About Us

M.A.D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established under the Metro Asian Cultural Exchange (M.A.C.E). We were established in 1997 as one of the pioneers of dragon boat racing in the United States. Our paddlers have competed all across the world, domestically in cities such as New York, Boston, Washington D.C, Hartford, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, etc and internationally in Hong Kong, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Rome, and Macau. Our members are taught the importance of trust, discipline, and teamwork.

Through the hard work of its members and leadership, M.A.D. has established itself as one of the top dragon boat teams in America. The unique experience of dragon boat and M.A.D in particular captured the attention of many local and international media outlets such as Sing Tao, The World Journal, Newsday, etc. We have also made appearances on television with features in Nickelodeon’s Splash TV and most recently, TLC’s Cake Boss. With a strong foundation to build upon and a bright future ahead of us, we look forward to continued success in promoting the sport of dragon boat and the spirit of M.A.D.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is dragon boat racing?

It's a fun, adrenaline pumping, water sport deeply rooted in chinese culture where teams of up to 20 paddlers (not including a drummer and steersperson) race in  long boats adorned with dragon heads and tails. The races usually cover distances of 250m, 500m, 1000m, and 2000m. 

Why dragon boat?

It's among one of the fastest growing water sports world wide and offers great opportunity to get fit while experiencing asian sporting culture. Dragon boat racing is a great teambuilding activity for corporations, charities, and other organizations.

Do I have to be fit to paddle?

Not at all but it certainly makes the practices a little easier!

MAD prides itself on the supportive atmosphere it builds to encourage its members to excel and push themselves to reach new individual athletic heights.

Please make sure you are healthy enough to participate in strenous physical activity. If you're unsure please check with your health professional.

Do I have to pay to be a part of MAD?

MAD offers new paddlers up to three (3) practices for free during a season to try both the team and sport out. We do ask after the 3rd practice that all active paddlers for the season complete season dues. These dues go towards supporting the clubs operating expenses.
All MAD leadership positions are on a voluntary basis and are non-paid positions.

Is there an age limit?

While we do allow paddlers of any age to participate with us there are some race festivals that require a paddler be at least 16 years of age to compete.

What should I bring to practice?

To get the best experience out of practice we recommend bringing:
2 bottles of water
Sun screen
Workout clothes or clothes you're not afraid of getting wet
Change of clothes
Flip flops

Ready to paddle?

If you've still got questions let us know!

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