In just three years, the Dumaguete Dragon Boat Challenge has attracted 23 teams from around the Philippines, a testament to its excellent reputation and the enthusiasm of the local population.

City Tourism Officer Jacqueline V. Antonio lauded the all-out support of the city government led by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Jonne Go of the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation to its steady growth from just 8 teams in 2017 to 23 teams this year.

Although each team can spend hundreds of thousands of pesos for transportation, logistics and other expenses in the tournament without substantial cash prizes, yet the avid paddlers do it for passion and their advocacy for coastal protection.
Among the teams participating this year are: Team Hilera of Dumaguete City; San Jose Banatti of San Jose Negros Oriental; UMAGU of Dumaguete City; Cebu Fireblade Dragonboat Club; Nagabugsay Dragonboat Racing team of Naga City; Kujaw Tiger Dragon A and B of Cortes, Surigao del Sur; Bugsok (MDP) of Dumaguete City; Black Manta Warriors Dragon Boat Club of Cebu; Cebu Poseidon; Bagsik Dragonboat Team of Tacloban; Dragons del Sur dragonboat, Davao; Boracay Dragonforce of Malay; Silliman University Dragons; Calindagan Twin Paddlers of Dumaguete City; Seahawks PH Dragonboat of Manila; Boracay Allstars of Malay; Negros Maritime Paddlers of Dumaguete; Sugbu Mighty Dragons of Cebu; Mizuchi Paddlers of Dumaguete; Tinago Born Free Paddlers of Dumaguete; Ricspeed Dragon Boat Team of Davao and Hotel Essencia Yellowfins of Dumaguete.