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The History of Boomerangs 101

Kevin Verbael History of Boomerangs

Contrary to popular belief, the boomerang did not originate in Australia. Historical traces of boomerangs have been found throughout the world. Boomerangs are considered by many to be the earliest "heavier-than-air" flying machines invented by human beings. Australian Aboriginal boomerangs have been found as old as ten thousand years old, but older hunting boomerangs have been discovered throughout Europe. The famed King Tutankhamen of Egypt had an extensive collection of boomerangs over 2000 years ago.

Although historians are not certain of the exact origin of the first boomerang, it is speculated that the boomerang was developed from a flattened throwing stick, used by early hunters. The returning boomerang was most likely discovered by accident by an early hunter trying to fine tune a hunting stick. The modern boomerang is most commonly associated with Australia because it has been preserved in its highest state of development by Australian Aborigines. Since the Australian Aborigines are one of the few cultures in history never to develop a bow and arrow, their heavy dependence on the boomerang for hunting has ensured its preservation.

In Australian culture, there is some confusion as to if boomerangs were used for hunting. There clearly were "throwing sticks" used in aboriginal societies for hunting and some scholars do not think that boomerangs were generally used as a waepon or for hunting. Other scholars note reports of tribes fighting with boomerangs and boomerangs being used tom help start fires, dig in the desert and a range of purposes related to survival in the desert. One can watch this video and see clearly that at least some hunting boomerang uses were developed in aboriginal culture:

 

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The modern boomerang has been refined over time to state of the art boomerang materials such as paxolin and carbon fibre. The use of finnish birch wood has been found to be useful for more durable wooden boomerangs. Aircraft windfoil design programs and Computer Aided Drawing programs are used to optimize flight characteristics. Modern competition boomerangs can stay aloft for up to several minutes time and distances over 200 yards.


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Not tried yet

My grandson won't try it he's afraid of losing it.
Any ideas to keep it from going far.

Incredible Design

I have been making and throwing boomerangs for years, and this design has incredible throwing consistency. This boomerang is perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to throw. I have gotten returns off this rang while throwing from a chair. Jim Mayfield was an expert at designing rangs, and this is one of his best designs. I am still throwing one of his originals from 95’ when it was orange and red. If the rang is in stock, I would recommend buying, as it is frequently sold out most of the year.

10/10 still one of my favorites.

The Next Step

If you have mastered throwing the Aspen (beginner boomerangs), the Alpine makes a great "next step up" boomerang. You will need a little more precision, control and muscle but will be rewarded with further flights that are very impressive. Great boomerang.

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Kilimanjaro Boomerang
Patrick Carrier
Challenging yet excellent

This boomerang requires an arm to throw it but it has some crazy distance. Highly recommend for someone with experience!

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Aspen USA Boomerang
Russell Olgin
Best First Rang

The Aspen is by far the best boomerang for anyone starting out in the sport. I started with the Aspen 20 years ago and progressed through increasingly advanced boomerang including the Jim Mayfield designed Delicate Arch SE. But I always warm up with and continue to throw my Aspen. It is such a fun boomerang that I bought one for my 13 year old son as his first boomerang. Keep throwing, keep growing.

A great indoor 'rang!

These are amazing little flyers. The moderate forward sweep allows you to control mid-flight lay over just enough to fly inside without high ceilings. By modifying the throw speed, release angle and spin, you can really get some cool flights... even with very little arm strength. You can even experiment with adding (very light) weights to the wing tips. An outstanding value; I have a stack of these for turning friends on to the sport.

great gift

I have not seen it....had it sent to my grandson as a birthday gift, he really loves it.

Archive boomerang

My 6 year old son has a blast throwing this boomerang. Works great I would recommend.

Exceeds Expectations

I was impressed with the Seagull boomerang. Smooth controlled flight. Never seen or used a boomerang that was SO easy to use. I hate to tip everyone off because I want more for my family. It is a well made quality product exceeded only by Colorado Boomerang Customer Service.

Great

Just need a bigger open space