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The National Trials to Join the USA Dragon Boat Team Will be Hosted in Houston for the First Time

Have you ever wanted to have the opportunity to join the USA team and compete against other countries in a sport you are passionate about? The opportunity has finally arrived in Houston. For the first time ever, the city of Houston will be hosting National Trials & Team Selections for all paddlers who are interested in joining the USA Dragon Boats and compete in Poznan, Poland at the ICF Dragon Boat World Champions on August 28-31, 2014.

The Texas Dragon Boat Association and the Dragon Boat USA have been working together to get the National Trials here to the central part of the United States for a while. Eve Marie Ruhlman, the President of the Texas Dragon Boat Association, stated, “We are beyond excited to bring this opportunity to the Lone Star State. Many people do not know what Dragon Boating is all about and do not know that there is such an amazing sport and cultural event that happens here. We know that we have amazing paddlers here and it is time to get these individuals to represent our state and our country.”

The National Trials will be held at MUD Lake in Clear Lake on March 1 & 2, 2014. The trials will be consistent of paddling/steering clinic, evaluations and time trials over the two day event. Registration is $100 for the Clinic and $120 for the Clinics and trial and any paddler is welcome to register and compete.

For more information and registration, please visit the or—Clinc-Registration.html

In addition to the National Trials, the Texas Dragon Boat Association hosts the Dragon Boat Festival during May in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and highlights an Asian country to promote the tradition of dragon boating, increase awareness of Asian and Asian-American culture, and enhance cross-cultural understanding. Celebrating the “Year of the Horse”, the entire family can experience the culture and traditions of Asia throughout the day through the boat races, cultural performances, educational cultural booths, Asian cuisine, colorful arts and crafts, and other activities. There is no admission fee to the event, and it is open to the public.

Teams and Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  To sponsor, register, volunteer, or partner with us, please contact the Executive Director, Eve Ruhlman at (



Saturday and Sunday, March 1 & 2

8:30AM-4:30 PM

MUD Lake in Clear Lake


About Texas Dragon Boat Association

The Texas Dragon Boat Association is a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit corporation established to promote the tradition of dragon boating, increase awareness of Asian and Asian American culture, and enhance cross-cultural understanding. TDBA organizes the Houston Dragon Boat Festival, the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta and other dragon boating events throughout the year.


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