Video is courtesy of Glenn Mills / GoSwim and FINIS, SwimSwam partner.
Finally, the solution coaches have been looking for – an affordable way for swimmers to practice with a backstroke wedge before championship swim meets. The Backstroke Start Wedge is FINA-compliant and can be used during training and competition as a way for swimmers to get an explosive start without slipping. Unlike expensive automatic devices, Backstroke Start Wedge is manual and can be set up multiple ways to fit all standard starting blocks. Swimmers can also easily adjust the wedge to their desired height through five different settings to optimize their backstroke start.
FINIS worked in collaboration with Vince Harris at WEDG Swim Start Systems (County Cork, Ireland) to develop the FINIS Backstroke Start Wedge. Vince is an Irish engineer and swim dad who began making his own wedges for his daughter’s swim team after learning how expensive they were. He had one goal in mind: to create an affordable alternative that fits all standard blocks.
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FINIS was founded by Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Pablo Morales in 1993. Pablo’s influence as one of the world’s greatest butterfliers led to the development of the Monofin. Thus, our tradition of providing high-quality and creative technical products to the swimming world began. We have worked with an extensive list of coaches and swimmers over the past 23 years to create products that optimize training and competitive performance, resulting in FINIS being regarded today as the Worldwide Leader in Technical Swimming Development.
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