When Rip Current Sports’ Jose Gallagher invented Dual Boards, a revolutionary swim aid designed to give users instant success in the water, he had elite swimmer Sarah Bofinger at the top of his mind.
Bofinger, who was born with hip dysplasia and underwent seven surgeries for her condition, found solstice in the water and quickly discovered her talent for swimming. As a child, Sarah joined the Fredrick Area Swim Team in Frederick, Maryland. Today she is an accomplished Internationally Classified swimmer.
Most recently, on Saturday, February 12th, she competed in the 2021-22 Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series Meet No.5 in Annapolis where she beat her old 50 yard breaststroke best time by 0.58 seconds. She also defeated her previous 100 yard breaststroke best time by almost 2 seconds. Sarah accredits her latest achievements to Dual Boards.
“I started using the boards for warm up at the end of December, training with them a minimum of 2 times per week,” she said. “With Coach Jose cheering me on, I got faster and faster.”
Sarah explained how Dual Boards helped her create a natural buoyancy in her body that she maintained when swimming the breaststroke.
“When swimming, I could feel it when I pushed down with my hands to grab water. Thanks to training with the boards, my breaststroke, which has been my worst stroke, has become my best!”
Dual Boards are the size of an adult baseball glove and are perfect for any swim level. To use, a swimmer simply places their hand flat on the board under the tubing and adjusts, and they are ready to float, kick, balance and breathe in their preferred position.
As for Sarah Bofinger, she is excited to continue training with the boards and hopes to hit her next goals – swimming even faster than ever.