San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Race with the Dragons! San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance's SAN DIEGO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Sat 5/2, 9am-5pm, Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park, SD 92109: join community, corporate, academic teams from across SD County & beyond as they compete in international sport of dragon boat racing; performing artists on land; Asian foods; on both land & water, San Diego at its best!

Click for Team Registration Form
Click for Festival Team Waiver and Roster Form
Click for Festival U18 Team Waiver and Roster Form


Festival 2015 Opening Ceremony Emcee

MICHAEL CHEN, Channel 10 News reporter

Festival Opening Ceremony

Southern Sea Lion Dance

Ceremonies to Bless the Dragon Boats and Dot the Dragons' Eyes

Hsi Fang Temple

Running the Dragon Boat Races

SD Dragon Boat Alliance
UCSD Dragon Boat
   Albert Liang, President
UCSD Dragon Boat alumni
   Chih Yin Kan, President

Alliance Race Advisors

Dr Howard Chen, President, International Culture Exchange Association; Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival; Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival

Mike Baker, Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival chief executive director

Gary Furukawa, US Dragon Boat Federation/ International Dragon Boat Federation race technical official

Stephanie Shao, Chief Official, Southern California Dragon Boat Club Safety and Steering Director

Festival 2015 Captains' Meeting

Patrick Lim, SD Dragon Boat Alliance, founder Montreal DragonFly, captain QDragon, QDragon Dual

Charles Tu, SD Dragon Boat Alliance, Race schedules and race grid

Festival 2015 Emcee Performing Arts

Pida Kongphouthone, SD Dragon Boat Alliance, Mekong Boat Racing Club

Festival 2015 Performing Artists

Heali`i's Polynesian Revue
Khmer Dance Troupe
Korean Traditional Drum & Dance
Mariposa Dancers
Moonlight Chinese Dance Group
Naruwan Taiko
Udita Dance Academy
Wat Lao Buddharam of San Diego

Production Coordinator

Chris Paffendorf, Pacific Arts Movement, SD Asian Film Festival Production Coordinator

Festival 2015 Food

Gabina's Cuisine, 13 1/2 Naples St, Chula Vista 91911; Linda Vista Farmers' Market Thurs 3pm-7pm; Kearny Mesa Farmers' Market
May's Kitchen Bab Lao Lao
At your favorite festivals and celebrations!

Alliance 2015 Board

David Cai, Michael Chapp, Pida Kongphouthone, Patrick Lim, Justin Liu, Duke Tran, Charles Tu, Linda Tu (President/Festival organizing committee chair)

Festival 2015 Volunteers

Shirley Eng, Alliance Registration/Sales Supervisor


John Bellora, Amelia Chu, John Eng, Jonathan Eng, Tara Hu, Fujiko Isomura, Ron Marquez, Shian-shi Yao

Festival 2015 Design

Kaii Tu Design


Trophies by North Park Trophy
Awards by Baker Blackman
T-shirts by Ron Oeding

Alliance Sponsorships

SD Alliance for APIAs proudly sponsors dragon boat teams:
- APSAlutely

Donor food for volunteers

SD Dragon Boat Alliance
Sou Kongphouthone

San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2015 Teams


Central Coast SurviveOars
Pan Pac Warriors
QDragon Dual
Squirtle Squad
Sticky Rice Power
#Still on the Boat


Central Coast SurviveOars
Corazόn de Dragon
Desert Dragons
Musing Dragons
Pflying Pfish
Shore Thang
SingMa Dragons
Storm Born Dragons
Team Rx Liberty
Team Taiwan


Four Seas
Team SwirIEEE
Team Tritons

San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2015 Race Results

OPEN Division

1st place: Sticky Rice Power (Khamp Thongrivong, Team Captain) [1st place Festivals 2015, 2014, 2013; 3rd place Festival 2012]
2nd place: #Still on the Boat (John Keomany, Team Captain)
3rd place: Squirtle Squad (Randy Phomsavanh, Team Captain)

MIXED Division

1st place: Shore Thang (Phill Souvanaphong, Team Captain)
2nd place: Storm Born Dragons (Justin Liu, Team Captain) [3rd place Festival 2014]
3rd place: Corazόn de Dragon (Raul Manangan, Team Captain)


1st place: Toreros (William Dow, Team Captain)
2nd place: Team Tritons (Val Chen, Team Captain)
3rd place: Four Seas (Rui La, Team Captain)

SDDBF 2015 Race Results

San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2015 Schedule

- Teams begin arriving 7 am at Festival site: Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park, 1740 East Mission Bay Drive, immediately south of the Hilton
- Stake out spot for team tent, usually on grass along shoreline
- Bring canopy/tent for team, blankets, chairs, water, snacks.. Festival has great vendors!
- Team captain registers at Alliance registration tent (by blue gazebo)
- Alliance registration team checks that teams have Team Registration Form on record and paid fees
- Team captains hand in Team Roster and Waiver Forms
- Team captains issued wrist-bands for team members
- Captains' Meeting 8 am in blue gazebo

- OPEN and COLLEGE/YOUTH Division races to be run in 2 groups: 4, 3. Seeding, semi-finals, finals
- MIXED Division races to be run in 3 groups: 4,4,3. Seeding, quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals
- Random drawing at 8 am Captains' Meeting to determine placement in 1st seeding heats in each Division

- UCSD Dragon Boat coaches instruct new teams: teams request instruction by marshaling area

- Paddlers with own dragon boat paddles and Coast-Guard-approved pfds, please use own paddles and pfds
- Festival provides paddles and pfds for paddlers without own paddles and pfds: please take care of Festival equipment; return after every race

- Opening Ceremony 9 am
- Blessing of dragon boats and paddlers by Hsi Fang Temple
- Dotting of dragons' eyes to wake them so they can race
- Races begin 10 am
- Seeding, semi-finals, finals 10am-4pm
- Awards Ceremony 4 pm: Trophies and awards to top 3 teams in each Division: Open, Mixed, College/Youth
- Festival close 5 pm
- Grounds cleared by 7 pm

Notes from City of San Diego Mission Bay Park park rangers:
- No driving on turf
- No parking along red curbs
- No dogs, no beer or other alcohol

San Diego Dragon Boat Festival brings the best of dragon boat to San Diego, America's Finest City: as representatives of the dragon boat community, let's all work together to make 2015 a great Festival! Thanks! See you!
Race Schedule -- Race Grid -- Next Heat

Festival 2015 Performing Arts

(Times subject to change)

11:30 am Heali`i's Polynesian Revue
12:00 pm Khmer Dance Troupe
12:30 pm Moonlight Chinese Dance Group
1:00 pm Naruwan Taiko
1:45 pm Mariposa Dancers
2:00 pm Wat Lao Buddharam of San Diego
2:30 pm Udita Dance Academy
3:00 pm Korean Traditional Drum and Dance


From Congressman Scott Peters, member of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
:      Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented to San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans in recognition of your 11th annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival

From County of San Diego Supervisor Ron Roberts:
     Proclamation honoring the San Diego Dragon Boat Festival: Be it proclaimed by Chairman Bill Horn and all members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on this 2nd day of May 2015 that they commend the San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans for outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to area residents, and do hereby declare this day to be "San Diego Dragon Boat Festival Day" throughout San Diego County

From the City of San Diego Kevin L. Faulconer, Mayor:
     Special Commendation is hereby presented to San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans in recognition of your dedicated service and leadership in preserving the cultural heritage of the APIA communities

From City of San Diego Councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate:
     Proclamation of the City Council, City of San Diego, for and on behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby proclaim May 2, 2015, as "San Diego Dragon Boat Festival Day" in the City of San Diego

Festival 2015 Sponsors

The San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance is grateful to San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, District 4, and the San Diego County Community Enhancement Program for the County's generous grant to the San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans and our San Diego Dragon Boat Festival.

The San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans gratefully acknowledges QUALCOMM Incorporated for its generous support of the Alliance for Alliance's mission and our San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance.

11th Dragon Boat Festival

For payment, make check payable to "SD Alliance for APIAs"; mail to SD Alliance for APIAs, 8650 Genesee Ave, Ste 214, #927263, San Diego, CA 92192

Or pay by PayPal below:

Registration Fee: Festival for Open, Mixed Divisions:

Registration Fee: Festival+One for Open, Mixed Divisions:

Registration Fee: Festival for Women, College, Youth, Survivor (BCS) Divisions:

Registration Fee: Festival+One for Women, College, Youth, Survivor (BCS) Divisions: