The Dragon Saddle

 the super saddle and more​ 

Removing one of the Dragon Saddle-S inserts could be required if seat pads are officially inspected by formal race management in some high level IDBF events; most paddlers keep it full thickness at practice because the removable inserts adjust the comfort. 

Dragon Saddle-C hybrids are just Dragon Saddles with the clips, some call DRAGON CLAWS.   They provide comfort and durability expected in a DS-S with the addition of the convenient Super Saddle stretchable looped handle.  The bench clips  absolutely keep it in place so you can concentrate on paddling. With the cushy chloroprene isomer, you can float if you want to.  Also, we can convert your old Dragon Saddle to a hybrid if it is slipping from years of wear. Ship to us us to make the conversion. 

DS Foot Pad $8. If you can't reach the foot rest bar on the hull to use your legs properly during the stroke, this foot pad will help solve the problem. 8" x 5" x 2". You can shape it to fit. Premium HDPE foam. The closed-cell structure will not absorb water. The 2019 foot blocks are charcoal black.


Ride the dragon in total comfort during long practices on a Dragon Saddle model S including two inserts for cushioning adjustment. On a very tight budget? Try Dragon Saddle model G .

If you are obsessed about sprint speed, improving technique, going beyond your potential at races, the ability to really move farther, longer, faster, and use more powerful leg drive, consider upgrading to the new SUPER SADDLE -GG . It has a pair of secure  bench clips  and two different  surfaces on top for an anchoring grip on one side and a super Teflon glide on the gunnel side of the top.   The closed-cell neoprene in the Super Saddle is 15mm IDBF legal with no inserts. See the photos below.  See "ORDERING" for prices.

Since 2010 the Dragon Saddle has been the top selling dragon boat paddling sport product because of the adjustable soft cushioning for short sprints or long practices,  used by many dragon boat racing teams worldwide. 

My name is Doug Bedgood and I own Dragon Saddle LLC. The company is located in Florida, USA with production in Orlando and Eustis. Shipping is from Grand Island, Florida.

There are 23 color and print choices for the Dragon Saddle. The new 2019 model for the Super Saddle-GG is also now available in colors with white Teflon. Questions or to place an order? Contact Doug at about shipping quotes or any discounts for your team.

​You can do more on a Super Saddle-GG. If you like the idea of getting unhinged or unstuck from the bench, to the front your rotation quickly flys on the Teflon. The legs prepare for action with the deep catch and drive through a LONGER stroke. Here is how it works:

Begin by knowing that you are free to move farther in any direction with increased speed. Time the entrance, catch and exit precisely with the pacers and other paddlers. You will experience a surprise, a longer stroke length under full aggressive power while adapting your body to a more vertical paddle angle. The grip side of this saddle is for stability during an incredible fast return. Your legs really get involved.  Discover these things. Feel the natural rhythm of the body mechanics, the perfection. The boat responds instantly. 

Scroll down  to see the IDBF Regulations regarding seat cushions. 

Permitting the use of the Super Saddle could require copying these latest IDBF Regulations to show race management.



and teflon

= magic

The Dragon Saddle has much more than minimal padding. This is the ultimate cushion for comfort with an adjustable thickness. The Dragon Saddle meets IDBF racing specs by sliding out one of the two neoprene inserts. Some paddlers remove both inserts for the sprint races. Using both inserts will adjust the cushion upward for the demands of the most challenging, long practices and 2K races. 

  • Multiple layers of the highest quality wet suit neoprene; * 100% chloroprene inserts, base, and most tops;
  • Slip resistant base. Not absolutely slip proof.  See the hybrid or Super Saddle to guarantee your butt pad stays put.
  • Many colors and patterns. See list.
  • Conforms to IDBF Rules of Racing when one of the two inserts is removed.
  • The removable core inserts adjust the comfort and thickness;
  • Popular among racing teams in Canada, USA, Australia, and many more; 
  • An essential accessory;
  • Perfect cushioning for long, challenging practices; This is where races are ultimately won. Practice hard.
  • Manufactured in Florida, USA, by Dragon Saddle LLC;
  • A great way to sit in comfort at stadium events;
  • Has an interesting origin. See History.
  • The recommended UV protection color saving product for all your outdoor gear is in the CARE section. This will maintain a bright color for many years of outdoor exposure. If you don't use UV protection, some Dragon Saddle colors will begin to fade in the sun but the product will maintain it's performance for years. 

 the dragon saddle and the super saddle-GG


To see more products, go to the navigation bar to "MORE PADDLING, TRAINING AND COACHING PRODUCTS".

DS Hip Pad $12. Pain on the outside of your hip against the gunnel wall is usually from pressure on the TFL trigger point. See illustration. It then radiates down the ITB. This hip pad is 100% Chloroprene 6" x 6" x 3/4" thick with a textured grip surface on both sides and a name plate. Place it between your hip and the gunnel or inside your shorts against your hip.

the dragon saddle

SS-GG bench clips 

CR 13.4 ​

Dragon Boat Seat Pads (cushions) as described in Reg.13.1 shall ne made of a soft material such as neoprene, of an approximate thickness of 15mm t, nothat will compress easily when squeezed between finger and thumb. The width of the seat pad may vary in size and shape but shall approximate to th width of the paddling seat in the IDBF Standard International Racing Boat and should ideally, not exceed 20cm in width and 40cm in length. (Aug 11)

The complete document can be viewed at:


The Dragon Saddle-S has two removable inserts  included between the base and the top. All parts are 100% pure closed-cell neoprene.

​This saddle removes the boundaries that inhibit perfection among elite paddlers.

The X-Ray of the hips and pelvis on the right shows the relationship between the points of compression and the Super Saddle. The points of compression are the two Ischial Tuberosities that are at the lower border of the Ischium. The distance between those points on the average adult female is 5"m (11.8 cm) and adult male is 3 1/2" (8.5 cm).

The distance between the Bench Claw  platforms on the bottom of the Super Saddle is 12.25" (31.1 cm). The Bench Claw base platforms are 7/16"  in thickness and well outside the points of compression from body weight. The overall length of the Super Saddle is 13.25" (33.7 cm) and the neoprene thickness is 15mm.

​Super Saddle-GG

Patents Pending

Every Super Saddle is entirely hand crafted by Doug, including the optional, custom, inlaid neoprene colored designs on the bottom, coded for team colors or for ownership identification.

If you purchase a Super Saddle- GG, practice with it before a race so you have time to discover how to take advantage of what you can really do with this new found freedom. 

Note: You will rapidly leave your ass print on the Teflon. It conforms to you. Loaning out the Super Saddle could alter the Teflon. Always protect the thick Teflon from abrasion or contact with other objects during transportation. Keep it in it's box as much as possible.

OC6 Outrigger Saddle, 12"x16"x22mm neoprene, full grip texture both sides, carrying loop, rounded front. $47

DS Foot Pad and DS Hip Pad are at the bottom of this page.

See all prices at the ORDERING page.

Team USA embroidery + flag:

navy blue with red or red with navy blue

​Team Canada embroidery + flag

The economical Cushion Model G, for recreational novices, has a grip surface all the way around.