Boat race competition in Padang City has been started since the Dutch colonial government occupied Indonesia. At the time, it was called Selaju sampan (literally means paddling boat). The boats are decorated with colourful ornaments so the paddling boats in the competition will be more attractive. In 1995, Chinese people brought Dragon Boat race Competition around the world including Indonesia. Later on, its development in Indonesia occurs rapidly rather than other countries.
Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang has some distinctions from other similar events in other provinces in Indonesia. Rivers in Padang tend to have broad side, calm water and constant stream. That is why; it is regarded as the right place for such event remembering its comfort offering challenges for the players to achieve the best results.
Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang takes place to commemorate the birthday of Padang City, on August 7th. Recently, Dragon Boat Race Competition takes place at international level. The event is commonly held on first week of August.
Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang has some categories(200 meters race, 250 meters race, 1000 meters race, and 2000 meters race). There are three classes, 10 paddlers, 20 paddlers or 30 paddlers for each team. Here is the race category :
- 800 meters with a paddle 22 (son)
- 800 meters with a paddle 12 (son)
- 800 meters daughter paddle with 2
- 800 meters with 12 paddle daughter
- 800 meters between the unit with 12 paddle
- 800 meter paddle son daughter among nations with 22 paddle
- 800 meters with a mixture of 12 paddle.
Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang takes place in Sporthall of Haji Agus Salim, Padang City. West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Dragon boat race competition area can be accessed by any kind of public transportation via Minangkabau International Airport – Padang City route, around 30 minutes.
Around Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang City you can easily find 4 star hotel.
Rumah Makan Padang are consistently open for you 24 hours.