The Wasabi Paddling Club, founded in 1993, it now has over 300 active members.Website
Our paddlers come from all ages and stages of life. Our teams are comprised of all abilities and physical fitness levels. There is a team for everyone, from the novice paddler who is just learning the basics, to the most competitive athlete who races at international venues around the world.
Wasabi teams range from recreational to competitive. We are an inclusive Club welcoming all paddlers. Regardless of your age, experience, or gender identity, we all have one thing in common, we find great joy in being on the water with one another.
Burn is a premier mixed gender team consisting of a vast array of athletes who compete locally, nationally and internationally. Competitive paddlers of any age over 18 can paddle with Burn. Year round on-water practices are fairly intense, focusing on both technique and endurance conditioning.
Thunder is a mixed gender team of athletes aged 50+, who compete locally, nationally and internationally. We train to challenge ourselves physically and mentally, and welcome both new and experienced 50+ paddlers to join in the camaraderie.
Kraken is the Wasabi Paddling Club's high school team, and is open to teens from all area high schools. Paddlers are under the age of 19, and support their team mates in learning important life skills on and off the boat while having fun. Team Kraken has proudly competed locally, nationally and internationally.
Wasabi SOAR is a team of cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to promoting the fun, camaraderie, passion and health benefits of dragon boat racing. SOAR welcomes paddlers of all ages and fitness levels, and races in Women's division. We love to participate in specialty cancer survivor races. SOAR members are active in the community, supporting various causes and outreach toward cancer research and prevention.
VIP is an acronym for Visually Impaired Paddlers. The team was formed within Wasabi Paddling Club in 2013. VIP is a mixed gender team including adults of any age. Vision challenges with the VIP team range from low vision (legally blind) to completely blind. A handful of fully sighted team members round out the crew to help safely navigate practices on the Willamette River and race venues. VIP team members primarily train and race in dragon boats, but also train and race in six person outrigger canoes. The team competes throughout our region, and has qualified to paddle internationally.
Wasabi Women’s Program (Force and Impact)
The Wasabi Women's Program (WWP) consists of 3 teams - Force, Impact, and Power. We are an inclusive program providing a competitive paddling experience for all ages. Team members train and race in dragon boats as well as outrigger canoes. We regularly compete locally, nationally, and internationally, and represent Wasabi Paddling Club at Club Crew World Championships and on Team USA for Nations Cup world competitions. People who love to race, train, have a passion for paddling together, and want to raise their level of fitness, are encouraged to join WWP.