Hey EVERYBODY! It’s Felicia, attempting to do a write-up. Disclaimer: I’ve always said that I can speak better than I write… So, this article could best be described as Word Vomit. (I seem not to have too much trouble with that… according to some people.)
The word is out! Big Long Beach 2009 is “by far the most successful tournament!” Honestly? No one can dismiss that statement. With everyone, LITERALLY EVERYONE, leaving with a medal that weekend, I am pretty sure that NO ONE can look at the SPACE DRAGONS and say that we did not have great results from all the hard work we put into this tournament. Yeah, YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE! =]
But of course, my question is… How could we NOT have had a great tournament when it was opened up by the GREAT and FABULOUS news of Joani’s (Joe and Yani) PREGNANCY?!?! Congratulations, You TWO! You DID it… (Hehe.)
Let’s break down what this “success” really was.
Starting with Space Dragons’ WONDERFUL WHITE!
Although not exactly having the best results from the 500 meter heats, they took what they had (SHOOTING OUT OF THE GATES LIKE HUNGRY GREYHOUNDS FOR A RABBIT!) and applied it to the Long Beach Special: 200 meters. After smoking the competition in their first 200 meter heats, I was given the honor of calling their final heat. They were so very excited yet calmly focused and determined to repeat the results from their previous heats. And, well… THEY DID! The Space Dragons family now includes the 200 meter Division III Reigning Champions! First… NUMBER ONE… out of 35 teams!! Congratulations, White! Way to REPRESENT!
Now to… BLUE… blue BLUE blue… blue blue… SPACE DRAGONS SPACE DRAGONS SPACE DRAGONS SPACE DRAGONS! (Set to the music of “Jump On It “ by Sir-Mix-A-Lot)
The Blue Boat had a very strong crew but for some reason the boat was, in the words of Joe (the baby daddy), “heeeeeavvy.” Luckily, the Blue Crew did not get down after some hard heats on Saturday and looked for a fresh start on Sunday, as they went into the finals. Sunday comes around and Blue well-deservingly got to race the race that they always knew they had in them. Blue came out of this tournament successful by winning the silver medal in Division IIC 500 meters. YEAH BLUE! We all knew that you had it in you. :D
The Strong, The Beautiful, The DOWN RIGHT BAD ASS! Space Dragons Red. Hard work paying off cannot be better resembled by this crew. Another year with the “top dogs,” our own Space Dragons Red dealt out some hard competition that ANY TEAM can notice. I completely LOVE this metaphor that was used multiple times: Space Dragons Red showed up at the GRAND BALL saying “You know WHAT?! We are here and ready to DANCE! Watch out, dragon boating world, Space Dragons are moving their way up… fast and HARD!”
Just being in Division IA is a success within itself and, on top of that, ROCKIN’ RED’s success was solidified by winning bronze in the 200m Division I race. Heck yeah, Red… HECK. YEAH.
After all the paddling, sweating, and getting sunburned… there is no better way to wind down but with CIRCLE OF LOVE. (newly named CoL) Apparently, this CoL was twice as big as last year… MORE SUCCESS! But, this being my first time at the Circle… HAHA… not TOOO sure what was going on but it was A BUNCH OF FUN! Thanks Brian for all the special beverages (but of course… I have NO idea what that is…) which induced a lot of crazy behavior (*please see side note after paragraph). SUCH AS… POPCORN WARS, and probably the highest number of attempts to give EYEHICKEYS ever witnessed... A lot of fun and a lot of love… and of course, we cannot forget Ripple EFFECT… there probably is no better sister team for the Space Dragons than they are… who paddles and PLAYS just as hard as we do! YAY FOR CIRCLE OF LOVE!
*Just in case anyone forgot… THERE IS FOOTAGE OF CEEZ AND PHIL KISSING!
But you know… it has never just been the paddling and the fun having that makes us, the Space Dragons, who we are. IT’S THE PEOPLE! =]
Someone like Denise who, although was unable to paddle, showed Space Dragon spirit by handling business! Although there should be a whole bunch of more words to truly accommodate with gratitude what she did for us, THANKS DENISE and to those who worked with her to make the tournament outside of paddling possible. (some names: Kat, Marina, Susie)
Someone like Phil (aka Animale) who thought about Tom during our weekend of festivities. By making a poster for everyone to sign and send their wishes to Tom as he is going through a tough time, Phil exemplifies the Space Dragons spirit, by taking care of their own, on or off the race site.
Again, a sister team like Ripple Effect! Every tournament is just that much more SPECIAL when we experience it with the fabulous RFX. Thanks again for the whiteboards… those gifts were GREATLY appreciated!
All of the callers and steersman that SURVIVED yet another STRESSFUL tournament… with all the weird starts… I’m surprised that none of you guys passed out with all the craziness. GOOD JOB!
AND OF COURSE!!!! THANKS TO ALL OUR COACHES AND CAPTAINS THAT KNOW HOW TO GET THINGS DONE! MAKING SPACE DRAGONS THE NAME ON THE BEACH! WE WOULDN’T BE WHERE WE ARE WITHOUT THESE VERY HARDWORKING AND DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS. MUCH LOVE FOR YOU GUYS!!
And because, I am COMPLETELY DENSE to all the background workings that make this tournament possible and successful… THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DESERVE A THANK YOU! YEAH, THAT MEANS YOU!
Some closing remarks: We, the Space Dragons, have such a BRIGHT FUTURE ahead of us. Each tournament that passes by, we find ourselves that much stronger and no one can deny that we are setting ourselves up for that much more success. All the hard work that we all have put in IS paying off.
I, personally, am so grateful for this team. I would not trade my experiences with the Space Dragons for anything! SO! Thanks for reading (or not =[ )
Stay beautiful, Space Dragons…