A new underwater sport is sweeping Europe this summer.
Pulled along by a speed boat on a hand held carbon fibre fin with two wings Subwing as its called means you can now swim like a dolphin, turn or roll by just twisting the fin. The trick or skill is to use the speed of the boat which is towing you to perform the underwater gymnastics.
It’s all thanks to a Norwegian who was bored while on holiday.
“We were sailing around the Mediterranean islands, and we didn’t have any boat that could tow water sport products like boards and water skis, so I had to find something else to do. We did a lot of snorkeling and the waters were really clear, so I had this idea to be towed underwater by a boat,” explained Simon Sivertsen the inventor.
As its popularity grows – in Greece for instance 28 sport centres and resorts count Subwing among the sports they are offering – so rules have been introduced. It’s only for those above the age of 10.
One couple have even tried to develop the sport further into “synchronised” Subwing both using the same pair of wings.