Welcome to Boomtown!

aLAcrity Boomerangs is a group of boomerang enthusiasts from Los Angeles. At the moment, it is comprised of three people: Manny (a.k.a. v12aero), phnxhawk and Charles (a.k.a. hey_kuya).

Manny and I (phnxhawk) started this blog to share our interest in boomerangs--throwing and tuning, making our own rangs, as well as unraveling the science behind them. As we continue our journey into the world of boomerangs, we hope to make new friends and to expand our horizons. In this blog, we will post such things as videos from our regular throwing sessions, musings and lessons learned from throwing, and thoughts on making our own rangs.

Manny and I started throwing boomerangs since Spring 2009. It has been a long road as we developed a semblance of technique for throwing 'rangs. Nevertheless, after many a bruised hand or windy day, our fascination with these returning throwing sticks remains undimmed. We most certainly have more to learn about boomerangs, but we'll keep at it as long as we continue to have many happy returns.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hello, world!

--by phnxhawk--

We're well into 2014 already, but we'd like to celebrate it, anyway, with this new video:


The last year was quite busy for all of us.  Nevertheless, we managed to sneak away from the mine last month to meet our new friend Pierre.  He hasn't thrown any boomerangs in years, and he was quite surprised to find out from us that there are, in fact, left-handed and right-handed booms.  To paraphrase his reaction: "You mean to say that it might not have been that the boomerang was broken or that I [a left-hander] just couldn't figure out how to throw it correctly?"

Manny and I have bags bursting with boomerangs, but unfortunately, between the two of us, we have only one boomerang that was carved for southpaws, my left-handed Rainier.  Manny also has a Tri-Fly, which, if I recall correctly, can be twisted as needed to be left- or right-handed.  In any case, Pierre gave them a try and was quite intrigued, but was drawn instead to the challenge of throwing like our friend Gabe.

As you might recall from one of our recent videos, our other friend Gabe has developed his own techniques for throwing left-handed boomerangs with his right.  It was absolutely fascinating to watch Pierre work through the same process on his own.  He was doing so well, in fact, that by the end of the day, he had worked his way up to his first throw-and-catch.  Way to go, Pierre!  (And thanks for taking video for us! Here are a few more pictures from our outing with Pierre to go with the video.)

Speaking of photos...it's not too often that we have someone behind the camera while we're throwing.  Late last year, I had a chance to meet up with Will Watts to throw some boomerangs.  He brought his family along to enjoy such sandy beaches as we have here by LAX, and his wife snapped some great photos.

It was great fun to meet a fellow enthusiast.  I'm definitely looking forward to future opportunities to get together.  By the way, he makes some great-looking boomerangs!  When I get the chance, I'll post some photos of one he gifted to me.

For those of you who are still following our little blog here, thank you again for your patience!  And the same goes for those of you who are just discovering us and wondering, "Just who are these blokes who purport to know a thing or two about these boomerangs"!
"Putting my spin on boomerangs..."