1. Oct

    10

    Treasure Island has always been our goal throughout the season. All the previous races were benchmarks to see the progress we were making throughout the year: Arizona, regatta, Hong Kong, and sprints. We did exceptionally well in all those races and I expected nothing less from everyone at TI. Our practices became increasingly intense as the race approached. All of that paid off because all three boats, as well as our two gender boats, placed better than any other year. This proves that we are improving year after year and when the next TI rolls around, we might be able to be champions.

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    Our annual flash mob at TI.

    On the morning of the first day, we have to get to the race site early to set up. I usually grumble at this since it was too early. However, I woke up at 4AM and I was so excited, I couldn’t get back to sleep. I got out of bed and started packing up stuff, get ready, and the most important part of my ritual is to take a morning race-day selfie. I got to the race site on time and it was already full of energy. The sky was still dark and the sun was nowhere to be seen, but people were already smiling, laughing, and running around.

    As the day went on, the sun came out and the weather was perfect (for everyone else because I like to be a grump with my cloudy, overcast sky.) The day was full of excitement, fun, and food. Lots and lots of food. Our sister team, Space Dragons, were here with us and there was a lot of catching up and talking to their new members as well.

    Day two had more of the same thing, but it was also finals. I hear that people are usually excited, nervous, tense, or have these other feelings during a race especially the finals, but not me. I have the mindset of meh (this is like being in a state of zen) I want us to be able to get first in every race, but at the same time I’m not going to cry over it if we don’t. I care about being able to paddle my best in each race. I know I did my best in the finals in the Furious boat. I’m pretty sure a lot of other people did too. Be honest and if you don’t think you did your best, figure out what you didn’t do so well in and improve on it.

    The best part of the weekend for me was Assassin. One of the best games ever, full of deception and paranoia. When I introduced myself to someone from Space Dragons, I told them I was Alfred. Alfred did the same and said he was Ben. I also gave him a shirt that had my name on it which he wore all Sunday. I didn’t win, but it was fun being paranoid and constantly looking over my shoulders.

    TI was the last race of the season and I’m extremely proud of how well we did this year. The season is over, but practice will still be going until whenever people stop coming. I won’t be going to any of those because I’ll be doing some super secret training for next year (well… not really.) We will continue to have social events and other stuff so check this website, your email, and Facebook to keep updated on those.

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    Excerpts from TI
    “Someone better call Chris Hansen because you all were creeping throughout that race.”

    All weekend Simon was yelling at me for not giving him a sandal (his right one broke). On Sunday my left one broke so I bequeathed my right, intact sandal to him.

    May was carrying Eric for a picture and after a few takes he says “you’re squashing the burrito!”. I thought to myself kids these days and their nicknames for “things”… Then he actually pulled a burrito out of his pocket!

  2. Sep

    08

    Wow. This is turning out to be more real with intro music and everything. In this episode is more of a conversational piece with Silvia as we talk about the Treasure Island dragon boat festival, off the water training, and donuts.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.


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