Chris - read more about BalancePoint Oar Handles on the following link:http://www.powerathletics.com/projects.htmlVery best, Göran
Chris,They are even weirder than you thought. Have a look at this.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8fLAA3kBjcI'm sure that the sentiment is good i.e. reduce the twisting of the back and torso that sweep oar rowing imposes, but then that's what sculling is for isn't it.According to Power Athletics they have been banned by FISA, so you'll be unlikely to see any in use.Best wishesGeoff
Of course FISA banned them, that's what FISA does. They would be interesting to try, though. Do the claimed advantages outweigh the cost and complexity?
Imagine catching a crab with this thing...
Seamus Woods of Balance Point Oar Handles emailed:The handles were banned by FISA, so production was stopped. There are a few used ones around, but since they can't be used in competition (and there aren't many sweep rowersforpleasure) we froze the project. They aren't actually all that complex -- just a pivoting handle on the load axis of the oar -- so if you just relax the shoulders and pull, the oar locks right in. Feathering is simple too, but I doubt I'd convince you of that in an email.Regards,-Seamus
I suspect you have to try these things before you can truly appreciate what they are about. An interesting idea though.
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