$41 USD 
Team discounts are available with volume orders.

To order, contact Doug at
dragonsaddle@gmail.com with your shipping address and color selection.
The Dragon Saddle is made in Orlando, Florida, USA.

24 COLORS, see the text list below. Keep scrolling down - all one page.

This is not minimal padding. This is the
 ultimate cushion with an adjustable thickness. The Dragon Saddle meets racing specs as well as being adjustable upward for the demands of the most challenging, long practices using multiple layers of the highest quality 100% pure neoprene. Two removable inserts are included.

To protect watersports gear from UV sun fading, see the "CARE" section below. 

Here is a secret about paddling posture for women: Excessive anterior pelvic tilt leads to back pain and hip pain during paddling. To help mitigate this problem for the few that have it, remove one of the inserts and fold it in half, parallel  to the length, re-inserting it along the back side of the Dragon Saddle. This will lean your body forward just enough for more pelvic comfort during practice.

   This is a new color: You can call it WATERCOLOR, AQUATIC CAMO, or OCEAN TIE DYE.
   elegant in simplicity, profound in performance

The removable inserts adjust the comfort.

You can decorate your Dragon Saddle on the side with flag lapel pins, an emblem of your profession or anything you like.


A strap is available, though it is rarely needed:
The Dragon Saddle has a slip-resistant base. But if your technique is so dynamic that your movements dislocate the 
cushion from the seat, you might need extra fastening to secure the Dragon Saddle under those unusual conditions.
 Non-productive body mechanics are not recommended in paddle sports. $4.60 each.

You can personalize your Dragon Saddle with your name in any color using fabric paint
purchased from a craft store. One small bottle at about $1.00 is enough for an entire team.

Many top competitive racing teams worldwide use the Dragon Saddles.

 Champions prefer to sit in comfort.
There are other creative uses for the Dragon Saddle. This is a perfect gift.

* Multiple layers of the highest quality wet suit neoprene;
* 100% chloroprene inserts, base, and most tops;
* Slip resistant base;
* Many colors and patterns, See list;
* Conforms to IDBF Rules of Racing;
* Removable core inserts to adjust comfort and thickness;
* Preferred by the top racing teams in Canada, USA, Australia, Norway, Puerto Rico and more; 
* An essential accessory after the first use;
* Perfect cushioning for long, challenging practices; This is where races are ultimately won.
Manufactured in Florida, USA, by Dragon Saddle LLC;
* Useful in OC-6 Outrigger canoes for long distance races;
* A great way to sit in comfort at stadium events;
* Has an interesting origin. See History.

For care, scroll past the color list, all the way down to the CARE sect

Some colors become discontinued and new colors are added.

If your team is re-selling Dragon Saddles as a fundraiser, feel free to use these product photos if needed.

Keep the Dragon Saddle out of the sun as much as possible to reduce fading
over the years.
Some fabrics and colors will begin to fade. 
Black and all of the prints are most resistant to fading.
See the complete list below.

Flower Power!  The florals are white with red, black, blue or grey. Royal is 
all gone as of April, 2015 and has been replaced with navy blue floral.

 red and grey hibiscus, burgundy wine

The Heat is On! International orange and red.

Going Green! 

pure yellow, day glow, light lime green, lime green, neon green, forest green

camo-T (traditional), camo-D (digital)

pure golden yellow, forest green, day glow

 The Cool Blues! royal, aqua, navy, sky is discontinued - replace with true turquoise

The Wild Side! leopard and zebra

Imagination! pink and purple

Be sure to have options in case of a shortage.

royal blue
navy blue
sky blue (all gone)                                                                                     
true turquoise
forest green
neon green
lime green
light lime green
day glow
pure yellow
fluorescent orange 
red/white floral hibiscus - large print  
royal blue/white floral hibiscus ( all gone)
black/white floral hibiscus
grey/white floral hibiscus - large print
navy blue/white floral hibiscus (new for 2015) - large print  
camo-T, traditional olive, brown, tan, green, black
camo-D, digital grey/tan tones
watercolor, a multicolored aquatic camo/ocean tie dye   
Ships from:
Dragon Saddle LLC, Grand Island, Florida, USA, dragonsaddle@gmail.com
manufacturing, wholesale distribution, volume team orders, retail sales online

There are no exclusive marketing territories.

You can also purchase from the following authorized Retailers carrying Dragon Saddle inventory. Please go to their websites, contact by email, visit their stores or see their vendor booths at dragon boat festivals.
Belleville, Ontario, Stan Walton, WALTON SPORTS, WaltonSports.net, waltonsportsinc@gmail.com
Verdun, Quebec, PADDLE ZONE, info.paddlezone@gmail.com
Ottawa, Ontario,THE PADDLE HUT, info@thepaddlehut.ca
Abbotsford, British Columbia; WESTERN CANOEING AND KAYAKING; WesternCanoeing&Kayaking.com; westerncanoe@telus.net
Vancouver, British Columbia, Kamini Jain, RIGHT ANGLE PERFORMANCE, kamini@rightangleperformance.com
Vancouver, British Columbia, FCRCC Premier/Felicity Lam, a fundraiser, felicitylam@gmail.com
Nanaimo, British Columbia, VALHALLA PURE OUTFITTERS, nanaimo@vpo.ca
Nanaimo, British Columbia, NANAIMO PADDLING CENTER, nanaimopaddlingcenter@shaw.ca                                                                            
Montreal, Quebec, H2OPLAYGROUND, club@h2oplayground.com               
Vancouver, Washington, Double Fifth.com, info@doublefifth.com

Los Angeles, California, Wila Chun, wilachun@yahoo.com
Fairfield, New Jersey, Metro Event, saddle@metroevent.com
Washington DC,  Carlo Veloso, carlo@dcdragonboat.org
Florida, dragonsaddle@gmail.com
South Florida, Synergy Outdoor Adventure Resources, WillMurphy@soarteam.com
NSW, John Parker, john@jpx2.com.au
Tokyo, Japan, Eri Hosaka, dragonsaddle.jp@gmail.com
Dubai, Monica Sengstacken, mostackusa@gmail.com


something soft to sit on while you watch the races

This order is ready to go out the door.

You might have to remove one of the inserts if seat pads are officially inspected
by formal race management in an IDBF event; most paddlers keep it full thickness at practice.

Dragon Saddles waiting between races, just hanging out.
They slide over the paddle shafts or over your arm, hands free when marshalling.

Making Dragon Saddles ABOVE at the shop in Key West, 2011

Making Dragon Saddles BELOW, today at the shop in Orlando, 2015

Sit on it once, yours forever!

OK, not everyone in the boat at practice today needed a butt pad.
Ironically, Kristin was the first paddler in the world to ever use a Dragon Saddle.

The incredible power of 20 in perfect synch, Puff Dragon Boat Racing Team, Miami, Florida

Puff sweeps all the gold at Disney Oct.2013. We know what they were sitting on......in the races...
and during the long practices where the most competitive races are really won, sitting in comfort
where there are no uncomfortable distractions to conditioning core power and the anaerobic threshold,
all contributing to one synchronized movement with the body mechanics and technique needed to prevail.

If you can paddle, no matter where you are in the water, after a race in the photo above
or in the enjoyable back country in the photo below, you are a winner.

Dragon boat teams have a strong social component. Here we are at Salinas, Puerto Rico, Doug with green cap.

The Chinese dragon boat traditional festivals are thousands of years old.

The world championships are extremely competitive.

Dragon boat racing is the ultimate team sport.

The Dragon Saddle is easy to carry.
That's Doug still racing premier when he was 70 with a broken foot.
How old is he now? I knew you would ask.


Occasionally you will need to remove the inserts to thoroughly clean and air dry to prevent mildew.
You can use cleaners such as mild soap and water, Resolve, Oxy carpet and upholstery spray cleaner or
UV Tech that is specially formulated for watersports gear.
The neoprene is non-absorbing. Years of direct sunlight exposure will cause some fabric color fading.
So please store it out of the sun. Avoid dirty boat seats, sand, accumulation of ocean salt,
abrasive conditions, damage, no washing machines or dryers, unusual folding that will cause unwanted creases.
Store with side flaps neatly folded under and keep the entire cushion in a flat position during storage.
It should last a lifetime unless you get tired of the color and want to eventually order a new Dragon Saddle in a different color.

To prevent fading from the sun and protect watersports gear from UV rays, look for UV Tech spray by McNett Essentials on Amazon.com or other websites. It is the best protection. Protect your investment in top equipment.

Recognize these two world traveling paddlers?


For a relatively new product, this little seat cushion has a rapidly growing history.

During February 2010, Captain Kristin Stickels (pictured here with Marc Applewhite, both on Team USA
and coaches for Puff Dragon Boat Racing Team in Miami, Florida), desperately needed a butt pad to be happy.
Nothing was working, nothing. After listening to months of complaints from Kristin talking to herself on the
boat during practice about her continued discomfort, Doug tried to solve the problem once and for all by
casually hand-sewing a crude idea out of scrap, red, closed cell, wet-suit neoprene he had from Aquatoner
manufacturing. Without thinking much about it he handed the thick, soft cushion that fit on the dragon boat
seat to Kristin. He told her that she could take out one or two of the neoprene inserts to change the degree
of cushioning. It worked right away. Ah, Kristin was very happy.

Doug then made 20 more of what he called "dragon saddles" at a canvas sewing shop in the Florida Keys
using heavy, marine upholstery thread and donated them to the team he practiced and raced with, Puff in Miami. 
Then everyone in the boat was happy. Kristin wanted Doug to name it "Happy Ass".  Um, so he kept the name
"Dragon Saddle", reminiscent of his childhood with horses. Paddlers ride the dragon and sit on saddles, right? 

Later that year he traveled to Philadelphia, pictured below, to practice a few weeks with Bob Macnamara's team
(Team USA coach), showing the product to the Philly paddlers that he met. At a paddling clinic he met Kevin Kwok
from Toronto who liked the Dragon Saddle a lot and ordered some for his friends in Canada. Doug always brought
a handfull of these super seat cushions to the local races in Florida for exposure to the other teams. Soon he met
Kamini Jain, premier coach of Team Canada who placed the first orders for distribution in British Columbia;
Ellen Law - steer of Team USA with orders for the US east coast; Wila Chun who coaches teams in Los Angeles; and
Geoff Germain - owner of Merlin Gear in Australia. Pascal Lachapelle in Montreal became an early promoter of the
Dragon Saddle in eastern Canada. Jeff Campbell of Double Fifth Dragon Boating, the largest distributor of dragon
boat products in the US and Stan Walton of Walton Sports, official merchandise supplier to Dragon Boat Canada,
joined in the initial marketing.  All of these people propelled the Dragon Saddle to it's exponential popularity in this
rapidly growing international sport involving many experienced paddlers and a phenomenal growth of new paddlers
in most countries, people of all ages and all abilities.
Adaptive dragon boat and canoe seats developed in Hawaii, Miami, China and elsewhere have allowed even severely
disabled participants to enjoy the pleasure of paddling.

The Dragon Saddles are now made in Orlando and Grand Island, Florida.   

Our '35 delivery truck, shipping your orders at FedEx.

The inventor holding one of the first Dragon Saddles while in Philadelphia

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