event of all major Florida dragon boat teams, Puff outpaced and outperformed its competitors and won gold at the Tampa Dragon Boat Festival. Since then, 9 members competed on team USA in Hungary which is out of 10 total who represented South Florida.
We are looking to grow our team AND YOU. Yes, you can be the next great paddler and have a blast doing it. With the most practices (4x per week) and coaching from the best, Puff is becoming a force within the sport. Join us and try it out!
PUFF MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to cultivate a team environment that is conducive to each member’s discovery of his or her own personal best. Besides having fun, making friends, exercising our butts off, and working together to beat the living daylights out of the competition while promoting the international sport of dragon boating, we are here to develop and perform at our highest levels.
We come from all walks of life, all ages, and all backgrounds. We are made up of different shapes and sizes and we each have distinct (and for some, crazy) personalities. Some of us have been paddling for eons; for others, it is our first venture on the high seas. Even so, we treat each other as equals, and celebrate our unique strengths.
Puff is a community of individuals with a common goal: to better ourselves as athletes while contributing to team unity and excellence. We do so by adhering to the following values:
Sportsmanship: We compete to win, but in the process, we play fair, and display courtesy.
Team Spirit: We give 110%. We are only as strong as our weakest link. So we paddle together - in sync and as a team - and in return we learn that together, we are more than the sum of our individual strengths.
Respect : We appreciate and maintain high regard for one another. The pacers, the engine room, the terminators, the drummer, the steersman, the captain, the coach … everyone counts, everyone matters.
Outrageousness: We laugh, poke fun, socialize, and we do so together, reveling in our friendship.
Never Give Up: As buoyant as our boat, we recover quickly from ‘off’ practices and races and continue focusing on future wins.
Guts: We brave the rough currents, wind, rain and hail and we even brave the power boaters and jet skiers – because nothing will stop us from training our bodies and our minds (except for lightning, of course!)
The video below shows exactly what racing on a dragon boat is like. The different stages of the race include lining up of the boats at the beginning of the race, start sequences, following every call made by the steersperson, and a finish. Every member is in perfect synch with the other, moving the boat as one unit, one team. If one member does not pull their weight the race could be lost entirely as races are won or lost often by less than a second. The race starts at 1:45 below.