FINIS Creates New Backstroke Start Wedge

FINIS Backstroke Wedge - An affordable alternative that fits all standard blocks

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FINIS, Inc., the worldwide leader in technical swim products, is back at it again! This time FINIS is here to talk about how they can save coaches TIME and MONEY with their new Backstroke Start Wedge.

For the development of the Backstroke Start Wedge, FINIS worked in collaboration with Vince Harris at WEDG Swim Start Systems (County Cork, Ireland). Vince is an Irish engineer and swim dad who began making wedges for his daughter’s swim team after learning how expensive they were. He had one goal in mind: to create an affordable alternative that fits all standard blocks. If you know FINIS, you’ve already connected the dots and know that FINIS loved the concept and jumped at the chance to collaborate. With the addition of FINIS’ high-quality design elements, the team is ready to share the Backstroke Start Wedge with swimmers and coaches around the world.


The FINIS Backstroke Start Wedge is FINA-compliant (FR 2.10) and can be used during training and competition as a way for swimmers to get an explosive start without slipping.


What else does #TeamFINIS love about the Backstroke Start Wedge?

  1. It is SIMPLE! This manual system can be set up in under 2 minutes, saving coaches valuable practice time.
  2. It is AFFORDABLE. Finally a solution coaches have been looking for—and it’s about one-fifth the price of automatic wedge systems.
  3. It fits ALL standard starting blocks. We understand starting blocks are unique, and we have you covered! If you’re unsure about your block, drop FINIS a note at or call (925) 454-0111.


About FINIS, Inc.

John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Pablo Morales founded FINIS in Northern California in 1993 with a mission to simplify swimming for athletes, coaches, beginners and lifelong swimmers around the world. Today, FINIS fulfills that mission through innovation, high quality products and a commitment to education. FINIS products are currently available in over 80 countries. With a focus on innovation and the fine details of swimming, FINIS will continue to develop products that help more people enjoy the water.

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  1. Valerie Ruth

    Cathy, we need these!

  2. Askar Amirkhanov

    250 долларов. Не многовато?

    • Heather Butler

      Yep, They used wedges at the Trials.

  3. Lin Tozer

    We made our own 18 montbs ago and bave been using tbem ever since. Look just like these … almost …

  4. Melle Ann

    Christopher Newman, this is what I was talking about.