$38 each plus shipping, increasing to $40 in 2015; Big team discounts with volume orders.

To order contact Doug at
 
dragonsaddle@gmail.com, for the total cost including shipping. He needs your address and color selection. The Dragon Saddle is made in Florida, USA.
 

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

This is not minimal padding. This is the
 ultimate cushion. 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.

    
                                                                                      

elegant in simplicity, profound in performance

  
                                                              
The removable inserts adjust the comfort.




Top BCS teams win races sitting in comfort (Warriors on Water - Orlando)



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 Aquatherapeutics, Inc;
* 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 all the way down to the CARE sect
ion.





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


some of the 24 colors
See the complete list below.



Flower Power!  The florals come in white with red, black, royal blue and grey.


 red and grey hibiscus, burgundy wine

The newest color (no photo yet) will arrive in the late summer called "Water Colors", a multicolored print. 


The Heat is On! International orange and red.




Going Green! Neon lime green, forest green, fluorescent lemon, pure yellow.


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




butterscotch yellow, forest green, fluorescent lemon, pure yellow




 The Cool Blues! royal, aqua, sky, navy



The Wild Side! leopard and zebra


 
Imagination! pink and purple


COMPLETE LIST OF THE AVAILABLE COLORS
Be sure to have options in case of a shortage.

black
red
royal blue
navy blue
sky blue                                                                                     
pink
purple
aquamarine (turquoise)
forest green
neon lime green           
fluorescent lemon
pure yellow
brown
burgundy/wine 
international fluorescent orange
zebra
leopard
red/white floral hibiscus - large floral print 
royal blue/white floral hibiscus
black/white floral hibiscus
grey/white floral hibiscus - large floral print
camo-T, traditional olive, brown, tan, green, black
camo-D, digital grey/tan tones
"water colors", a multicolored print arriving late summer 2014
                                                                               
                                                                                        
Ships from:
Dragon Saddle LLC, Eustis, 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.
Canada
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
Nanaimo, British Columbia, VALHALLA PURE OUTFITTERS, nanaimo@vpo.ca
Nanaimo, British Columbia, NANAIMO PADDLING CENTER, nanaimopaddlingcenter@shaw.ca 
Winnipeg, Manitoba,  Marcelin Gautron, PEG CITY PADDLES, sales@pegcitypaddles.ca                                                                          
Montreal, Quebec, H2OPLAYGROUND, club@h2oplayground.com               
Belleville, Ontario, Stan Walton, WALTON SPORTS, WaltonSports.net, waltonsportsinc@gmail.com
USA
Princeton, NJ, Paddle for Pink, lindacan1644@gmail.com (a non-profit fundraiser)
Kalispell, Montana, FlatheadCommunityFoundation.org, info@flatheadcommunityfoundation.org (a non-profit fundraiser)
Vancouver, Washington, Double Fifth.com, info@doublefifth.com
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lindy Rustam, pidbf.lindy@gmail.com
Los Angeles, California, Wila Chun
Fairfield, New Jersey, Metro Event, saddle@metroevent.com
Washington DC,  Carlo Veloso, carlo@dcdragonboat.org
Florida, dragonsaddle@gmail.com
Australia
Brookvale, NSW, Australia, Talon Technologies, Merlin Gear, info@merlingear.com
Japan
Tokyo, Japan, Eri Hosaka, erihosaka18@gmail.com
                                                                                                     



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.


The Key West shop on Stock Island four years ago


More colors were added





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.



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.

Care

Occasionally you will need to remove the inserts to thoroughly clean and air dry to prevent mildew.
The best cleaners are mild soap and water, Resolve, or Oxy carpet and upholstery spray cleaner.
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 need to eventually order new Dragon Saddle in a different color.




Recognize these two world traveling paddlers?

THE HISTORY OF THE DRAGON SADDLE


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.  




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