This is the Patent pending RowVista, that allows forward facing rowing.
The blade of the oar rotates automatically into the horizontal position when it moves out of the water. As soon as the oar lifts out of the water it rotates when the handle is pressed downwards. We call this patented system ABR - Automatic Blade Rotation. Rowing is much easier to learn with the RowVista system than with conventional-style rowing because the ABR system ensures an efficient rowing action.