This curiously named sport originated in China, as you may have guessed based on the dragon imagery.
The sport is played with two teams – of either ten or twenty competitors – paddling toward the finish line in a dragon boat.
The whole team must work together in perfect harmony in order to get the boat moving in a momentum and ultimately, win. Each team sits in pairs, and a steerer is located at the back of the boat correcting its course.
In dragon boating, teams cover distances of 200m, 500m, 1000m, or 2000m. Much like rowing, dragon boating requires incredible upper body and core strength.
If you think it isn’t a cardio sport, you’re mistaken. Dragon boating isn’t for the faint-hearted, you need to be in peak physical shape if you have any ambition of competitively competing in this sport.