Swimsuits Legal for 2010

4 01 2010

The new year brings with it all kinds of new laws and this year the sport of swimming is seeing some of its most significant rules ever. The swimsuit wars of 2009 have forced the swimming federation of FINA to impose strict rules regarding the styling and fabrication of swimsuit. Here is a quick rundown of the swimsuit rules for 2010:

Swimsuits must be made of woven materials, no more neoprene wetsuits like the Blueseventy and Jaked or even the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuits.

No zipper back suits, only open back suits.

No swimsuit coverage on the arms or past the knee. Goodbye to the Speedo Legskin swimsuits that have been so popular in the past few years.

No male suits above the waist.

So what swimsuits can you wear in 2010? The clear frontrunner in the 2010 suit war race is the Speedo LZR Elite swimsuit. The LZR Elite features the same LZR Pulse material as the LZR Racer and the Speedo FS-Pro, plus the bonded seams like the LZR Racer. Demand has been high for the Speedo LZR Elite since all of the other suit manufactures will not deliver their new suits until later this year.





Speedo LZR Elite Now In Stock

22 12 2009

The New Speedo LZR Elite Racer swimsuits are now in stock and shipping. D&J Sports Swim Shop has received an early shipment of the Speedo LZR Elite Jammer and LZR Elite Female Kneeskin suits. The early word is that these are fitting great. You should order the same size as the Speedo FS-Pro. We have learned that the latest shipment from Speedo is one of the best fitting racing suits they have ever released. Some swimmers received LZR Elite suits at Juniors earlier this month and the fit was not perfect yet, but now Speedo has got it all figured out. Order your Speedo LZR Elite suit today from D&J Sports.





Speedo Statement about 2010 FINA Swimsuit Ruling

28 07 2009

July 28 2009

Statement pertaining to FINA announcement regarding new rules and regulations for swimwear approval from 2010

The reputation and ongoing success of the sport of swimming is of paramount importance to Speedo. The recent introduction of 100% non-permeable buoyant wetsuits and their impact on performance has cast a shadow over the sport. This has put swimmers in a very compromising position, leading to FINA’s decision today to ban the use of non-permeable fabrics in performance swimsuits from 2010.

As the world’s leading swimwear brand, which has been responsible for every major legal innovation in swimming for 80 years, we support FINA’s role in setting and managing the rules for the sport of swimming. Their decision today is not unexpected as a means of calling a halt to the confusion and controversy that has been created as a result of the introduction by some manufacturers of fully non-permeable buoyant wetsuits for the 13th FINA World Championships, 2009.

Speedo has never sought to compromise the integrity of the sport and has never created a buoyant suit. The Speedo LZR Racer suit was developed after years of intensive research and development in consultation with swimmers, coaches and experts and was fully approved by FINA. The Speedo LZR Racer suit was deliberately designed with 50% exclusive LZR Pulse woven fabric so as to avoid aiding buoyancy in the water.

Speedo believes a return to textile only body suits as per the Melbourne World Championships 2007 would have dealt with the issue. Despite today’s decision to return to jammers for men and open back knee-skin suits for women, Speedo will continue to work with the world’s leading athletes, coaches and experts to develop the most innovative swimwear and equipment. As a forward thinking company, Speedo remains committed to growing the sport of swimming at every level.

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FINA Approved Swimsuit List as of July 1, 2009

3 07 2009
Applicant/
Manufacturer
Type of Swimwear
Adidas TechfitPowerweb S8140602BJ  B85779 full   men
  TechfitPowerweb S8140603BJ B85777SL full   women
  TechfitPowerweb S8140609BJ  B85762 full – knee open back women
  TechfitPowerweb S8140607BJ  B85768 pants – long   men
  TechfitPowerweb S8140606BJ  B85771 pants – short   men
  TechfitPowerweb S8140608BJ  B85765 full open back women
  Hydrofoil F9140004 full   men
  Hydrofoil F9140003 full   women
Agon Sport L.L.C. 2009   full – knee   unisex
  2009   pants – long   men
  2009   pants – short   men
Akron SRL Halifax Allison full   men
  Halifax Buster full   women
  Halifax Ark pants – long   men
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin 2512450 full   men
  Powerskin 2512850 full open back women
  Powerskin 2512550 full zip women
  Powerskin 2710650 pants – long   men
  Powerskin 2906850 classic   women
  Powerskin 2710550 pants – short   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522850 full   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522750 full open back women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522650 full zip women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2786650 full – knee   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522550 full – knee open back women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522450 full – knee zip women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2786250 pants – long   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2786550 pants – short   men
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525650 full   men
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525450 full open back women
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525350 full zip women
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525750 full – knee   men
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525550 full – knee open back women
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2790050 pants – long   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2513850 full   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2514350 full open back women
  Powerskin X-treme 2513950 full zip women
  Powerskin X-treme 2513750 full – knee   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2514450 full – knee open back women
  Powerskin X-treme 2514250 full – knee zip women
  Powerskin X-treme 2731750 pants – long   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2925450 classic   women
  Powerskin X-treme 2737650 pants – short   men
  Powerskin X–Glide   full zipperback men
  Powerskin X–Glide   full zipperback women
  Powerskin X–Glide   full openback women
  Powerskin X-Glide   full zip men
  Powerskin X-Glide   full zip women
  Powerskin X-Glide   pants – long   men
Asics Corporation TIL ALS503(8AAL081) full   women
  TIL ALS505(ALX852) full zipper back women
  TIL AMA503(BASE053) pants – long   men
  TIL AMA502(8AAM071) pants – short   men
  TIL ALS502(8AAL071) pants – short   women
  TIL ALS500(BASE033) classic   women
  TIL ALS504(ALX862) classic zipper back women
  TIL AMA501(BASE043) classic box men
  TIL ALS501(BASE063) classic box women
  TIL – Cloth AMX964-4 full zipper back men
  TIL – Cloth ALX964-5 full strap women
  TIL – Cloth ALX964-6 full zipper back women
  TIL – Cloth AMX964-3 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1087 full   men
  TIL + AMX1087-2 full zipper back men
  TIL + AMX1087 full zipper back men
  TIL + AMX1098 full   women
  TIL + AMX1086 full   women
  TIL + AMX1085 full   women
  TIL + ALX1085-2 full strap women
  TIL + ALX1085 full   women
  TIL + ALX1086 full zipper back women
  TIL + ALX1098 full zipper back women
  TIL + AMX1088 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1088-2 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1088 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1083 classic   women
  TIL + ALX1083 classic   women
  TIL 2009 III OSAM562 full zipper back men
  TIL 2009 III OSAL591 full strap women
  TIL 2009 III OSAL562 full zipper back women
  TIL 2009 III OSAM552 pants – long   men
  TIL 2009 III OSAL601 classic   women
  TIL 2009 IV OSAM562 full zipper back men
  TIL 2009 IV OSAL591 full strap women
  TIL 2009 IV OSAL562 full zipper back women
  TIL 2009 IV OSAM552 pants – long   men
  TIL 2009 IV OSAL601 classic   women
Blueseventy Ltd Nero Seamless Bodyskin full 10 men
  Nero Seamless Kneeskin full – knee 11 men
  Nero 10K Bodyskin full 3 men
  Nero Comp Bodyskin full 1 men
  Nero Open Back Bodyskin full 8 unisex
  Nero Comp Kneeskin full – knee 2 men
  Nero Open Back Kneeskin full – knee 9 unisex
  Nero Legskin pants – long 6 men
  Nero Jammer pants – short 7 men
  Pointzero3+ Long Leg/Calf full 5 men
  Pointzero3+ Kneeskin full – knee men
Descente LTD Aquaforce Panel   full   men
  Aquaforce Panel   full open back women
  Aquaforce Panel   full zip back women
  Aquaforce Panel   full – knee open back women
  Aquaforce Panel   pants – long   men
  Aquaforce Panel   pants – short   men
  Aquaforce Lite   full   men
  Aquaforce Lite   full open back women
  Aquaforce Lite   full zip back women
  Aquaforce Lite   full – knee open back women
  Aquaforce Lite   pants – long   men
  Aquaforce Lite   pants – short   men
  Shin_rev   full   men
  Shin_rev   pants – long   men
  Shin_rev   full open back women
  Shin_rev   full zip back women
  Shin_rev   classic   men
  Shin_rev   full – knee open back women
  Shin_rev   classic   women
  Shin_rev   pants – short   men
  Aile bleue   full   men
  Aile bleue   full zip back women
  Aile bleue   full open back women
  Aile bleue   full – knee open back women
  Aile bleue   pants – long   men
  Aile bleue   pants – short   men
  Aile bleue   classic   women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR81W full open back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR51W full open back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR82W full zip back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR52W full zip back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR17M pants – long   men
  II mar09 ARN – RMR27M pants – long   men
Diana Sport Submarine Cyclone 262M (3193096) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 262M LD (3193033) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 270W LD (3194026) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 272W LD (3194024) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 262M (3193202) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 262M LD (3193098) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 270W (3194111) full closed back women
  Submarine Cyclone 270W LD (3194109) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 272W (3194112) full open back women
  Submarine Cyclone 272W LD (3194110) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 273W (3194113) full open back women
  Submarine Cyclone 263M (3193203) full – knee   men
  Submarine Cyclone 260M (3193200) pants – long   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 232M SA (3193092) full   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 250W SA (3194100) full   women
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 251W SA (3194101) full   women
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 233M SA (3193093) full – knee   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 253W SA (3194103) full – knee   women
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 230M SA (3193090) pants – long   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 252W (3194102) full open  back tanga cut women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 202M (3193072) full   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 210W (3194060) full closed back women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 221W (3194081) full open back women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 203M (3193073) full – knee   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 213W (3194063) full – knee open back women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 200M (3193070) pants – long   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 201M (3193071) pants – short   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 219W (3194069) classic   women
Essenuoto Comet (dragon print) SFW/0026 full   men
  Comet (dragon print) SFW/0073 pants – short   men
  Comet (dragon print) SFW 20037 full   women
  Comet (cyclone print) SFW/0026 full   men
Finis Inc. Amphibian   pants-long   men
  Amphibian ATS8-LTM28 pants – long   men
  Amphibian ATS8-JM28 pants – short   men
  Amphibian Long John ATS8-LJM32 full   men
  Amphibian Long John ATS8-LJF30 full   women
  Amphibian Short John ATS8-SJM31 full – knee   men
  Amphibian Short John ATS8-SJF30 full – knee   women
  Hydrospeed 2 Brief 1.10.131.101.28 classic   men
  Hydrospeed 2 Clipback 1.10.024.101.28 classic   women
  Hydrospeed 2 Jammer 1.10.132.101.28 pants – short   men
  Hydrospeed 2 Race John 1.10.025.101.28 full – knee   women
Footmark Corporation Recobeam 240600-2 full zip men
  Recobeam 240600-3 full zip men
  Recobeam 240607-2 full open back women
  Recobeam 240607-3 full open back women
  Recobeam 240606-2 full zip women
  Recobeam 240606-3 full zip women
  Recobeam 240601-2 pants – long   men
  Recobeam 240601-3 pants – long   men
Jaked SRL J01FL   full   unisex
  J01FS   full   unisex
  J01PL   pants – long    
  J01   full – knee    
  J03   full   unisex
  J03   pants – long   men
Kiwami Kameleon   full – knee   unisex
  Torpedo   full – knee   unisex
Leonian K.K.   PSFM9S3204-1 full open back women
    PSFM9S3204-2 full open back women
    PSFM9S3204-3 full open back women
    PSFM9S3206-1 full zip back women
    PSFM9S3206-2 full zip back women
    PSFM9S3206-3 full zip back women
    PSFM9S3205-1 full – knee open back women
    PSFM9S3205-2 full – knee open back women
    PSFM9S3101-1 full   men
    PSFM9S3101-2 full   men
    PSFM9S3101-3 full   men
    PSFM9S3102-1 pants – long full length spats men
    PSFM9S3102-2 pants – long full length spats men
    PSFM9S3102-3 pants – long full length spats men
Mizuno Corporation Accel Suits   full open back women
  Accel Suits   pants – long   men
  SST 85RB-100 full back is closed by fastener men
  SST 85RB-101 full front is closed by fastener men
  SST 85OB-100 full back is closed by fastener women
  SST 85OB-110 full no fasteners women
  SST 85OB-111 full front is closed by fastener women
  SST 85RB-10009 full   unisex
  SST 85RD-100 pants – short waist is fastened by lace men
  SST 85RC-100 pants – long waist is fastened by lace men
  Water gene 85RB-850 full   men
  Water gene 85OB-850 full back is closed by fastener women
  Water gene 85OB-851 full back is closed by fastener women
  Water gene 85OC-850 full – knee   women
  Water gene 85OD-850 pants – long   women
  Water gene 85RC-850 pants – long long spats men
  Water gene 85RD-850 pants – short half spats men
  BBT 85RB-155 full back is closed by fastener men
  BBT 85RB-156 full back is closed by fastener men
  BBT 85OB-155 full back is closed by fastener women
  BBT 85OB-156 full back is closed by fastener women
  BBT 85RC-155 pants – long waist is fastened by lace men
  BBT 85RC-156 pants – long waist is fastened by lace men
Mosconi Hammer 230730 full   men
  Hammer Med 230940 full – knee   men
  Hammer Fit 230943 full   women
  Hammer Fit 230944 full – knee   women
  Hammer Leg 230941 pants – long   men
  Hammer Jammer 230942 pants – short   men
  Bullet 230901 full   men
  Bullet 230946 full – knee   men
  Bullet Leg 230902 pants – long   men
  Bullet Jammer 230903 pants – short   men
  Bullet Fit 230947 full   women
  Bullet Fit 230948 full – knee   women
  Meerval Med 227473 full – knee   men
  Meerval Long 227474 full   men
  Geep Long 227476 full   women
  Trigger 227193 pants – short   men
  Archer 227128 pants – long   men
  Scale 226653 classic   women
  Hilton 226831 classic   men
  Geep Med 227475 full – knee   women
Okeo SRL Extreme Body Unisex   full   unisex
  Extreme Pant   pants – long   men
Orca RS1   full – knee   men
  RS1   full – knee   women
  RS1 Swimskn   full   men
  RS1 Swimskn   full   men
Orvar/Aquazone USA Renegade female classic cut racer back   classic   women
  Renegade female classic cut zipper back   classic   women
  Renegade female full body   full zip women
  Renegade female full body   full straps women
  Renegade female knee   full – knee   women
  Renegade female knee   full – knee   women
  Renegade male ankle   pants – long   men
  Renegade male full body   full   men
  Renegade male jammer   pants – short   men
  Renegade male knee suit   full – knee   men
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Light   classic   men
  Rocket Light   classic   women
  Rocket Sprinter   full   men
  Rocket Sprinter   full   women
  Rocket Trainer   classic   men
  Rocket Trainer   classic   women
  Rocket 2skin   full   men
Sailfish GmbH Sailfish furious   full – knee   unisex
  Sailfish furious long   full   unisex
Speedo FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05887 full   women
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05889 full   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05892 classic   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05891 pants – short   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05890 pants – long   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05886 full   women
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05885 full – knee   women
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05888 classic   women
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 full   men
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 full   women
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 full – knee   women
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 pants – long   men
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 pants – short   men
  Fastskin Pro 8 008093218 pants – short   men
  Fastskin Pro 8 008133218 full open back women
  Fastskin Pro 8 008153218 classic   women
  Fastskin Pro 8 008143218 full – knee open back women
  Fastskin Pro 8 008053218 full   men
  Fastskin Pro   full   women
  Fastskin Pro   full – knee   women
  Fastskin Pro   full – knee   men
  Fastskin Pro   pants – long   men
  AQUABLADE 8 205157031 classic open back women
  AQUABLADE 10 072 7031 classic   men
  AQUABLADE 8 101077031 pants – short   men
  AQUABLADE   full – knee open back women
  AQUABLADE Bodyskin No Arms   full   women
  AQUABLADE Bodyskin No Arms   full   men
  Fastskin II 8 10227 3797 full   men
  Fastskin II 8 102484759 pants – long   men
  Fastskin II 8 007183798 classic   women
  Fastskin II 8 007194759 full open back women
  Fastskin II 8 102264759 pants – short   men
  Fastskin II 8 20A974759 full – knee open back women
  Fastskin 8 100090001 pants – short   men
  Fastskin 8 100080001 pants – long   men
  Fastskin 8 202230001 full – knee   women
  Fastskin   full open back women
  Fastskin   full   women
  Fastskin   full – knee open back women
  Fastskin   full – knee   men
  Fastskin   classic   men
  Fastskin   full   men
  LZR Racer   full open back women
  LZR Racer Body No Arms   full zipperback women
  LZR Racer   full – knee open back women
  LZR Racer   full   men
  LZR Racer   pants – long   men
  LZR Racer   pants – short   men
  LZR Racer Pro Body No Arms   full   women
  LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker Body   full   women
  LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker Knee Skin   full – knee   women
  LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker   classic   women
  LZR Racer Pro Body No Arms   full   men
  LZR Racer Pro Leg Skin   pants – long   men
  LZR Racer Pro Jammer   pants – short   men
Sports Hig   F-09 full   men
    M-12 pants – long   men
    M-01A pants – long   men
    M-10 pants – long   men
    M-08 pants – long   men
    M-02A  full   men
    F-06 full   women
    F-03A full – knee   women
    F-05 full – knee   women
    M-01 pants – long   men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light   full   men
  Tracer Light   full – knee zipper back men
  Tracer Light   full open back women
  Tracer Light   full – knee open back women
  Tracer Light   classic   women
  Tracer Light   pants – long   men
  Tracer Light   pants – short   men
  Tracer Light   classic   men
  Trace Rise   full   men
  Trace Rise   pants – long   men
  Trace Rise   pants – short   men
  Trace Rise   classic   men
  Trace Rise   full open back women
  Trace Rise   full – knee open back women
  Tracer A7   full   men
  Tracer A7   full – knee zipperback men
  Tracer A7   pants – long   men
  Tracer A7   pants – short   men
  Tracer A7 C   full zipperback men
  Tracer A7   full open back women
  Tracer A7   full – knee open back women
  Tracer A7 Flex – Knee full zipperback unisex
  Tracer A7 OW full zipperback unisex
  Fusion   full – knee open back women
  Fusion   classic   women
  Fusion   pants – long   men
  Fusion   pants – short   men
  Fusion Racer classic   men
  Sayonara F100 full zipperback men
  Sayonara F100 full – knee zipperback men
  B2 F300 full zipperback men
  B4 F102 full aeroback women
  B5 F201 full zipperback women
  B6 F202 full aeroback women
  B7 F301 full zipperback women
  B10 F400 full aeroback unisex
  B11 A14 pants – short   men
  B12 F103 pants – short   men
  B13 F500 pants – short   men
Xterra Wetsuits Speedsuit Velocity RED (1) full   unisex
Yamamotohokosyo Corporation   YH-M-F pants – long long spats men
    YH-M-F2 pants – long long spats men
    YH-M-LONG A full   men
    YH-M-LONG B full   men
    YH-M-LONG X full   men
    YH-L-LONG A full   women
    YH-L-LONG B full   women
    YH-L-LONG X full   women




FINA Ruling on the Speedo LZR Racer

23 05 2009
Speedo LZR Racer Approved by FINA

Speedo LZR Racer Approved by FINA

This statement was released this week by Speedo regarding the LZR Racer FINA ruling.

We are pleased that FINA has announced that the Speedo LZR Racer suit conforms to all FINA rules and regulations and is approved for use in all FINA competition including this year’s World Championships in Rome in July.

The reputation and ongoing success of the sport of swimming is of paramount importance to Speedo and we are pleased that there is clarity for all involved.

Speedo has been a leader in performance swimwear for over 80 years and we will continue to pioneer innovation for swimmers, within FINA rules.





Goggle Straps Causing Drag?

19 03 2009
Mark Sptiz

Mark Spitz – Olympic Gold Medalist

It was not that long ago when Mark Spitz won all of his gold medals wearing only a nylon brief swimsuit. Goggles, swim caps, and even shaving were not necessary to beat his competition. When I say he did not shave, I am not talking about shaving his body down, I am talking about just shaving his mustache. It makes me wonder if I put on a LZR suit, goggles, and a cap — would I be able to beat Spitz?Goggle straps worn outside of the cap add about 2 – 3 per cent drag. So swimmers should always make sure that their goggle strap is inside the cap when they race and not on the outside.The difference in winning and losing a race is now so small that swimmers

Speedo Aqua V Cap

Speedo Aqua V Cap

everywhere are doing anything they can to reduce drag and increase speed. We have seen the difference that caps make and the new Speedo Aqua V cap is the next technological advancement in head wear. By using different densities of silicone, the Speedo Aqua V Cap is not only hydrodynamic, but also remains comfortable and lightweight when being worn. The multi-density design reduces drag 5% by eliminating wrinkles and holding its shape during competition. Speedo has even designed this new swim cap to allow your goggle straps  to become even more hydrodynamic under the cap.

The amount of increase in drag may not seem like a lot, but the small changes in drag have big impacts on ultimate performance. If they didn’t the Speedo LZR wouldn’t have that many world records under its belt already.





The First Step in Regulating the Speedo LZR and Blue Seventy Nero

16 03 2009

 

FINA meet this weekend and drafted the Dubai Charter which is the first step in regulating the controversial swimming suits like the Speedo LZR Racer, TYR Rise, Blue Seventy Nero, and the Aqua Zone Renegade. FINA is laying the ground work for new regulations that will start popping up in the next few months and years to come. The idea is to insure that the sport of swimming remains fair and that the playing field or pool is equal for all swimmers.

 

 

DUBAI CHARTER on FINA requirements for swimwear approval

As the world governing body for aquatic sports, FINA has the authority and responsibility to issue regulations applying to its five disciplines. This includes the determination of the specifications applying to sport equipment. In the context of the discussion in connection with swimsuits development and their alleged impact on sport, FINA reaffirms that it will continue monitoring the evolution of the sport equipment with the main objective of keeping the integrity of the sport.  

In doing so, FINA wishes to recall that the main and core principle is that swimming is a sport essentially based on the physical performance of the athlete. This is the fundament which FINA has and will continue to preserve as its main objective and priority. FINA brings together athletes from around the world to compete on equal conditions and thereby decides the winner by the athlete who is physically the best.  

This does not however imply that swimming, like all other sports, should not integrate the natural progress and improvements in technology where this helps, bettering the conditions under which the athletes compete and optimising their athletic performances. 

FINA also acknowledges the significance of the contributions manufacturers are bringing to the sport at all levels, including to the federations, athletes, coaches and event organisers. This co-operation is essential to continue to develop and remain a major sport worldwide.  In a rapidly evolving world, regulations need to progress as well to address new emerging issues. Before any discussion arose, FINA had initiated a process in view of adapting the equipment regulations. To improve their quality and credibility, FINA has not only consulted the manufacturers but has also sought the support of independent scientific experts of worldwide reputation who will notably assist in the determination of meaningful tests.  

With the support of independent experts, FINA will set up a long term monitoring project with the mid/long term objective to allow an ongoing control on equipment development.  

The FINA Bureau, after considering the conclusion of the meeting with the Swimsuit Manufacturers held in Lausanne (SUI) on February 20, 2009, where the full support from the FINA Athletes, Coaches and Legal Commissions was also received on this matter, has decided to revise the requirements for swimsuit approval with the aim of making them more clear, simple and transparent. 

1. Amendments to existing FINA requirements for swimwear approval (valid until December 31, 2009) 

a. DESIGN: The swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulders nor past the ankles. 

b. MATERIAL:  

  • i. When used, the material shall follow the body shape; 
  • ii. The application of different materials shall not create air trapping effects. 

c. THICKNESS: The material used shall have a maximum thickness of 1 mm. The measurement method is in accordance with ISO Standard 5084 for textiles. 

d. BUOYANCY: The swimsuit shall not have a buoyancy effect of more than 1 Newton (100 gr). 

  • The value to be observed applies to all swimsuits sizes. 

e. CONTROL: FINA has established its own independent control/testing programme. Scientific testing on thickness and buoyancy will be conducted by a neutral team led by Prof. Jan-Anders Manson, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology. 

f. CONSTRUCTION: Any system providing external stimulation or influence of any form (e.g. pain reduction, chemical/medical substance release, electro-stimulation, or others) is prohibited. 

g. CUSTOMISATION: All swimsuits of an approved model must be constructed in an identical fashion with no variation/modification for individual swimmers from the samples submitted for approval. Any modification before use is prohibited; it is clarified that an adaptation of size does not constitute customisation.  

h. USE: The swimmer can only wear one swimsuit (FINA Rule GR 5.3). 

i. SWIMSUITS TO BE SUBMITTED: All swimsuits to be used during the period of application shall be submitted, even if previously approved. The only submission deadline under these rules is March 31, 2009. 

j. APPROVAL: Approvals issued under these rules remain valid until December 31, 2009. Manufacturers must indicate the approval on the product in use through a method to be implemented by FINA. The purpose is to check that the swimsuits used in competition are approved models.  

In addition to the amendments valid until December 31, 2009, the FINA Bureau approved the following: 

2. FINA requirements for swimwear approval (valid from January 1, 2010) 

a. SWIMWEAR SUBJECT TO APPROVAL: Any swimwear used in FINA competitions and Olympic Games shall comply with these new rules and shall be a model approved by FINA in accordance with these new procedures. It is further clarified that results achieved in other competitions may only be recognised as world records by FINA if approved swimwear has been used. 

b. PERMEABILITY: In addition to the thickness and buoyancy scientific independent tests already included in the previous requirements, FINA will define the use of non-permeable materials based on a ‘permeability value’ test. The non-permeable material can only be used for a maximum 50% of the total surface of the swimsuit for full-body models. For these models, the maximum surface of non-permeable material to be used on the upper and lower part of the swimsuit shall be respectively 25% on each part. Non-permeable material shall be distinguishable.  

c. SUBMISSION DATES: The first submission deadline under these rules is November 1, 2009, followed by a submission on August 1 every year (example: August 1, 2010; August 1, 2011). Submission to approval 12 months in advance of the forthcoming FINA World Championships or Olympic Games. Moreover, the approved model shall be available on the market at least 6 months prior to the forthcoming FINA World Championships or Olympic Games. 

d. LIST OF APPROVED MODELS: FINA will publish a list of approved models. The publication is without prejudice to the fact that criteria and conditions of approval must be effectively met by products in use.  

e. APPLICATION: These new rules are applicable from October 1, 2009. They are applied to swimwear to be used in competition from January 1, 2010. Further amendments, if necessary, shall be issued by the FINA Bureau.  

3. FINA Monitoring Programme on swimwear

FINA will continue monitoring the evolution of the sports equipment and watch innovations in shape, material and other elements which may need to be addressed. 

FINA will consult with its National Federations, its Athletes, Coaches and Legal Commissions, Swimming Committee and manufacturers on any further developments in this respect. 

FINA will consolidate the independent scientific support from Jan-Anders Manson and his team, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology.





Blue Seventy Legskins Now Available

26 02 2009

 Blue Seventy has a brand new style of their popular Nero Comp swimsuits, it is the male Blue Seventy Nero Legskin. The new legskin swimsuit is made of the same Yamamoto SCS fabric with hydrophobic skin and a drag coefficient of only 0.032 (over 50 times lower than skin), that reduces friction drag through the water. Helix technology improves fit and allows for a better swim stroke. This might possibly be the fastest legskin swimsuit now on the market. For the price it is a great bargain when compared to the Speedo LRZ Legskin. Men’s swimming times are sure to continue to drop with the addition of the new Blueseventy Nero Legskin. Get your Blue Seventy leg swimsuit today at D&J Sports.





Performance Enhancing Suits

23 02 2009

With the first female world record of 2009 now in the books, questions are in the air as to when or if FINA will step in soon to make a ruling. Sakai Shiho, of Japan, is the first female to break a world swimming record in 2009. In the 100m back at the Japan Open, she set a short-course record of 56.15 seconds. The previous mark of 56.51 set by Natalie Coughlin of the United States.

There is no question that swimsuits like the Speedo LZR and the Blue Seventy Nero Swimskin have enhanced performance. The critical issues are the fabric and the testing procedures to be performed by FINA. It remains to be seen if any rules will be changed and when they would go into effect, some new rules may not go in effect until 2010. Below is the FINA statement from February 20, 2009:

The FINA statement:

FINA, represented by its Executive and Technical Swimming Commission, Legal, Coaches and Athletes Commissions’ representatives, held today a meeting in Lausanne (SUI) with representatives of 16 swimwear manufacturers in order to examine amendments of the current ‘FINA Requirements for Swimwear Approval’. 

Based on FINA’s proposals and contributions discussed at the meeting, the FINA Bureau at its meeting on March 12-14, 2009 in Dubai (UAE) will consider amendments which include:

  • DESIGN: The swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulders nor past the ankles;
  • MATERIAL – The material used shall have a maximum thickness of 1mm; When used, the material shall follow the body shape; The application of different materials shall not create air trapping effects;
  • BUOYANCY: The swimsuit shall not have a buoyancy effect of more than 1 Newton (100gr);
  • CONSTRUCTION:Any system providing external stimulation or influence of any form (e.g. pain reduction, chemical/medical substance release, electro-stimulation) is prohibited;
  • CUSTOMISATION: All swimsuits of an approved model must be constructed in an identical fashion with no variation/modification for individual swimmers from the samples submitted for approval;
  • USE: The swimmer can only wear one swimsuit at a time;
  • CONTROL: FINA will establish its own independent control/testing programme. Scientific testing will be conducted by a team led by Prof. Jan-Anders Manson, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology;
  • APPROVAL: Swimwear manufacturers will be able to make submissions for approval of swimsuits until March 31, 2009. 

In a further step, rules applicable from January 1, 2010 will also be examined by the Bureau.

One of the main aspects to be considered is the limitation of the use of non-permeable material.

 “FINA has studied this matter very carefully, and together with all interested parties and the scientific expertise of EPFL, we have reached the best possible result. With these amendments, FINA shows that it continues to monitor the evolution of the sport’s equipment with the main objective of keeping the integrity of sport. While we need to remain open to evolution, the most important factors must be the athletes’ preparation and physical condition on achieving their performances” – FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui, Feb 20, 2009.

END of statement.





Blue Seventy Avaliable Soon

20 02 2009

The most popular swimsuit of the short course championship season is almost completely sold out. The new Blue Seventy Nero swimsuit has been sold at a phenomenal rate this month and only a few odd sizes remain on the shelves of a few swim shops. The performance of the Blue Seventy Nero Swimskin racing suit has helped propel it to the top right along side of the Speedo LZR Racer and the TYR Tracer Rise. The Speedo LZR Racer has been selling out and delivery is taking longer for Speedo USA since there is only one factory supplying the whole world with the LZR. The lower price of the Nero Swimskin and delivery problems with Speedo have certainly helped Blue Seventy sell more suits this season. Blue Seventy is expecting to start shipping more Nero swimsuits at the end of the month so swim shops like D&J Sports will have BlueSeventy suits in stock during the first week of March. Just in time for the last couple rounds of championship swim meets.








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