If you read about the awards we created for the GVCC, you know that we’re more than just a sign company. We can create unique graphic solutions (hence our name) for just about every occasion. Dragon boat races throughout the country realize this. That’s why we’re getting more and more requests for award graphics in Vancouver, WA.
Dragon Boating Is on Fire!
Never heard of dragon boat racing? It sounds like you haven’t been to any rivers or lakes recently! Dragon boats can be traced back more than 2500 years to southern central China. Despite the crew of ten pairs of two paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer working their tails off, the sport didn’t make it to the United States until about 1983. And, recently, it’s been spreading like wildfire. In fact, Portland’s Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race is the largest event of its type in North America.
Somehow, as the sport grew, SGS became known as the go-to sign shop for any dragon boat graphics. We’ve wrapped two dragon boats. One was for the Rotary Club of Shreveport, Louisiana. The other was for the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
You Won? That’s a Paddling!
In recent years, our reach in dragon boating has expanded even further. At dragon boat festivals around the U.S., the winning teams are awarded paddles instead of the traditional trophies you might get for winning your bowling league or a limbo contest. To give the paddles some pizzazz, they typically have graphics with the name of the event, the year, and the category won.
- Paddle West – Vancouver, WA – The Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA) Club Crew Regional Championships in Vancouver, WA in August 2015. Winners at this qualifying race earned slots to compete at the World Club Crew Championships in Adelaide, Australia in 2016.
- Shreveport Dragon Boat Festival – Shreveport, LA – This was a big fundraiser for the local Rotary Club.
- Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival – Bemidji, MN
- Paddle For Life – Vancouver, WA – This was a fundraiser for a water sports program for disabled veterans.
- Montana Dragon Boat Festival – Kalispell, MT
- DFW Dragon Boat Festival – Irving, TX
How Are Paddle Panel Awards Made?
These paddles are just for display. They aren’t meant to be used in the water. Of course, you wouldn’t be up a creek without a paddle if you did choose to use it. But, the graphics are not designed to be waterproof. Instead, we went with a more cost-effective intermediate calendered vinyl with air release technology. For those of you keeping score at home, we used Oracal 3165RA. Since the graphics go over a convex curve, the air release channels make it easier to apply the graphics by hand to the full-size wood dragon boat paddle.
Do you have unique awards in mind that you never thought anyone could make a reality? Give our mighty sign makers a chance! Contact us today for a free consultation!