Model SS-L3 

The best saddle for competition racing is the SS-L3 because it is engineered as a specialized sprint saddle and you can do more.  $50  including a new grip surface and an amazing assortment of graphics, yours, ours, or your team logo - see below.  The best Super Saddle for practices is the SS-GG with polymer bench clips, the most expensive at $66.00. The best Dragon Saddle for beginners and also for all long practices is the original classic  Dragon Saddle DS-S $45, because it feels so good to ride a dragon on a Dragon Saddle.

The SS-L3  quick side release bench fasteners will fit around the benches of BUK, Champion and most dragon boats. For Kahlua dragon boats, seats 3 and 8 will need to have the polymer bench clips on those saddles as team equipment. The SS-L3 is intended for race day where BUK and Champion boats are commonly used.

The SS-L3 contains an improved grip material for longevity and just enough to do the job, not over aggressive, clear Poly EVA that is 2mm less in height than the neoprene grip in the other Super Saddles. National Team patriotic graphics, your team logo or one of the 25 graphic images below, can be seen through the grip material. The overall weight has been reduced for sprint races to only 1/2 lb, 225g, by shortening the length making it equal in length to the original Dragon Saddle only much lighter and by changing grip material. Our other SS models are longer (SS-GG is 15" long and over one pound, 500g with clips). The SS-L3 bench fastening system is Quick Release. The Canadian model is black with a large Canadian flag. The Team USA model is navy blue with a brilliant waving flag and white USA lettering. Most of the Super Saddles can be ordered in the Dragon Saddle solid colors or prints if the material is in stock.

There is Direct Sales for Super Saddles and both direct and retail Distributors for Dragon Saddles.

See the price list and contact Doug at to place an order

or for any questions.



Dragon Saddle LLC, since 2010, has a product line of high performance dragon boat racing seat cushions, training and coaching products.

Team discounts and occasional clearance pricing are available.  To order the DragonSaddle or any product on this site,  contact Doug at with your  proposed order, quantity for discount consideration, questions,  and your shipping address for a shipping quote. The ordering page has a list of worldwide distributors as well. Doug invented all of the DragonSaddle products and makes them himself. To order, email Doug,

2019-2021 ​SS-GG

with QR bench fasteners

DS-S since 2010-2021

Ultra Comfort , 2 removable inserts

​The Original DragonSaddle

Send in your digital pdf club logo to and we will produce the saddle imaging for team orders.

​​​Dragon Saddle LLC,

Our 10th anniversary was last year but we all know what happened temporarily to dragon boat racing in 2020. Thank you for staying in good physical condition for 2021 and beyond.


Navigate at the top of the page.  "Product Information" shows DragonSaddles, Super Saddles and more.                 All products are created by Douglas Bedgood  between 1982 and 2021. Patents and patents pending. DRAGONSADDLE is a trademark owned by Dragon Saddle LLC


Comfortable and secure. 

​2018-2021 DS-W

With removable insert.

​​​The SS-L3 "Sprint" Saddle is available in most of the Dragon Saddle colors.

Custom  embroidered national team DragonSaddles were displayed and marketed at the 2015 IDBF World Championships in Welland, Ontario by Dragon Saddle LLC, Walton Sports and Hornet Watersports.


​In 2019, the SS-L2 evolved from the SS-L. In 2021 we have the SS-L3. The combination of grip and Teflon on top of this light saddle will definitely not slow you down. It is lightning fast. The design of the grip side is a pivot point for guiding a more natural flow of the body movement on the glide side that produces the most consistent power while the "anti-gravity" nature of the Teflon increases stroke length like magic.



​These and more are waiting for your "Property of" name or email address in case it gets lost,  or a digital file for us to produce

vinyl team logos to embed under the clear grip.

CUSTOM SPRINT RACING DRAGON BOAT SADDLES  Digital Club logo images for team orders are encouraged.

"Tree of Life"

Special Edition SS-L3

dragon eye grip and embossed black alligator bottom

Only 3 left

$60 each

If you prefer Polymer Bench Clips on your SS-L3, just let us know. They are $16 for the pair, fabricated here at the Florida Dragon Saddle shop. Know that the clips add weight, bulk and cost. Doug created the clips at a time when the IDBF rules did not allow surrounding the bench all the way around with anything.

two sizes           


super saddle

Race Day Sprint Saddle

and more​ 



​Orders? email Doug

​If you have ever been on Team USA in the World Dragonboat Championships or hope to be, this Super Saddle is made for you.​​

         Freedom on the outside and anchor on the inside.

​16 colors and hologram




Created for the 2019 World Championships in ThaiIand.  

The Teflon after 500 hours of practices.

design choices

color choices 

bench fastening choices

imaging choices

Included only for the SS-L3, you can customize and choose all your colors for the webbing, carrying loop, neoprene colors or white for contrast with the graphics under the clear grip side with one of these large 4" - 5" vinyl images included in the price. Teams can supply their own decals for embedding under the grip. You can also have your  "property of " name added at no cost. or a split bi-color top neoprene of your choosing.

A perfect gift !

The Dragon Saddle model is Maria Malva Torterolo from Mt Dora, Florida

Some images are on clear backgrounds, not the white or black backgrounds in the photos. If you want a contrasting or harmonic color for background, it can be added under the graphic.

Windy City

All products on this website are proprietary to Dragon Saddle LLC. Ordering or questions, email Doug at

A note on sending a team logo and your background color selection: Having a cool seat that reflects solar heat between races needs your graphic to be vectorized, converted to pdf, and choose a mirror background of silver, gold, or diamond plate silver film over the neoprene.

​DuPont Teflon glide-side surface

​16 colors        

​2018-2021 ​SS-GG

bottom view with polymer clips



​2021 SS-L3

Teflon and grip.

​Light 1/2lb, for fast sprint races.

Quick Release bench fasteners.

You choose the colors and graphics. Limited time Intro only $37.40 discounted from $50 retail, expires Aug 1st, 2021. Polymer bench clips are available.

​Scroll down. There is a herd of dragons down there and something for everyone.

​With 11 years of success, the original Dragon Saddle is truely the most comfortable dragon boat seat cushion in the world. Re-invented for the next decade of racing comes the SS-L3.


Scroll down this Home Page to see the 2021 SS-L3 race day sprint saddle.

SS-L3, a specially engineered saddle to help your team celebrate winning.

Don't get left behind!



Choose one of the many images below that you want on your 2021 model SS-L3 embedded under the new clear grip side or provide your own vinyl transfer or a digital image of your high res 370dpi+ team logo for us to produce the imaging to size.

​Transparent grip-side surface

​black, white or lime

Super Saddles, the SS models with Teflon glide on the gunnel side and grip on the pivot side, are for highly competitive short sprint racing, hand crafted and engineered for your reach, power and secure speed. Teflon PTFE has the lowest coefficient of friction of any known solid material.​​

                                                                                                                           Why the ​​SS-L3, the Sprint Saddle Light, Third Generation?

​This is race day equipment engineered for your team to celebrate winning. During your first use, you can maintain a vertical paddle blade through a much longer distance under full power and high velocity. Here are the details:

 You can do more!  You will contribute more to the team effort.  Feels magical but be physically ready. Stay in control. It is all you.  This is the newest equipment engineering in dragon boat racing for paddlers to discover the balance and timing between the sliding freedom of movement and using a grip effectively. Anchor the paddle blade in the water and push the boat forward with controlled power through a longer and faster vertical stroke. The contrast of Super Saddle quality "Smart" Teflon PTFE with the lowest coefficient of friction of any known solid material feels like a slippery liquid on the gunnel side next to a clear EVA gripping surface that is not too grippy, just enough to maximize dynamic paddling efficiency. Reach with the entire body, reducing shoulder syndromes and injuries. Rapidly scoot far forward over the Teflon on the water side with a straight horizontal outside arm, driving down with the inside arm and entire upper body for deep entry into the water. Look forward to see the pacing group seats 1-3 with perfect timing. Use your quads for a major push from a solid footing. 

The hull, the water, you, the team as one machine, the paddles, the motivation, the breathing, the thrust, the heartbeats are all one rhythm. Partial levitation forward you feel an escape for a moment from gravity. Reach out for deep blade dive, FULL-BODY DRIVE, and pivot using the extremes of glide and grip surfaces. The grip side is the pivot point, not the vertebral column. The glide side is for the stroke length. There is a timely initiation of a high velocity return-reflex using your core muscle complex. The outside hip slides to the position of optimal reach, then exploding with abs, double leg drive and your ENTIRE MUSCLE MASS.

Using your newfound ability to maintain maximum isokinetic leverage against the non-compressible water with intense focus against the vertical paddle blade through a longer stroke length, experience  whole synchronism with the team. The inside grip is a solid point for stability during the contracting stroke and a lift-off point during the out-stretched, open reach. Keep air passages open by not looking down. The energy pathways of glycolysis transitioning to the mitochondria are hard at work. In a sprint race the pathway will begin 95% anaerobic in the first 10-15 seconds. By 2 minutes it will become 50% aerobic and climbing from there.

Taking advantage of DuPont Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene, the glide side lets you know if you are using too much gravity on the reaching side of the bench by increasing surface temperature. This Super Saddle, SS-L3, is made for serious paddlers to experience their ultimate racing ability, not the ultra-cush comfort of the original Dragon Saddle DS-S when you were learning the sport. Custom team or personal color combinations are available and so is "Property of" labeling. The QR bench fastening system is a fast snap and tight pull around the bench. Buckle up at launch, pass the finish line, an effortless quick side release off the bench and you are back on shore. There is a large selection of incredible graphics on this home page for embedding under the clear grip material. Your 6" x 6" team logo vinyl graphic transfer or high res 370+dpi digital image is acceptable and encouraged at no added cost for us to produce the imaging within your saddle. You can create your own color scheme for the neoprene, graphic selection or from your team colors, bench fasteners in colors, extensive webbing color choices and carrying loop colors.

For the SS-L3 to last at least for a few seasons of racing, practice with the SS-GG, DS-S or DS-C and take special care during transportation and handling to protect the Teflon on this valuable saddle from impact, abrasion, dirt, folding, bending, sun duration on the neoprene fabric. No washing machines. No throwing. Keep your saddle off the ground. Your sliding glutes and sit bones are going to leave your identifying imprinted path on the Teflon.