Hello from the Head Paddler
My name is Mo Nelson and I'm happy you are here! LBC Paddling is a celebration of the fabulous paddling journey I'm on. Lucky for me I can do it in my favorite city - Long Beach, California.
The last few years I've been a busy entrepreneur - working many long hours. The problem is I've done a poor job of making time for fitness or my health. So what happens when you ignore it? My health went sideways and it forced me to reevaluate how I was living my life.
I've always been the type of person that loves a challenge. I needed to find one that would push me physically... to get healthy and fit again. My friend Eric told me about the Adaptive Fusion Dragon Boat Team he was a member of. He invited me to their friends and family day to try it out.
I went to a couple practices and I was hooked! The combination of being on the water, pushing myself physically and becoming a part of a team has been an amazing experience. What makes our team special is it's made up of blind, deaf and hearing/sighted paddlers. My teammates are not only inspiring, but are also very welcoming and supportive. I now have a reason to get healthier that goes beyond just myself - I'm doing it for the team too.
The next step was buying my dragon boat paddling gear. What a hassle! I didn't find any good sources for getting everything I needed. I thought at the time, hmmm... maybe I should create an online store myself to solve this problem (I'm an ecommerce consultant and coach others on how to do this).
Then I learned that our team had qualified to paddle in the 2020 Dragon Boat World Crew Championships in France, but the team needed funding to make it happen. I'm not good at the traditional ways of fundraising, but I do know ecommerce so LBC Paddling was born!
Part of the profits from every LBC Paddling purchase will be donated to the Long Beach Adaptive Fusion Dragon Boat Team so that our team can paddle in the 2020 Dragon Boat World Crew Championships in France.
I'm so grateful for this new journey. I hope you will join me.
Smile + Paddles Up,