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So whether you're building a concrete canoe just for fun, or aspiring to become a power player at the national level, this site is for you!

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About the Chinese Competition

In 2010, 3.29 billion tons of cement was produced worldwide. Of that amount, 1.87 billion tons were produced in China where the largest group of college students in the world major in concrete.

Concrete canoe competitions arose in China as a natural extension of dragon boat competitions that have taken place there annually for more than 20 centuries. China became a member of our international contingent by holding the 1st Chinese Concrete Canoe Competition June 12, 2010 on Cihu Lake in Huangshi City. Huangshi is located in southeastern Hubei province, along the southwestern bank of one of the major bends in the Yangtze River. It is located 100 km south-east of Wuhan which is famous for its cement industries.

Five colleges and universities took part in this commemorative competition. Categories included a design paper, oral presentation, product evaluation, and canoe races. A team from the Wuhan University of Technology won the Championship. 

The second annual Chinese National Concrete Canoe Competition was held in Mianyang City on September 17-19, 2011. The event was organized and hosted by the China Concrete Canoe Competition Committee and co-organized by Mianyang Vocational Technical College as well as Southwest University of Science and Technology. Races took place at Xianhai Lake.  The Southwest University of Science and Technology won the competition.

In 2014, a team from Tongji University in Shanghai competed as an international student group in the ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference in Fresno, CA. As a result, TJU qualified for the U.S. 2014 National Concrete Canoe Competition held in Johnstown, PA.


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2014 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
June 19-21, 2014

Tongji University Qualifies for U.S. National Concrete Canoe Competition

A team from Tongji University (TJU team), located in Shanghai, competed in the 2014 Mid-Pacific Conference Concrete Canoe Competition with their canoe called "Operace." They entered the Conference competition as an international student group and earned the right to compete in the U.S. 2014 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition 


Tongji fielded "Operace" in Fresno, CA.

The 2014 Mid-Pacific Conference was hosted by California State University - Fresno. The University of Nevada, Reno won the competition. Tongji University placed second followed by Sacramento State in third. TJU qualified for the 2014 NCCC under the "Top Five" rule.


"Operace" was on display in Shanghai prior to TJU adding the school and canoe names.

Operace stands for opera race and TJU's theme was based on the Chinese Peking Opera, Lianpu (Opera Faces).


TJU picks up "Operace" in Fresno prior to the Mid-Pac Conference competition.


2011 Chinese National Concrete Canoe Competition - 2nd Competition
Mianyang City, China
September 17-19, 2011

Southwest University of Science and Technology
wins in China

The second annual Chinese National Concrete Canoe Competition was held in Mianyang City on September 17-19, 2011. The event was organized and hosted by the China Concrete Canoe Competition Committee and co-organized by Mianyang Vocational Technical College as well as Southwest University of Science and Technology. Races took place at Xianhai Lake.

        
Huangshi College of Technology paddles their way to victory in the races!

Southwest University of Science and Technology won the overall championship in a field of seven.  Two teams from Huangshi College of Technology won the most awards, including the overall second and third prize, the first prize of menís and womenís 200m races as well as the co-ed 200m race (see photos above).  Mianyang Vocational Technical College won best product, and Wuhan University of Technology (see photo below) won best design paper.


Wuhan University of Technology was the defending champion.

2011 Chinese National Concrete Competition


About Dr. Weiguo Shen

The sport of concrete canoeing was conceived in the United States in 1970 when Clyde Kesler, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, suggested to students in his CE 214, Properties and Behavior of Concrete, class that they might try to build a canoe out of concrete. Word of these doings soon reached nearby Purdue University and, in the true spirit of campus rivalry, plans were hatched to hold the first concrete canoe competition. The event took place May 16, 1971 on the Inland Sea and Professor Kesler became known as the "Father of Concrete Canoeing.".  

In 2005, Dr Weiguo Shen, an associate professor at the Wuhan University of Technology, became a visiting scholar at Northwestern University.  He decided to introduce the concrete canoe race into China after seeing concrete canoe races at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.

Dr. Shen organized the first concrete canoe team in China and encouraged his students to make their first concrete canoes in his laboratory.  In 2009, sponsorship was gleaned from a company that serves as a major consultant to the concrete industry and a concrete canoe exhibition was held in the East Lake of Wuhan City. 

Two groups of students from professor Shen's university took part in the exhibition that attracted over 5,000 spectators, among them delegates from ten other universities.