1. Aug

    07

    Ripple Lounge 04: Motivation

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    I still need to work on my sexy radio voice, but in this episode of the Ripple Lounge, I talk with Francis about motivation; why we got started working out, how we maintained our healthy lifestyle, and what keeps us going.

    The first fitness goal I set for myself all those years ago is to get hella ripped with six pack abs and all that stuff. At that time, the goal seemed almost impossible, but it motivated me to get started and to keep going. Although having that as a goal may make me look like a shallow kid (which I was at the time), I’m glad I did it because of the journey I went through to get to where I am now. I join this team, met some amazing people, and did so many things I never thought was possible. I’m still trying to reach my goal of getting a six pack abs, but I realized the goal itself is very selfish since it’ll only benefit me. For the time being I’m going to set it aside and set another big goal for myself and hopefully you guys and gals will join me in it: win 1st place at TI.

    To achieve that goal, I’m going to revamp my workouts, come out to as many practices as I can, and attend any other workout sessions the team provides. For everyone else, I hope you can join me in this and push yourself a little harder. If you need some advice, I’m here to answer any questions and I’m sure the coaches are available too.

    TI is coming up so LET’S GET RIPPED!

  2. Aug

    02

    Sprint Race Recap

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    With the water levels low due to the drought, the Annual CDBA Sprint Race was held at the Seaplane Lagoon, Alameda on July 13th, 2014. Unfortunately, most of our teammates suffered a bit in the cold in the morning thinking that Alameda would be warm, but boy were they… and I wrong about that. To stay warm some of us put on more layers, and some of us participated in the “No Hands Pants On” challenge.

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    As we started to set up our area it was great to see everyone help out setting up tents, unfolding chairs, mixing Gatorade, and prepare the breakfast for the team.

    We had three mixed boats: Fast, Furious, and Fearless along with the Open Boat Spam Musubi and the Women’s Boat Kahlua Cake giving everything we had out on the water. While it did get frustrating for us because of the conditions with the start and finish line moving and boats in lane 5 and 6 not being able to hear the start line callers, we all did our best to focus inside our boats and listen to our drummer and steersman.

    On the water our adrenaline pumped through our veins as we flew across the water knowing that we just had 250 meters to dump it all. All our boats performed incredibly and Fearless made it into the competitive division for the first time at Sprints in Ripple Effect history. With our eyes on the prize we paddled our hearts out and achieved:

    Fast – 1st in the Mixed Competitive A Finals
    Furious – 2nd in the Mixed Recreational A Finals
    Fearless – 4th in the Mixed Competitive C Finals
    Kahlua Cake – 4th in the Women’s Finals
    Spam Musubi – 1st in the Open Finals

    Off the water we mingled with each other and were blessed with our genius Michael Hong who provided the team with a solar/car battery powered TV to watch the World Cup finals. Although Argentina didn’t win the game, we all got along well and our tents were the center of the attention of the race site with everyone crowding around and staring at our set up in awe.

    It’s getting a bit long so let me wrap this up with a quick story.

    The long day of racing was all over and most of the team headed out to Sushi House for the team dinner, but some of us stayed behind to hangout and take pictures with the plaques. One of the guys that stayed behind was Chris Yee. Being this was my first Sprint Race and Fearless losing 3rd by .17 seconds, I was pretty bummed out… actually I was SUPER bummed out. So Chris suggested that we go take pictures with the plaques too, but since I wasn’t on the boats that won the plaques I declined. Now his response reminded me why I look forward to every weekend to paddle and why I can’t get enough of this team and everyone on it. He looked at me like I said something offensive and said, “DUDE! We are a team and you are part of this team. So YOU won those plaques too.”

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    It’s been a rough year for me, but I am reminded again and again that when I joined Ripple, I didn’t just join a Dragon Boat team, but I joined a family.

    Thank you coaches, captains, and the cabinet for an amazing race!
    Treasure Island, here we come!

  3. Jul

    18

    HK Dragon Boat Race Recap

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    About a month ago, we sent a crew up to Hong Kong to compete in two dragon boat events, the Stanley International Dragon Boat Festival and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. In this episode of the Ripple Lounge, I talk to Tony about the races, his trip in HK, and various other things as we get sidetracked.

    This episode is audio only for the most part. Hit play and listen to it while you do other things.

  4. May

    13

    Regatta Recap

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    We woke up (early)

    We paddled

    We Conquered.

    I’m missing a few details, but at the end of the day most of us felt like this:
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    CDBA Regional Regatta was held on May 3, 2014. Our local race that takes place in our own Lake Merced! Ripple brought out 2 strong mix dragon boat crews as well as an Open crew and a Women’s crew. Coming into this competition our Ripple athletes certainly had their eyes on the prize. After a tough day of paddling the results showed us that hard work pays off. 1st in D Division for Furious, 1st in A Division for Fast, 4th for the women’s boat, and 1st for our open crew.

    I wanted to emphasis the “WE” in my intro because that was what this weekend was all about. I definitely felt the team spirit on the boats as well as cheering on shore. The name on that trophy paddle reads Ripple Effect and that means we all worked for it!!! It was awesome to see some Ripple alums come out to help drum and manage our food! Thank you for holding the fort down! A shout out goes to all the kiddies that came out to paddle!

    In addition, this was a weekend of firsts for a few (including myself!) Our head coach Eddie steered his first race while Manh was the lead stroke for his first race! Stroking along side Manh was a completely new experience for me as well. Furious boat came together and performed better with each race throughout the day. Stumbled a bit out of the gate with the first race, but we seized the moment in the finals. I’m extremely proud of how we came together.

    I was also extremely proud to wear orange and black while cheering for Fast. Fast DOMINATED the competition from the start of the day. More importantly, they didn’t let it get to their heads and stayed focus. That focus earned Ripple back to back championships!!!

    Our women’s boat also gave the competition a run for their money. Our Ripple ladies earned their right to paddle in the finals.

    I felt truly humbled and honored to paddle for our open crew for first time. I’ve never been on a boat that FLIES before. I thought it would be considered cheating to have a motor attached to the boat, but the photos revealed our boat was powered by these:

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    Suns out guns out right??

    With our HK dragon boat race as well as the sprint race coming up, there’s a lot to look forward to and be excited about. Time to work even harder! Don’t forget to party hard too!

    Favorite Moments:
    I thought the nicknames given to Open and Women’s boat were pretty creative. I don’t think ‘Instigator’ describes me though. It’s clearly Chuck starting problems by pouring water on Eddie. :P

    Before the 2000m race starts, Ben decides to walk home, take a shower, and change. He gets back to the race site and the race still hasn’t started yet!

  5. May

    07

    Message from the Head Coach

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    Ripples,

    Words can never express the full extent of my feelings of pride and gratitude towards all of you. However, due to my crybaby speech style on Saturday, I’d like to put it out there again for everyone (whether present at the race or not).

    I am so proud of everyone. We had a lot of people step up into new positions this season and this race. We had new strokes, new coaches, and new paddlers. I had the privilege of being on all crews and all of you really made those boats fly. Regardless of where we placed, that’s all I could ask for and all of you definitely delivered.

    Thank you guys so much for all the time and energy you spend on and off the water. Time is important to everyone and the fact that you guys are willing to come out one to three times a week for water time as well as adding off-water training time is huge. Everyone has been responsive to the coaches and there’s been so much improvement from the beginning of the year until now. Thank you for trusting in the coaches. We do what we can to make you the best paddlers you can be but it’s each of you that put in the work. Thanks for making our jobs easier by being so coachable.

    As important as it is to look towards the future, it is just as important to remember the past. There is a very long list of coaches and cabinet members that have molded the team to what it is today. Thank you to all of you for making Ripple Effect into an organization that I love and am proud to be a part of.

    Ripple has come from humble beginnings and we definitely keep to our roots. We still paddle for fun and to socialize with one another. Over the past 5 years, all of you have become a second family to me (even if you are that crazy uncle). Let’s continue to party, volunteer, and paddle as a team, but also as a family. Please remember to practice humility. We don’t race to place first. We don’t race to beat other teams. We have no control over them. All we can control is ourselves. Let’s continue to go out there and race to the best of our ability.

    The coaches see a lot of potential in everyone and we do our best to tap into that potential. But we can’t do it unless you come to practice! Continue to come out and continue your land training. If anything, let the results from the regatta drive you to come out more and work out harder. We are all still learning to be better paddlers, it’s a life long journey so let’s all learn and improve together.

    Everything is awesome,
    Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.
    See you out on the water!

    Eddie


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