Finswimming. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t until this morning when I turned on the tv and discovered The World Games in progress. I’d never heard of them either. They feature sports that are not included in the Olympic Games — except, I was informed, for break dancing, now called breaking, which will debut as a sport in the Paris 2024 Olympics.
But finswimming was the event that really captured my attention. You’re familiar with the fins that scuba divers wear — a big flipper on each foot. Finswimmers, instead, use a single giant fin, a “monofin,” reminiscent of a porpoise’s tail.
As the swimmers took their marks, I was unsure what to expect but guessed they’d probably be somewhat faster than competitive swimmers not wearing fins. And with that introduction, here’s an example of what I saw: