Last week, I went out to work on some breaches off of Kamaole III Beach Park (more like Kamaole III Breach Park). I brought my roommate Chris along to GoPro my attempts for analysis. I asked Mike Shelby, Assistant Women’s Swimming Coach at Bowling Green State University and former 18-24 year-old Masters national record holder in the 50 butterfly, for some feedback. This is what he had to say:
First off, I appreciate you asking my opinion on this.
Secondly, I think this is really cool.
Third, my first thought was the other guy started deeper than you did, which would allow him to get to a higher speed than you did. As a result, he would hit the surface at a higher speed, and probably be able to get out of the water more than you.
Fourth, it might be harder for you to get all the way out of the water because you’re a little heavier than the other dude.
Fifth, I think you’re kicking is fine, maybe get a little deeper, but that might be hard. I’ve never tried doing what you’re doing, but I imagine kicking all the way through the surface (similar to kicking through the breakout in swimming–having that last kick really propel you forward through the surface) is really important to really make sure that you’re maintaining your speed the entire ascension. So, I would work on kicking one last powerful kick as late into the whole thing as possible to ensure that you’re maintaining your speed throughout.
— Eric Teske (@EricTeske) August 16, 2012
What do you guys think? Does this count as a breach? How would you go about getting more height on the exit? Please leave feedback in the comments!