Bless the Boats, Wake the Dragons the season is upon us!


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Its that time of year again and it comes around quickly. The annual Dragonboat Boat Blessing and we have ours this coming Saturday. Many clubs across Hong Kong are doing their boat blessings at the moment. RHKYC and Typhoons held one … Continue reading

You know you’re a paddler when…

Paddlers, we’re a funny ole bunch. We use a language that only a paddler would know, love and understand. Stormys have collated a list of 24 phrases that we hope give you all a giggle, tell us your favourites!

You know you’re a paddler when…  

  1. You have no shame in getting naked in a car park or on the beach full of other paddlers after your done on the water!
  2. When you know the difference between paddling and rowing
  3. When You’re kitchen is overrun with large heavy duty zip lock bags
  4. When you plan your day around your paddling!
  5. When you sign off on emails with “paddles up!” even when you’re not talking about paddling
  6. Your bathtub is used to wash and dry paddling gear
  7. The tops of your hands have the paddlers tan. Dark to the knuckles, white to the nails
  8. You spend more time in wet clothes than dry
  9. After a meeting at work, you form a line outside the boardroom and high-five everyone as they file out
  10. When stopped at an intersection, you see a car creeping over the solid white line and yell, “man in the red Ford back it down or you’re disqualified!”
  11. You have calluses on your ass and palms the size of quarters
  12. When running with your friends to catch the last train home from work, you yell “going in 5…4…3…2…1”
  13. You know what a heart attack feels like already
  14. You argue with a 90 year old lady who is sitting in the middle of the bus, claiming that you always sit in the ‘engine room’
  15. After a bout of lovemaking with your significant other, you say ‘let it run’
  16. When at a restaurant with non-paddle friends who say they are full you want to say out loud “Finish it”
  17. You’ve finally found something that smells worse than your gym bag…PADDLING SHOES!
  18. You shuffle passengers around in your car because it feels “left-heavy”
  19. You attend a business presentation given by one of your colleagues, and you can’t resist the urge to turn and yell everything said so that those in the back can also hear
  20. You drive your car with half your body hanging out the driver’s side window
  21. Instead of asking for a “quickie” you ask for a “3 minute piece at 95%”
  22. You can’t drive your car unless someone sits behind you and yells instructions
  23. You don’t cancel paddling just because it is raining – it’s a watersport we train in the rain!
  24. WTF – Where’s the Finish?

Stormy Dragons are back on the water and can’t wait for the first race of the 2018 season!