The Zamboanga Aquarockets are a competitive youth dragon boat team comprised primarily of students from Franklin High School. We are a Franklin High School club sport open to all FHS students as well as students from other local high schools.
Officially founded in 1998, we have a storied history as the longest continuously running high school team in Portland, and have won multiple gold medals in various races along the west coast, and have even qualified for Worlds! These highly competitive junior paddlers are hungry for gold again in the 2017 Portland races and beyond!
Dragon boat racing is great way to be part of a team, be outdoors and have fun! Joining the AquaRockets is a great way to join a community and have fun practicing and competing in races around the west coast.
"Paddling is not only a great way to stay fit, but it is also a wonderful community full of enthusiastic and supportive teammates!" - Anna
"I like paddling because it’s a sport that includes everyone and lets each person play an important role in winning, unlike a lot of team sports where there’s competition within the team and only a certain type of person can be a part of it." -Berkeley
"Winning races with all your teammates on the water is one of the best parts of paddling!" -Allia
"Paddling is great because every person matters on the team. When you compete you compete as a team, and everyone is involved at every moment." -Emmett
Interested in joining the team?
Dragon boating is a team paddling sport, where 20 co-ed athletes paddle a long canoe-like boat competitively. The Aquarockets have consistently done very well, competing in both junior and adult competitions. Most recently we won the Junior Division at the Portland Dragon Boat Festival and came in 11th out of 39 in the adult division. Every year we go to Vancouver Canada for a race against the best youth teams in North America where we have consistently placed in the A division.
The Aquarockets have a very supportive, tight knit community and we’re always looking for new members. We welcome new paddlers throughout the season, no experience necessary.