Seattle, Wa and Asahikawa, Japan (PRWEB) June 23, 2006
A spinning stick, thrown into the air, hovers lightly on the breeze where it appears to defy gravity… gliding higher and farther for 10 seconds 20, 30… up to a minute or longer. Orbiting distances of 50 meters and beyond, it gently floats back down to the throwers’ hands for a delicate catch. Bullseye.
Is this a new toy? A motorized aircraft? In fact, it’s the world’s oldest man-made flying device. The boomerang, a 20,000 year old throwing creation will be soaring skyward this summer in world-class competition when the 15th World Boomerang Cup Competition lands in Asahikawa, Japan July 7-15, 2006.
Every two years, the United States Boomerang Association selects the top throwers from across the country to compete for the prestigious World Boomerang Cup. Since the first Cup was held in 1991, American teams have won ten of the fifteen World Boomerang Cup titles overall. It has been Germany, not Australia where boomerangs are legend, that has come out on top on top in two of the last three tournaments, with the United States most recent World Team Cup Championship coming in 2002. This year the USA is fielding a team of 12 throwers divided into two squads of six throwers. Both squads have what it takes to win it all.
The World Boomerang Cup features five core events tested in boomerang competitions. Each event exemplifies various throwing and catching skills.
Trick Catch: Hurling a single boomerang, the thrower must make a series of increasingly difficult catches, first one-handed, then under the legs, behind the back, and even with the feet! Next, when you think it can’t get any more difficult, the throwers must do the same catches while throwing two boomerangs at a time making a different type of catch with each one when they return.
Australian Round (Accuracy, distance and catching): The thrower launches a boomerang traveling up to 50 meters and beyond from the bull’s eye of a giant boomerang dart board, a series of concentric circles laid out on the ground. Points are awarded for the most accurate return, the distance the boomerang flies, and for catching the returning stick. Like a giant game of darts, only in this case the thrower is the target. Throwers make five throws with a total possible score of 100. In over 25 years of competition, no one has ever made a perfect score in this event
Maximum Time Aloft: Ultra light-weight, high tech materials and experimental airfoils enable these special boomerangs to stay in the air ever longer. The longest flight time wins. 18 minutes in is the longest flight on record, thrown and caught by an American from Canton, Ohio!
Fast Catch: The opposite of time aloft, this event tests how fast the thrower can send a boomerang spinning out a minimum of 20 meters to return for a catch five times. In low wind conditions, these boomerangs leave the throwers hands with the speed of a major league fastball. To get the best score, the thrower must make five accurate throws with catches in a row, with the lowest overall time winning. The world record was set by a 16 year old Massachusetts high school baseball pitcher… who made five catches in just 14 seconds!
Accuracy: This unique skill event is the only one where the boomerang is thrown but cannot be touched upon its return! This requires a different throw designed to drop like a stone as close to the middle of the center circle as possible!
In addition to individual events, the World Boomerang Cup features some spectacular team events such as:
Team Super Catch: One team member throws a Maximum Time Aloft ‘rang up over the field while his teammates throw as many fast catch ‘rangs as they can, racking up catches while the floater hovers down to earth. The longer his flight time, the more time they have to throw and catch their speedy low-flying ‘rangs. But beware, the MTA thrower must catch the boomerangs or none of the team’s catches count!
Team Relay: A fast paced relay race, where the teams go head to head, with one member of each team racing thirty meters to the bull’s eye to throw and catch a thirty meter boomerang. After completing his catch, the thrower races back to tag his next teammates’ hand to start another leg of the relay. With all of those team mates running in and out and all of those boomerangs flying it is an amazing event to watch!
Team Australian Round: Two team mates throw from the bull’s eye at the same time, sending out their boomerangs in unison to travel fifty meters out and back, while the throwers must coordinate their dances for their catch! Here is the epitome of team work and communication!
The 2006 United States. Boomerang team
Gregg Snouffer, Delaware, OH
John Flynn, White River Jct, VT
Steve Kavanaugh, Seattle, WA
Casey Larrance, Chicago, IL
Matt Golenor, Nashville, TN
Dan Bower, Seattle, WA
Dan Johnson, WI
Will Gix, Seattle, WA
Betsylew Miale-Gix, Seattle, WA
Richard Bower, Seattle, WA
Billy Brazelton, Seattle, WA
Anthony Moleman, Great Barrington, MA
Wilson Lawrence, Northampton, MA
The U.S Boomerang team enjoys sponsorship from Balance Bar, the makers of energy bars (http://www.balancebar.com) and the Corporation for International Business (CIB) an ATA Carnet Service Provider for USCIB, (http://www.atacarnet.com).
For more information, contact:
West Coast: Betsylew Miale-Gix, 206-682-0300
East Coast: John Flynn 802-296-2158
Midwest: Gregg Snouffer, 740-803-1002
South: Matt Golenor 615-498-1809