In rememberance of fellow CDBA paddlers who have departed too soon. May you bask through tranquil waters in your eternal rest.

Nicholas Tom - February 28, 1991 to June 21, 2015


Nicholas Austin Tom, often called Nick Tom or NT, was born on February 28, 1991 to parents Terry and Gayline Tom. He passed away too soon on June 21, 2015 at the age of 24.

Nicholas was a happy, yet mischievous child, who will be remembered for his energy, genuineness, and huge smile.

He went through the San Francisco public schools, picking up the sport of dragon boat at Galileo High School. He was also heavily involved in the West Portal Performing Arts Program, which he took part in during his elementary, middle, and high school years. The lion dance group was where you would always find him.

Nicholas attended college at the University of California, Irvine with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. In his first year there, he joined the school's dragon boat team, and eventually became the team's president by the time he was a senior.

He has contributed significantly to the dragon boat community in the Bay Area. He joined San Francisco Dragon Warriors right out of college to continue paddling, but very quickly used his talents to coach as well. He gave back to his high school team as well by coaching their practices when he was back in San Francisco.

He is survived by: his parents, Terry and Gayline, and his brothers, Andrew and Austin.

Aditya Kadam - July 17, 1990 to Jan 26, 2014

Aditya Kadam, fondly called Sunny by his family (Aditya means Sun in India), and also known as D.A. in his paddling community the world over, passed away unexpectedly on 26th January 2014, in San Mateo, California.

Aditya was born in India in July 1990 to parents Tejaswi and Sudhir Kadam. Aditya did his schooling in Mountain View, CA (Landels, Graham, and Mountain View High). He was in the school's symphony and marching bands and played the Trigger Trombone. While in high school, he learned Tae Kwon Do and earned his black belt. Simultaneously he took interest in Dragon Boating and participated in MV-DB team (Mountain View Dragon Boating). As he excelled in Dragon Boating and was counted amongst the top California paddlers, he developed a liking for Outrigger Canoe, which allowed him to spend time by himself in the Ocean, away from the rut of daily life.

After his high school internship at NASA, Ames Center, he developed a passion for Aerospace and followed his passion for building UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to attend University of California, San Diego. Aditya graduated from UCSD with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in June 2013. While at UCSD he pursued his passion for Dragon Boat and Outrigger and after participating in several national North American racing competitions, he was selected to be part of Team USA at the World Championship in Milan in 2012. Aditya was preparing for the 2014 ICF World Championship in Poznan, Poland. His blog about his preparation for World Championship in Milan in 2012 can be read at:

DA was the heart, life, and soul of the paddling community and to him his life was in the paddling world on the waters. He was a coach, mentor, and a team player who was loved by everyone. 

Adityas funeral service was held at the Sky Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park located in San Mateo on Friday January 31st, 2014 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. followed by a 10-minute funeral procession leading to the Crematorium. 

Aditya is survived by his parents Sudhir and Tejaswi and sister Swati. The Kadam family would like to thank everyone (the paddling community, his friends, our friends, and our other family members) for the love and support shown to us during the loss of our loved one. Email for condolence messages to the family: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Austin Crisologo - June 28, 1966 to Feb 14, 2009

Austin Cruz "Joy Joy" Crisologo Of Brisbane, nicknamed for the boundless joy he brought to all, born June 28, 1966 in the Philippines, departed Feb 14, 2009, at age 42. Son of educators Remedios Cruz Crisologo and Arturo C. Crisologo, Austin immigrated to San Francisco's Sunset District in 1983 to live with his grandparents, the late Ismael M. Cruz and Felicidad Fernando Cruz. A City College of San Francisco alumnus, he became an ironworker with the Ironworkers Local 377. His strong and skilled hands helped shape notable landmarks including AT&T Park and the new CA Academy of Sciences. He met and fell in love with Lisa "Cat" Grace while pursuing metal as an art in 1989. They married in 1993.

A man of many passions, Austin loved reading, photography and the great outdoors; pursuing hiking, cycling, paddling and running with vigor matched only by his extraordinary physique, earning him another affectionate nickname, "Superman." A tireless dragon boat paddler since 1997, Austin was a founding member of DieselFish and Ripple Effect. He inspired those he met on and off the water. Survived by his loving wife Cat; his mother Remedios; siblings Arturo Jr. and Juliet, Arlene and Enrico, Elsie and Cenon, Alden, Amelia and Rechel, Allan and May, Araceli and Limuel, Allen and Corey and Jim; along with 15 nieces and nephews. Interred at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma. A man of quiet humility and great strength of character, the joy and inspiration he brought to this world shall be his legacy. Forever in our hearts and minds, Austin, you will be dearly missed.