Monday, December 28, 2009

Cool But Freaky Shark Attack Wetsuit Print

I found the shark attack wet suit print on, thanks to SwimNetwork’s link to the 10 Coolest Places To Swim found on the same site.

The wetsuits are made by Amsterdam art and design studio … by diddo. This edgy studio also makes designer gas masks and weapon jewelry.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Up Close And Personal With The Speedo LZR Racer Elite (Detail Photos)

speedo lzr racer elite box

The package looks like a matchbox, you push in one one side and the inner box slides out the other end.

speedo lzr racer elite waistband

The waistband on this jammer is very tough, almost “hard,” but feels very secure.

speedo lzr racer elite legs

The grippy section on the inside of the leg is nothing new, but I hadn’t seen it up close on the Elite yet.

speedo lzr racer elite barcode

This FINA barcode on the left butt must be a proof of approval that officials can scan! Never seen anything like this before.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Why Your Last Goal-Setting Attempt Failed Miserably: Explore Different Goal Strategies In 2010

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Gold Medalist Dan Ketchum Coaching High School In Cincinnati

dan ketchum

Local swimming hero, Dan Ketchum, has returned to the swimming scene in a coaching role at Loveland High School. As a former state champion, NCAA champion, and Olympic gold medalist, Ketchum brings the personal experience of an elite level swimmer to his new coaching job.

From an article on found via @GoSwim, Ketchum says that he has learned how to get swimmers to operate as a team rather than a group of individuals. And although Loveland is not known as a swimming powerhouse, Ketchum plans on making some changes (source).

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lunocet: The Monofin Fused With Cycling Shoes

lunocet monofin

A while ago, I blogged about the Lunocet – a monofin fused with cycling shoes with a biometric design to increase efficiency of movement in underwater dolphin kick for SCUBA divers and snorkelers.

According to the manufacturer’s website, the fin helped swimmers reach speeds of 8 miles/hour underwater! A short term goal of the developers is to reach ‘true breach’ allowing a diver to dolphin-jump all the way out of the water. To do this, a swimmer would need to break the lofty 10 mph threshold.

I recently checked-up on the Lunocet to see if there were new developments since I last visited the site. I found several versions of the monofin, all with the flexibility and secure mounting of cycling shoes. I also found the following video of Lunocet testing:

This diver doesn’t use a traditional tight streamline, but has his hands apart in front of him. I wonder what kind of serious speeds a world class competitive swimmer could reach in a speedsuit and Lunocet fin! More importantly, if they wore a full body Jaked with this fin, would they be able to blend in with a pod of dolphins?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Phelps Post-Duel Interview With James Hickman, Comments On Speedo LZR Racer Elite

JH: How important are your new Speedo LZR Racer Elite jammers?

MP: You know I think it’s- for me, I’ve only worn Speedo and you know, that’s how it’s gonna be for the rest of my career. But you know I think, I’m excited to have it, you know, back to a level playing field where we’re all wearing the same suits, we all have the same rules and stipulations to follow.

MP: And, you know it’s, I’m comfortable in a jammer, I always have been, I’ve still worn jammers over the last couple years – so you know this is something that’s not new to me. I think it’s good because you actually get to see who wants to work hard and who’s willing to put more time and more energy and effort into being in better shape, and I think that’s what you’re gonna have to do if you want to continue to succeed.

Click here for the rest of the interview with Michael Phelps.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Weird Fish With Transparent Head National Geographic
> Phelps swims first strokes en route to London 2012 The Star Online
> Michael Phelps going to great lengths still in search of the impossible Times Online
> Favourite sporting memories of the Noughties Sydney Morning Herald
> 20 Question Tuesday with Nick Thoman: The Need for Speed
> Swimming one of the four disciplines of the Olympic sport Aquatics London 2012
> Mom Tweets After Son Drowns, Spark Uproar The Huffington Post
> Join the discussion: AI Connect Aquatics International

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inventory Scavenger Hunt: USMS Car HoodWare

I decided to take my camera phone on a little scavenger hunt to see what obscure in-stock items I could dig up in the warehouse. Today I found something called a USMS Car Hoodware.

I’ve never seen one of these up close before, but it looks like one of those oval car magnets except it’s made of hard plastic and comes with a flexible mounting system. It looks best on either the front grille or covering the trailer hitch on your car. These USMS logo car mounts were made specially for Kast-A-Way Swimwear by a company called HoodWare.

Item: USMS Car HoodWare
Retail: $19.95
Available Online: Yes

I’ll keep an eye out for more obscure in-stock items. This is kinda fun, I might turn it into a regular feature on the blog – there’s certainly no shortage of warehouse space in need of exploring.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Press Release: TYR Introduces Newest Technical Suits In Tracer Line- The B-Series And C-Series

I just got this press release in my inbox this morning. I thought I’d post it immediately and then look around for some photos:

Huntington Beach, CA

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Duel In The Pool (Slaughter In The Water) Results

As pointed out by Gold Medal Mel, Eric Shanteau’s tweet renaming the Duel in the Pool the ‘Slaughter in the Water’ emphasizes the convincing USA win over the European E-Stars. The final scores give you some idea of the spread: Team USA women took the E-Stars with a final score of 90-41, while the men’s meet ended with a 95-37 USA victory. The combined score of 185-78 shows Team USA’s undeniable dominance.

More impressive than the scores, however, are the times, records, and splits that Team USA clocked in the final tech suit meet ever. Check out the full results here (PDF), and analysis by Swimming World Magazine.

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