Martin from Zurich sent us this and I have decided to cover this sport at the new site I am building. So what is finswimming?
[...]Martin put up an ad hoc gallery at Flickr.com; here is an image from that gallery. Can you figure out which swimmer false started?
Invented for use by the Russian Special Forces, a mono-fin was first strapped onto the feet of swimmers in order to allow them to move more quickly in the water while keeping their hands free. The military invention led to an interesting discovery. The easiest and most natural stroke to use while wearing a fin is the Dolphin Kick. The Dolphin Kick requires snaking the body in exactly the same way as the mammal from which the name was taken. The combination of the two allows you to swim extremely fast, faster than any other method before it.
A bi-annual World championship was started in 1962 and the sport was recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1986 where it has been staged as an exhibition sport ever since. Today, Fin Swimmers beat even the fastest free-style or butterfly Olympic times by over three seconds on a 100 meter race. The sensations are incredible and the swimmers claim that they are literally flying through the water. They don’t swim as much to beat records as for the thrilling sensation of speed.
Here is a list of finswimming sites:
Martin's gallery at Flickr: [Link]
All Fin Swimming blog: [Link]
Fin City: [Link]