Team Biographies

More teams will be listed below as their biographies are approved.

CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, offers automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA members through partnerships with AAA clubs in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1914, the company has been rated A or better by A.M. Best for nearly 90 years, and is one of the top 20 personal lines property casualty insurance groups in the United States. CSAA Insurance Group was named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in America by Points of Light in 2016, and is proud to support the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival for the 15th consecutive year.

Established in 1996, our team has continued to be a respected presence within the student body of Abraham Lincoln High School, as well as the dragon boat community. Lincoln Dragon Boat Team is a family on and off the water, consisting of dedicated paddlers who are learning respect, responsibility, and sportsmanship. We believe in creating a community that will allow everyone to grow to their fullest potential and to develop integrity that goes beyond paddling. Our team consists of 100 members, making us one of the largest teams in the entire Bay Area, and possibly California. We are a team, we are a family, and we stand together as an army.

Alameda DragonFlyers, from the island city of Alameda, enjoys an island blend of competing, eating, exercising and socializing. Our membership includes paddlers from 18 to 78, and many family members join and paddle together. ADF practices on the Alameda-Oakland estuary and welcomes new paddlers year-round. www.meetup/alamedadragonflyers

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Here at Bank of America we strive to create a strong culture of Diversity and Inclusion. The Asian Leadership Network plays a pivotal role in creating that culture, and we’re very proud to be participating in our 3rd year of the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival.

Bank of the West carries on the spirit of the West, which for nearly 150 years has inspired us to work harder and go further to meet the financial needs of individuals, families, businesses, and community organizations. True to our motto “Go West!”, the Bank of the West Bears is looking forward to its first time participation in the Northern California International Dragon Boat Race and Festival. Our newly formed novice team is comprised of employees from various areas of the bank, representative of our diverse backgrounds, ages, and job functions. We look forward to meeting and competing against other teams and enjoying the Festival!

Once in a blue moon, when far away festivals call, paddlers from across the Boston MA dragon boat community come together to form Team Boaty McBoatface. We are a fun and competitive dragon boat team made up of the best, brightest, and goofiest of Boston paddlers who value hard work and good sportsmanship! California, here we come!

The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, to educational outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public. The Academy’s mission—to explore, explain and sustain life—extends to all corners of this San Francisco institution and beyond, now including the waters of Lake Merritt! In our third year, the California Academy of Sciences Leafy Sea Dragons are here to join all the terrific teams in this wonderful festival's 21st year.

The Capgemini Dragons take teamwork outside the office and onto a boat. As a mix of veteran paddlers and newbies from Capgemini and Capgemini Consulting, we get the job done. Thanks to our employee resource group, CREATE (Collaboratively Reaching Excellence in Asian Talent & Expertise), we’re excited to immerse ourselves in a rewarding cultural experience. We’ll demonstrate our corporate values by paddling long and strong with team spirit, boldness and fun. And we’ll bring our goal-focused tenacity, so don’t expect mercy as we transform into a lean paddling machine on water. As we say, People Matter, Results Count!

Sometime during the 2004 school year a handful of paddlers came together with the vision to build a club around the fun-filled experience of dragon-boating in the San Francisco Bay Area. While most were relatively new to the sport themselves, their commitment and faith to the sport enabled the team to become what it is today--a close knit group of friends who all share in the joy of dragon-boating. The CCSF dragonboat team was disbanded in 2007, but 9 years later, in 2016, the team is reformed with the help of the community and CCSF Evans Campus. We are back baby! Go RAMS!

The Asian Employee Network (AEN) is one of the many different employee networks at Chevron Corporation focusing on various aspects of diversity. AEN is an inclusive network of Asian and non-Asian employees working towards enhancing cultural awareness and understanding. AEN has been proactively facilitating the development of an inclusive, diverse, and fun work environment where employees can grow professionally and personally to their full potential. We are back for our 3rd year and ready for more hardware!

CYC

CYC, community youth center, motivating youths to succeed! The CYC dragon boat team, founded in 2001, consists of many students from diverse schools within the Bay Area. Ever since, this team has worked hard to make its way to the top, and now this team has become one of the top competing high school teams in the Bay Area. Our goal is to motivate youths to meet their fullest potential in being fit, healthy, and responsible individuals, as well as maintaining a strong, loving bond within this team. Anyone from 8-12th grade is welcome to join! For more information, check out our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CYCyouthDB/

Established in 2012, One Breath has catered to the youth in San Francisco. As a program under the Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC), our team focuses on building character, developing camaraderie, and providing support to our paddlers. We are a diverse and multicultural group of individuals led by our coaches. As a team, we show the community that we are capable of working together regardless of race or ethnicity. It's not what's on the outside that counts, but what's on the inside that matters. We are labeled as high risk, and we embrace it. High risk reaps high rewards. We are one boat, one team, One Breath.

Community Youth Center (CYC) is a San Francisco nonprofit, established in 1970, that provides wrap around services to hundreds of high-risk SF youth every year. Established in 2007, CYC: Arms of Fury is loaded with dedicated staff that work during the week to empower and strengthen high-need Asian youth and their families by providing for comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy, and other supportive services.

Hello! We are Davis Racing Dragons, a student run dragon boat team representing UC Davis. We race competitively all over California, ranging from the Bay Area to Long Beach. Our team does not require prior experience to join. We also offer a two week free trial to newcomers who want to try out the sport.

Every September, the legendary Deloitte Dragons are roused from their slumber to compete in what is now the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival. Comprised of the fiercest Audit, Tax, Consulting, and Financial Advisory professionals within the Bay Area, the Deloitte Dragons are hand-picked to compete in this once-a-year showdown. Following a rigorous, year-long training period that involves countless hours of computer work, ten-key data entry, PowerPoint presentations, and financial document reviews - each Deloitte Dragon is trained for two things: 1) Delivering client service excellence and 2) WINNING!!! Deloitte Dragons...Paddles Up!

Joining forces from various cities (SF, Stockton, Marin, San Jose), the Delta Dragons return with fire in their bellies and eyes on another medal this year! Team captains Stefanie Chu-Leong and Lex Lucero stir up the ferocity amongst the paddlers, as Coach Mimi Vu and Steerer Chuck Chen help them dig and slice their blades into racing waters. We couldn’t come together without the gracious efforts of the Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton and Marin Chinese Culture Association. Thank you to our sponsors! As the excitement and adrenaline amplify, so does the appetite, and roar -- WHO ARE WE??!!....DELTA, DELTA DRA-GUNNNSS!!

PADDLERS ARE YOU READY? GO! DieselFish thrusts its paddles into the Bay and then rips through the water. UP! UP! UP! The San Francisco Bay Area team quickens its rate, causing the boat to surge forward. This pace is grueling, but DieselFish is prepared – the team’s members improved their cardio rates. READY AND REACH! DieselFish shifts to a steady cruising speed. This transition is difficult, but the team practiced it countless times. FINISH IT NOW! DieselFish shortens its strokes and hurtles toward the finish line. Visit us at DieselFish.org today to find out what happens next and to learn how you can join our next adventure!

Dieselfish Youth is a conglomerate of high school teams from all over the peninsula and beyond. Our team was established in 2009 by a group of high schoolers from San Jose, then added other high schools during and after its first season, growing to include more than six high schools! Dieselfish Youth is lighthearted but serious and competitive on the water, becoming better and better with every race! Size isn’t everything, and Dieselfish Youth would be more than willing to show all those on the water the true meaning of heart and hard work. “One Team, One Stroke!”

Dragon ATTack is a team of AT&T employees who love the sport of dragon boat paddling. Through sponsorship from AT&T and APCA (Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement), an employee resource group at AT&T, we are able to return to CDBA’s International Dragonboat festival for another year and hope to continue our trend in doing better each year. Thank you DragonMax for accommodating our practices. Remember, Don’t Text and Paddle. It Can Wait!

S.F. Express (SF) was established in Shunde, Guangdong Province, in 1993. Since its establishment, SF has committed to improving its service quality and infrastructure, vigorously developing and introducing IT technologies and equipment, and continuously achieving automatic operations. With excitement, it is a great honor for SF Americas Region to be back for the 2016 Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival. Everyone is welcome to visit the SF booth for giveaways and coupons. One day as an SF-er, whole life of an SF-er! One boat, one dream!

A new class of Dragon Roots is here and expect nothing less than glory. We have the heart, charisma, and skill it takes to compete. We live by one motto: Clear Eyes Full Strokes Can't Lose

Our mission is to offer excellence to our members and our community. With an excellent program on and off the water, we seek to foster champions of mind and body within each of our athletes. By having fun and competing together, our members will develop meaningful, lifelong relationships. Together, we will establish best practices to professionalize our sport and to drive it forward.

With over 180 adult members, DragonMax is the largest dragon boat team in the Bay Area. We welcome all ages and ability levels to any of the 5 practices/week at the Berkeley Marina. Our most competitive paddlers compete annually in regional and world championships. In 2014, 5 of our crews raced at the Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy. This year, 3 of our crews raced at the CCWCs in Adelaide, Australia. We’re now recruiting and training for the 2017 Pacific Regional Championships so that we can qualify for the 2018 CCWCs in Szeged, Hungary. Visit DragonMax.org for more information and exciting race videos.

The East Bay MUD Dragons are a team of dedicated Water and Wastewater professionals brought together for their love of water, teamwork and friendly competition. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and award-winning wastewater treatment protection to San Francisco Bay for 680,000 customers through Stewardship, Integrity, Respect and Teamwork.

Where are we from? East Bay! Who are we? Rough Riders! Hailing from all over the East Bay, the Rough Riders represent nine different cities from almost as many schools. We are as diverse in personality as we are in geography. We enjoy being a part of the extended paddling community in the Bay Area. Stop by our tent to say "hello" and receive an enthusiastic greeting in return!

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

The Galileo Celestial Dragons (GCD) is a youth dragon boat team founded in 2001 in San Francisco, CA. We have had the privilege to race among the best teams in the world, traveling to Vancouver, Hong Kong, and Long Beach. We are very grateful to have such an abundant amount of support from fellow GCD alumni, parents, coaches, family, teachers, sponsors, and more. Keep in touch by following us on Twitter, @GCD_official_ and Instagram, @gcd_official to watch our journey. Who’s fast? We’re fast! Who’s strong? We’re strong! Who are we? GCD!

HSBC was founded in Hong Kong on March 3rd 1865. Established to finance trade, HSBC has grown to become one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. HSBC provides distinct benefits to help support you on your journey to achieving your lifelong ambitions and meeting life's milestones. We are proud to support the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival. Stop by the HSBC booth for some fun games and giveaways. We look forward to meeting you all!

The Infinity Dragons formed in early 2014 with the goal to expand post-collegiate Dragon Boat into Central California. Bringing together paddlers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels from Oakland to Sacramento, we’re proud to be the only adult team of Northern California outside of the Bay Area. We strive to instill the drive and competitiveness that is at the core of Dragon Boat within the hearts of our paddlers, friends, and communities. May our legacy run to Infinity!

After years of fun at TI, the Guppies are looking forward to a new chapter in the Northern California Dragon Boat Festival as it moves to the waters of Lake Merritt. Started in 1999, the Killer Guppies is a year-round community team under the Southern California Dragon Boat Club (SCDBC). Our team accommodates competitive and recreational paddlers and all variations in between. Fellow paddlers are more than teammates, they are family members. We basically enjoy just hanging out together, racing, practicing, social events, or even just lunch after practice. As evidenced by the commonly heard phrase after practice, “What’s for lunch?”

Kilowatt is proudly representing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 6 for the 5th straight year. Our union has a long history in San Francisco; we have powered the City for over 100 years, and our highly skilled workforce will continue to light up SF for many years to come. Our paddlers are wired for success and look forward to some shockingly good races this year.

KP Dragons came alive in 2001 as the result of collaboration between Chris Yee, a former paddler with the Tasmanian Angels, and the late Susan Chan-Lin, former president of Kaiser Permanente Asian Association. Today KP Dragons continues to thrive with spirited like-minded KP employees and community members who represent our diverse Bay Area community. Our KP Dragon Boat teams represent many cultures, ages, ethnicities, and professions. We all believe in being fit and having fun and have not wavered from the founders’ goals of collaborative teamwork and dedication to health. KPD also supports a growing youth team.

You might be ready for the lemons life throws at you, but are you ready for us, the eLEMONators? We are a fierce team consisting of paddlers from different high schools in the East Bay. Even with our diversity, we were able to quickly bond and develop not only irrefutable pride but also definitive strength. Although this ragtag team started off in 2014 with only six paddlers, through a lot of milk and broccoli, we have grown to become the energetic family you see today! We won our first race at Lake Merced in 2015, and we are definitely ready to win in 2016. The question is, are you ready for us?

KPMG, LLP is the audit, tax, and advisory firm that understands the distinctive business needs of market leaders. We offer a powerful combination of people, services, technologies, and results-oriented strategies to help our clients meet their challenges and improve performance. In our 15th year of sponsoring the festival and races, KPMG Team Velocity demonstrates our commitment to diversity, team work, and the community. A big thanks to: KPMG’s Asian Pacific Islander Network (APIN); Joe Yuen, Rajiv Thadani, Helen Xu and Reema Anand, APIN Partner Champions; and Team Captains Justin Quan and Joseph Cancino.

The Team Wolfpack, made up of KTSF employees and their die-hard friends, reflects the diverse population that KTSF serves. Established in 1976, KTSF is an independent, full-power television station providing news and entertainment to over 2.75 million television households in the Bay Area. KTSF is the largest Asian-language TV station in the US and produces live nightly newscasts in both Cantonese and Mandarin. KTSF and The Wolfpack are the ones to watch!

Formed in 1996 when dragon boat racing first became a sport in the Bay Area, Lightwave is a co-ed team with members from different backgrounds and disciplines. Based at the Bair Island Aquatic Center (BIAC) in Redwood City, CA., we practice on Wednesdays and Sundays, and regularly participate in local races as well as in Southern California and Canada. Although we practice hard and love to bring home trophies and medals, dragon boat racing is also an excuse for all of us to simply hang out, enjoy good food, and share stories. Lightwave is a social, fun, close-knit group and is proud to compete at this year's Festival! Go 'Waves!

The future is all about what you do next. What’s your moonshot? We’ll help you get there. You’re closer than you think. LinkedIn is devoted to connecting the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. Twenty of our most fun-loving have gathered for the second year to participate in the Kaiser Northern California Dragon Boat Festival. We are excited to have a blast, enjoy the water and sun, meet new friends, and bring home a medal!

Live Love Survive is Northern California’s first co-ed cancer survivor dragon boat team founded by Jennifer Eng in 2005. The team is comprised of paddlers of all ages, and our members include cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters. The team goal is to spread awareness of cancer and to support each other in the healing process through camaraderie and exercise. Thank you to Asian American Cancer Support Network (AACSN) for supporting the team. For more information about our team, please visit www.aacsn.org or email jennengfitness@gmail.com. We are always looking for more paddlers.

Los Angeles Racing Dragons were founded by family & friends after participating in the inaugural Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival in 1996 and enjoying the camaraderie, health benefits & competitiveness of this sport so much that we formed Long Beach’s first year-round team in 1998. Today, LARD is a non-profit organization still run entirely by volunteers & competes internationally. We represented the US at the World Club Crew Championships in Hong Kong July 2012. We welcome new paddlers & proudly support the LA Pink Dragons, California’s first BCS team. Find us at laracingdragons.org, or better yet, join us on the water!

2016 marks Lowell Dragon Boat team’s 19th year at the Bay Area’s autumn classic, and we are back again with four mixed crews. Our team had a great first half of the year, winning championships in mixed, boys, and girls divisions at the April Youth Race. While we bid farewell to a large contingent of graduated paddlers this summer, we hope our hard work will keep us among the top teams in our very competitive local youth division. Crewzers, Red Tide, Big Red-C…Faaaai----D! Go Lowell!

Lucky Supermarkets will compete this year to bring home the gold in the novice division race. The Lucky Dragons has been competing for years and has won a bronze and silver medal so hoping to bring home gold this year. Lucky Supermarkets festival booth this year will offer prizes and samples to all the festival patrons.

For the fourth consecutive year, the McKesson Dragons will awaken from their lairs to the sound of beating drums and race in the annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival! Led by McKesson’s Pan-Asian Voices for Excellence (PAVE) employee resource group, we promote cultural awareness, foster diversity, and advocate representation of our employee base from all parts of the company. Paddling together with endurance and unity, the McKesson Dragons advance our shared community commitment to better health!

The Miraloma Mayhem are a group of moms and dads from Miraloma Elementary school in San Francisco. Nearly all first-time dragon-boaters, we're excited to take part in such an amazing festival. While we're keeping our eye on the prestigious race-day prize for Not Tipping Over, we will have already won just by having fun on the water (and scoring ourselves a few kid-free hours in the process). Festival-bound, y'all...Bring the mayhem!

The Mission Dragon Riders Team was started in 2003. We are led by coaches Bob Leung, Jhon Buenvenida, Cory Ferris, Oscar Torres, and Terrance Zheng. Our team’s captains are Fiona He, Leo Ruan, and Matthew Wong. They are supported by assistant captains Kathia Vargas, Belen Jara, and Jun Wei Guo. Our paddlers come from different backgrounds and countries all around the world. We strive to promote friendship, fitness, and sportsmanship. We always have fun together during practice but are also really competitive and serious when we are on the water.

North East Medical Services (NEMS) is one of the largest private, non-profit community health centers in the United States with expertise serving the Asian community. Operating 10 clinics in San Francisco, Daly City, and San Jose, our mission is to provide affordable, comprehensive, compassionate and quality health care services in a linguistically competent and culturally sensitive manner to improve the health and well-being of our community.

NWDB is composed of highly motivated, passionate athletes that strive to inspire more competition within the Bay Area and aim to compete internationally. Founded in 2015 and originated from San Francisco, Northwind believes in giving their best and nothing less. Surrounded by like-minded athletes filled with dedication, determination, and desire, Northwind strives to move on only as a pack and believes in 1 for all and all for 1. Also check us out at www.facebook.com/NorthwindDragonBoat

O2 BodyFit is a personal training bootcamp located in Daly City. These Dragons consist of bootcamp members and their trainers. It is their fourth year participating in the Kaiser Northern California Dragon Boat Festival. They are looking to have an amazing fun time but also hoping to take home that medal! O2 BodyFit's motto is BREATHE STRONG , and as we paddle together, we breathe stronger TOGETHER.

With 45 Years of providing outstanding quality and personal healthcare needs to Bay Area seniors, On Lok and the “On Lok Warriors” are back! The “warrior” fighting spirit is at an all-time high, and we are ready to slay it again. Promoting teamwork, fitness, and life balance, our motto and dedication has been contagious! Galvanized by the overwhelming outpouring of support from On Lok peers, family and friends – we look forward to spreading our “spirit” with you all in our quest for victory!

Oyster Point Dragons (OPD) continues to promote the sport of dragon boating in a fun and safe environment while fostering team spirit and friendship. OPD makes a difference by providing paddlers with multiple supportive relationships with peers, by offering challenging physical activities and health initiatives, by seeking and participating in local and international events, and by generously giving back to local communities. OPD’s most notable accomplishment was the creation of a Student Program. This student team brought home silver in the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival this past July.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is proud to participate in the 2015 International Dragon Boat Festival. PG&E has served and engaged with California’s diverse communities for more than 100 years. Diversity and inclusion are an important part of PG&E’s values and how the utility works to provide safe, reliable, affordable and green energy to 15 million customers throughout northern and central California. Team PG&E, the “Power Dragons”, is led by PG&E’s Asian Employee Resource Group, representing our diversity as well as our competitive spirit, dedication and commitment to the communities where we live and work.

Filipino paddlers last competed in the USA at the 2011 IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championship in Tampa Bay, FL, an enduring success for Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) and the pride and joy of every Filipino paddler. The idea of competing again in the USA was a dream, a commitment, and then a reality. PDBF teams and Filipino paddlers from other countries were invited with great response. With support from DragonMax and DNA, all the puzzle pieces were molded into one: PDBF ALLIANCE-SFO or THE ALLIANCE for short. Filipino and friendly paddlers from LA, Qatar, Dubai, Singapore, Manila Philippines, and Bohol Philippines form the core of THE ALLIANCE.

The Renegades crawled out of the brine and into existence on April 1st, 2009. The fact that the day happened to be April Fool's was, of course, just a happy coincidence....or was it? From the beginning the Renegades have been a curious mix of malcontents, misfits and miscreants who found a new home at the Jack London Aquatic Center. The Renegades premiere crew, Recidivists Dragons, has graced many lineups and Post Offices in and around the Bay Area and continuous to be our best known and least findable crew.

We are a competitive Dragon Boat racing team dedicated to supporting and spreading the growth of Dragon Boat Racing. Under the direction of our coach, Henry Kim, we strive to be and to race against the best. Founded in 2007 and based in Long Beach, CA, we strive to do our best!

We are the San Francisco Bay Area Dragons, and this will be our team's 21st year. We have been going to this race since the beginning and are happy to attend this race every year. Our club is made up of members from all over the San Francisco Bay Area, with diverse backgrounds, various careers, and paddlers of all ages. Our members range in age and experience from teenagers to our novice members to our senior members. Though different, what we share is our love of great food, traveling, and most importantly, our love for the sport of dragon boat racing! Look for the many giant flags and come by and say hello. GO BAD!

Straight Outta Silicon Valley - San Jose Dragon Boat returns to the Northern California Dragon Boat Festival this year faster and stronger than ever. Representing San Jose State University, this group of young college students is fired up, ready to go, and are striving to make a name for themselves as the premier dragon boat team in the South Bay for years to come. Paddles up!

Who are we? We are a dragon boat team comprised of college students within the San Francisco area. Our goal is to be a known competitive team throughout the dragon boat community. We have fun off the boat and shift gears on the boat. We practice hard and treat ourselves with lots of food and desserts afterwards. In the end, we treat each other as family and paddle hard for one another to accomplish our goal.

San Francisco Dragon Healers was founded in 2005. The team comprises employees of Kaiser Permanente from the San Francisco, Redwood City, San Rafael and South SF facilities, their families and friends. We are proud of the diversity of the team members and their ability to come together for the common goal of crossing the finish line! We love the rush of Lake Merced water on our faces, the fog, good food and of course good competition! Our paddlers proudly give back to the Dragon Boat community by coaching a youth team and being involved with the California Dragon Boat Association.

The SFFD Fire Dragons are back to defend their 2015 first place finish. Our team is generously funded by the Asian Firefighters Association of the SFFD. There are many reasons why we haven't missed a race since 1997. First, it's important to support community events. Second, our competitive nature and ability to work as a team make this a perfect event for us to enjoy. Finally, we have the best coaches and support team. Thanks so much to Brandon Young, Joe Ouyang, and Captain Ed Moy. Last blurb from me, this year marks the 150 anniversary of the SFFD. Free events at Pier 45 Sept 24-25. Go to www.sffd150.org for info

One of the largest and oldest Affinity Clubs west of the Mississippi, the Asian Students’ Coalition of Saint Ignatius College Prep is a club based on the Jesuit belief of creating community. ASC strives to bring awareness of Asian American culture and issues to the surrounding community and to enrich the lives of the student body by providing a safe place for students to share Asian and Asian American heritage, culture, and identity. A long-time participant in the Kaiser Permanente International Dragon Boat Festival, the team brings its enthusiasm and passion back to Lake Merritt.

Sutter Health is honored to be a premier sponsor of the 2016 Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival. The Sutter Health network is made up of over 51,000 doctors, employees and volunteers. Together, we share a partnership promise to create a more personalized, high-value health care experience for you and your family. We are partnering with you, communities and each other to make a positive difference in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns. We're glad to be a festival sponsor and support the California Dragon Boat Association. Go Sutter Health Dragons! To learn more visit sutterhealth.org

The TAP-Chicago Typhoon is a recreational dragon boat team based in Chicago, IL. Founded in 2014, Typhoon draws from TAP-Chicago's large membership base of diverse young professionals. Our team values unity, fun, friendship, and giving back to the community. In the last three years, Typhoon has raised over $3,000 in support of local youth charities and traveled to Oshkosh, WI, St. Louis, and Nashville to compete and have fun. We are excited to bring some of the Windy City spirit to the Bay Area and look forward to racing and meeting new friends.

The Taiwanese American Professionals, San Francisco Chapter (TAP-SF) is a non-profit, volunteer run 501(c)3 organization under the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). TAP enhances the TA community by networking individuals interested in professional development, while emphasizing the preservation of TA identity. TAP provides resources and programs that inspire and empower professionals to become community-oriented leaders. The TAP network spans across major cities in the U.S., including SF, LA, New York, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Houston, and Washington D.C. – the SF chapter includes over 1,800 young professionals in the Bay Area.

Team DPW celebrates 10 years of paddling, loving the good times, and overcoming the tough times. Our legacy continues at our new home nestled at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area. Through passing time our love for this competitive sport still grows, trying every time to perfect our technique. This is a dynamic group of individuals that have transformed into family, full of energy, strength, and always determined to enjoy life. To a wonderful group of people with every year that passes, may our team keep growing stronger. Paddles Up! Oakland here we come!

The TenCate Flying Dragons are made up of 100% first time paddlers who are employees of TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Inc. representing facilities in Morgan Hill and in Fairfield. TenCate are suppliers of carbon fiber advanced composite materials to the aerospace industry, serving the various markets ranging from satellites and launch vehicles to general aviation and military aircraft. We are excited to be in our first dragonboat festival and our goal is to “Paddle as One” and have a great time on the water! What's in your paddle???

Our dragon boat team includes members of the largest volunteer non-profit in the world, with 1.35 million Lions Internationally. Our motto of "We Serve" describes our core belief of helping those less fortunate. The Lions help where help is needed, both in our own communities and in the global community. If you enjoy helping others then you are a perfect fit - we are the S.F. Bay Area New Century Lions Club. www.lionsclub.org . Special thanks to our two sponsors: POKE TIME! located at 549 Irving Street SF, 2101 Lombard St. SF and coming soon at 177 South Gate Ave. Daly City, and to CHAIRMAN BAO located at 670 Larkin St. San Francisco.

UC Irvine Dragon Boat was founded in 2003 and is the oldest collegiate racing team in California. We are currently in our 14th year of establishment and 4th as an official club sport of UC Irvine. Our co-ed team is 50 members strong with a growing pool of active alumni. We accept members of all varying skill and fitness levels, with the intention to cultivate and inspire each paddler to be the best version of themselves.

UCLA Dragonboat was founded in 2004. The team emphasizes building a diverse community of people who have one interest in common: sitting on a boat. Even though our paddlers have been busy studying, working, and travelling all over the world this summer, everyone is still hitting the gym and drinking protein... or at least thinking about doing it tomorrow. As the summer draws to an end, the Bruins are excited to kick off a new school year with a new race!

GW DB is proud to be one of the founding High School DB teams. On our 21st year, we continue to paddle, eat, compete, play, hang out, and have fun from Portland to Long Beach. Our DB family is lovingly supported and superbly fed by the Ly, Ng, and Wong families especially Peter and Celine Huynh along with awesome coaches - Alan Layug and Bryan Wong. We are the Scarlet and Grey Eagles!! GW DB is fam and life.

Our team is proudly representing the City and County of San Francisco on behalf of Mayor Edwin M. Lee and our entire city government family. We're a scrappy team made up of first-time and seasoned paddlers that take pride in serving the public and joining forces when our City's pride is on the line. Our team is sponsored by ChinaSF, an organization helping to establish stronger economic ties with China to directly and indirectly create more economic opportunities and jobs in the Bay Area.

We Be Dragon is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employee Services Association’s team of novice paddlers. The group fuses fun, water, and networking into an explosive burst of paddling fury. We are back again for our 19th year to blow the competition away and leave them draggin’. Thanks to our sponsors UNCLE Credit Union and Toyota of Livermore.

Wells Fargo is proud to support the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, which brings our community together in a celebration of Asian culture. Headquartered in San Francisco since 1852, Wells Fargo values the long-term relationships we have built with the diverse Asian communities since our earliest days. Last year, we donated $20 million to Bay Area schools and nonprofits—many of whom serve the Asian community. To learn about how Wells Fargo can help you achieve your financial goals, including sending money to your loved ones in Asia with our ExpressSend® service, visit us at any Wells Fargo store or www.wellsfargo.com

X-Generals is a recreational/competitive dragon boat racing team based in Long Beach, California. Formed in October 2003 as a continuation of the former General Bank Corporate Dragon Boat Team (thus the name "X-Generals"), our team is a diverse crew made up of people from all walks of life who are looking to stay active, push their limits, and be a part of an incredible community. JAWS Dragon Boat Team is a recreational/competitive high school dragon boating team located in Long Beach, California.

This is the first year the Berkeley Haas Evening Weekend MBA program will be racing! The team spans across all 3 current program years (Class of 2017-2019) with working professionals who juggle full time work, part time school, families, friends and now dragon boat racing! As stated in our school's defining principles, we: - are QUESTIONING THE STATUS QUO with how many responsibilities and activities we can juggle - have CONFIDENCE WITHOUT ATTITUDE no matter what the outcome of the race - are STUDENTS ALWAYS as we learn this new sport of dragon boating - go BEYOND OURSELVES by contributing to the CDBA Youth Program