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Boomerang News #47 - 3-98

Cover BOOMERANG ART by Patrick Cardiff

Cover Caption: Patrick Cardiff of Suncook, New Hampshire makes some of the most beautiful art boomerangs in the world. Prices start at about $60. Pat encourages his customers to send in photographs of their favorite animal, person or theme.

Patrick Cardiff

159 Buck Street

Suncook, NH 03275

News From The: USA

In January, I received a call from an excited Stuart Jones who found a new boomerang in a local kite shop. Stuart's comment's were "Good returns in light winds with a 10 metre range". Actually, Stuart's comment's are an understatement! The editor tried this tri-blader (pictured below) and found it to be the best short range boomerang in it's class. It is made out of a polystyrene plastic with camber and dihedral pressed into the blades. This boomerang is a Windsports (Colorado Boomerangs) product called BiRdZ. You can write and ask for a catalog of Windsports products at:

Windsports, Inc.

407 W. Tomichi Ave.

Gunnison, CO 81230

The Winter issue of Many Happy Returns (MHR) was mailed out in February. The major theme for this issue was boomerang construction with plans for three different models and an excellent article by Dr. Fred Malmberg. My favorite article was about Dogs and Cats who catch boomerangs for sport. BN readers can get a one year subscription to MHR by joining the USBA. The dues for USA and Canadian throwers are $15 ($20 overseas). Send your payment in USD, made out to "USBA" to the following address:


USBA Membership

P. O. Box 182

Delaware, OH 43015


Billionaire John W. Kluge donated more than $5,000,000 in Australian Aboriginal Art to the University of Virginia. The university is trying to figure out where to store the exhibit of 1,570 paintings, carvings, tools and ceremonial artifacts. This collection is known as the Kluge-Ruhe Collection because more than 900 items came from the Edward Ruhe collection. Edward Ruhe, was a professor at the University of Kansas who passed away in 1989. Edward is Ben Ruhe's brother and uncle to Barnaby Ruhe & Larry and Peter Ruhf.

Remember the article about Pat Cardiff in Boomerang News #46? This issue was mailed on 10 February. Upon returning home that evening, there was a message to call Pat Cardiff at a local Ann Arbor phone number! Pat was unaware that I had written an article about him in BN #46. Pat was visiting his fiancee's parents in Ann Arbor. Pat married his fiancee, Holly, on Friday, 13 February, and I was able to meet the couple on two pleasant evenings of boomerang chat before the wedding. I had never held a Cardiff boomerang in my hands prior to this meeting. I couldn't resist purchasing three beauties that Pat had brought with him. Pat is an incredible artist who sells his sculptured works of art at very reasonable prices. Pat encourages his customers to challenge him with photos of animals, people or other themes for him to paint. Before Pat left my home, I commissioned him to paint two boomerangs of Toby, my favorite boomerang catching dog. I will publish photographs of these boomerangs in a future issue of Boomerang News when they are completed.

I found Pat and Holly to be an absolutely charming couple who will brighten up New England events over the next couple of years. After that, Pat and Holly plan to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can write Pat at the address on the cover of this issue.

The boomerang world is suffering the loss of yet another young boomeranger. Brenda Miller, a thrower from Temperance, Michigan, was a hard worker who helped produce several issues of MHR in the 1980s. She also helped tournament directors run several Midwest tournaments. Brenda passed away on 15 January at the age of 34 from complications resulting from Cystic Fibrosis. Contributions in memory of Brenda Miller can be mailed to:


University of Michigan

Cystic Fibrosis Center

P. O. Box 0718

1500 E. Medical Center Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0718


Many thanx to John Flynn for sending us the photograph (below) of Carl Naylor, throwing with Ben Ruhe, John Flynn, Bob Foresi, Eric Darnell and Barnaby Ruhe in the 1980s.

John Flynn of "Active Vermont" has recently issued a 1998 wholesale price list with a large selection of RANGS brand boomerang products that includes plastic booms: Hornet, SuperHook, RadRang and Baby Booma II as well as wooden booms: SurfaRang; Hummingbird, Kookaburra and others. Wood models are either finished in Fluorocolors or have mock inlay decorations. Rangs brand boomerangs have a range of 25 - 50 metres. Active Vermont also carries a line of helmets and accessories. You can contact Active Vermont at the information listed on his new business card, shown above. Free shipping on larger wholesale orders. Call for a 1998 wholesale listing of Rangs boomerang products today.

The Australian Catalogue Company publishes a nifty little booklet titled "The Down Under Guide" which acts as a resource listing for Aussies and Kiwis living in the USA. This 24 page booklet is also available on the internet at The Australian Catalogue Company's web page (BN46; P7). Categories listed in the guide include: boomerangs, other Aussie Product catalogs, Aboriginal fine arts, foods, music (lots of didjeridoo suppliers and performers), social clubs, and more. The guide is free upon request with any catalogue order. To request a catalogue of Australian Catalogue Company products, call (919)-878-8266 or write to:


The Australian Catalogue Co.

7605 Welborn St., Ste. 112

Raleigh, NC 27615


Congratulations to Pat Steigman who was featured in the 2 February edition of "The Tyler Morning Telegraph", a newspaper from Tyler Texas. The focus of the article was about Pat's hobby and the display he put on in the Tyler Public Library (see BN46).

Congratulations to Tom Conally for being featured in the 16 February edition of the "Burlington Times-News" of Burlington, NC. Tom is well known for his "Flying Frog" boomerang products (see BN46 P7).

On 4 February, Dean Kelly found a 1950 vintage, mint condition, cardboard Coca-Cola cross stick boomerang on an internet auction page featuring Coca-Cola memorabilia. There was a minimum bid of $25 on the cross stick. The final bid is not known.

Did anyone see the ad for GT Global in the 19 February edition of The Wall Street Journal. It used the inexpensive red tip plywood commercial boomerang in the ad. Chevron Oil will do a little better. The Company rented several boomerangs from the Max Hoeben collection for a photo shoot in late February. Look for the ad sometime in March.

Steve Conaway has redesigned his Doublers, Jugglers, and added a new Trick Catch boomerang to his catalog. All of these are made of ultra-thin G-10 material. Doublers and Jugglers are $42. The Trick Catch is $21. Also new to the catalog is the Classic Hook and a brand new design called "Xanadu". The Classic Hook (Herb Smith design) is made from G-10 with carbon-fiber and is capable of a range of 60 - 100 metres, depending on tune and thrower. The Price is $40. Xanadu is a very accurate Aussie Round boomerang. It is also made from G-10 with carbon-fiber. This boomerang has unequal arm lengths, differing cord widths and competition airfoils. It achieves 50 meters in extremely calm conditions and yet can handle wind very well. The price of Xanadu is $30.

You can find out more about Aboriginal Steve Boomerang Products by writing to:


Steve Conaway

Aboriginal Steve's Boomerangs

121 Oakdale Ln.

Fillmore, CA 93015


Tom Risher has decided to close the post office box he uses for The Greyford Company. You can still order Greyford boomerangs by writing to Tom's home address. Tom has a few mint condition Gel Boomerangs, (priced $20 - $25) that he will sell to interested parties. Write to:


Tom Risher

11918 Greyford St. Apt. 3

Whittier, CA 90606-2457



Two Aussie teams will compete in the 1998 World Cup. Team 1 will include: David Schummy, Bruce Carter & John Wilson. Bob Burwell, Adam Carroll and Ian Sproul are possible additions. Rob Croll has retired from competition and will not be traveling to the USA in 1998. Team 2 throwers include: Kevin Moran (Capt.), Nick Gottschalk, Craig Carter, Trent Carter & Miles Jorgensen. A third team from North Queensland, headed by Marek Waskiewicz, is also a possibility.

Brother Brian Thomas has found yet another Australian stamp with a boomerang on it. Look on the crest of the Blacktown logo above.

Brother Brian Thomas went to the circus in January for the first time in 50 years and was surprised to find a clown, named Gary Broadbent Brophy, performing with boomerangs. Roger Perry taught Gary to throw in Perth 6 years ago. Gary uses both V-rangs, cross sticks and pin wheels to perform doubling, tripling and on-the-hat catching. Brian was really impressed. The circus act is currently touring in Japan.

At The 9th Annual Blue Mountains Boomerang Championships, held on 9 November 1997, Rob Croll took first places in the following events: Accuracy (39); Aussie Round (68); and MTA (37.17). Peter Lewry took first place in the remaining event: Same Boomerang (39). The Ladies champion was Margaret Patterson. The Junior and Girls Champion was Kellie Lewry.

At the 1998 Seamist Victorian Championships, Rob Croll took first place in Fast Catch (43.46) and Aussie Round (31) in awful weather conditions. Richard Barras took first in Accuracy (22). MTA and Trick Catching were cancelled. Top three overall placings went to: (1) Rob Croll; (2) Bruce Carter; and (3) Richard Barras.

At The 1998 NSW State Championships, held on 1 February, Brother Brian Thomas took first in Accuracy (39) and Same Boomerang (35). Günter Wandtke took firsts in MTA (23.16) and Fast Catch (39.00). Terry Patterson won Aussie Round with 37 points. The top three overalls included: (1) Günter Wandtke; (2) Tony Butz and (3) Brother Brian Thomas. The overall Ladies Champion was Shirley Lewry. The Junior Champion was Michael Lendrum.


Gerhard Bertling sent in graphics (see photo, left) of 3 multi-bladed boomerangs that are manufactured in Russia (top 2) and Taiwan (bottom). The boomerangs are made out of a polypropylene plastic material.


Returning home to British Columbia on 17 February, Canadian snowboard gold medalist Ross Rebagliati was greeted in Vancouver by his Mom ... who was holding a large, traditional Australian boomerang. She explained it was symbolic of his gold medal that left him and then returned. Ross's medal was temporarily yanked because his blood test showed concentrations of Marijuana. The Olympic committee returned the medal because Marijuana is not considered a performance enhancing drug (or is it?).


Robert Uhlig, a technology correspondent from The Daily Telegraph in London is preparing a feature article on building boomerangs for long distance throwing. The Daily Telegraph (readership 2.5 million) holds an annual mass-participation public science experiment in collaboration with the BBC. This year there are plans to beat the Boomerang L/D world record. Hopefully our British readers will keep us informed on the progress of this nationwide boomerang event.

Martin Laslett is a British programmer who has written a boomerang flight simulator, based upon the works of Felix Hess. Unfortunately, his program requires the use of MATLAB, a software computational engine to run the flight simulator. If you have MATLAB on your computer and would like more information about Martin's flight simulator, email Martin at:

Congratulations to Joseph Tyler of London for being awarded U.S. Design Patent # 389,878 for his ornamental indoor boomerang. For more info, write to:


Joseph C. Tyler

60 Effra Court

Brixton Hill

London SW2 1RB

United Kingdom


Jay Butters has won The Old Warden Autumn Throw-In, held on 28 September 1997. Jay took first place overall with wins in Accuracy (34); MTA (33.36 using a Bailey Wind Sailor); and Fast Catch (35.29). Sean Slade won a modified 30 metre Aussie Round event with 58/80 points.

Did any of the readers read the Winter 1998 issue of The BBS Journal? There was an excellent article on "Underhanded Boomerangs" by Bill Rusky, with comments by Richard Harrison, and Jim Nieberding. Plans for lots of boomerangs, including an origami boomerang, as downloaded from the WWW, were included in this excellent issue.


LMI & Fox is a well organized French company that takes the best French/Swiss designs and makes lower cost, high performance plastic replicas. Recently, LMI & Fox procured ownership of the famous Spinback 44 & Spinback 55 boomerangs (pictured below right). These models were originally produced by Jean-Louis Leyrat-Savin of Tomahawk Boomerangs. They were rated highly by American throwers like Carl Naylor and Al Gerhards and are regular products in The Boomerang Man. catalog. With a range of more than 50 metres, the Spinback 55 is an old standby for the Aussie Round event and is still used regularly by throwers who like a heavy omega boomerang with an eye-popping range. The flight is low and very circular and seems to return best in light winds, but this model has good wind resistance as well.

The Spinback 44 is a "U" shape made out of the same (black) glass fibre material as Spinback 55, but with slightly less range. The Spinback 44 is also available in a bright yellow polypropylene material that is less heavy and easier to catch, making it ideal for the less experienced thrower.

LMI & Fox also has a new four bladed Fast Catch trainer (pictured right) called "SkyBlader". It was designed by Yannick Charles and is available in both LH and RH and in polypropylene, glass fibre or carbon fibre materials. The editor sampled a polypropylene RH Skyblader and found it to be extremely easy to catch and plenty fast enough to use in competition for either Endurance or a first (safe) round of Fast Catch, unless you are Adam Ruhf. This boomerang doesn't show it's true potential in an unaltered state. The competition jock will want to buy about a dozen of these and modify them in different ways to accelerate their performance. Imagine what sharper leading edges, narrower chords and wind resistance holes will do to this boomerang in competition? You can find out more about the Skyblader, Spinback 44, Spinback 55 and other LMI & Fox boomerang products by contacting Jean-Louis Orgueil by email at or by writing to the following address:


Jean-Louis Orgueil

LMI & Fox Co.

11 rue de Docteur LaPeyre

32500 Fleurance



Didier Bonin maintains a comprehensive listing of World Records indicating the following:

Michel DuFayard - Long Distance at 149.12 metres


Adam Ruhf - Fast Catch at 14.60 seconds


Adam Ruhf and Yannick Charles - Endurance with 76 catches


Eric Darnell - MTA100 at 104.87 seconds


Moleman - Australian Round with 95 points


Yannick Charles - Maximum Number of Catches at 1251.



Günter Möller is compiling a global listing of boomerangers, who work as teachers. If you are both a teacher and a boomeranger, please send Günter an answer to the following questions:

1: Do you like/make/throw boomerangs?

2: Do you teach in school/College/University?

3: Do you want to be on the list?

Please mail/email Günter your name, age, address, email, profession with title/school to:


Günter Möller

Tapir Sport Boomerangs

Wilhelm - Busch - Straße 28

41541 Dormagen





Pere Vives is not only a Spanish boomerang thrower, but he makes them as well. Pere sent the editor a sample of his traditional model (see below) to review in Boomerang News. This boomerang, called "RANG-BÓ" has an extra wide chord with a 90° angle between the blades. It is made out of a very light (4 ply) plywood. The finish is a rather attractive see-through lacquer that transitions from red on the tips to yellow at the elbow. The flight range is about 25 metres. The boomerang likes to climb high and stay high, losing spin just at the end of the flight because of air drag and low inertial mass properties. This is not an exciting competition product, but it makes a good sports boomerang. If you collect boomerangs from different countries, like I do, you will want to get one for your very own. If you want to find out more about RANG-BÓ boomerang products, email Pere at: or write to:


Pere Vives

Boomerang Club Keno Tse Was-t'ha

Calle Verdaguer,76

08205 Sabadell




Check out Chicago Bob's comprehensive web page with everything relating to the World Cup at Additional details can be found on the web pages: and

All team organizers need to communicate with Tom Fitzgerald . Tom has email at: You can also call (314) 839-1604 or write to:


Tom Fitzgerald

1159 Holly River Dr.

Florissant, MO 63031



The USBA has recently acquired the USBA domain name "". If you have a computer capable of acting as a server for the USBA, please email Tony Brazelton at:

Dallan Reese found a new boomerang web page by boomeranger Jens Krabbe at:

Tibor Horvath has added a web page loaded with photographs and descriptions of Herb Smith boomerangs at:

Pat Steigman found a rather bizarre web page where you use your psychic powers to straighten out a boomerang. If you try really hard, you can do it:

You can still purchase one of those official Canadian Team T-shirts. See details, including a photo at:

LMI Fox has a new web page. The French language web page is at:

The English language web page is at:

Luftikus is a German kite store that has a cardboard cross stick for sale on their web page with a neat animated gif:

Jim Mayfield sent us notice that Colorado Boomerangs has a new web page at:

Make sure that you send David Smith an email message telling him how you like the Colorado Boomerangs web page at:

Barnaby Ruhe now has email at:

Richard Pollock-Nelson has posted a "Contents Page" for the Boomerang News Archives. You can find a link to the Boomerang News archives by going to:

You can find links to all web pages mentioned in this and past issues of BN at:


With the World Cup taking place in late July, a real possibility exists that the USBA Nationals could be held earlier than usual in 1998. American boomerangers who wish to serve on the USBA Board of Directors need to start thinking about their strategies for running for office. Details for both the Nationals and how to get your name on the ballot will most certainly be released by the USBA in the near future. Put together a resume to sell your self to voting USBA members. For those of you who complain the most about the action (or inaction) of the current USBA board of directors, this is your chance to find out how much work being on the board really is.

Bid sheets for the Spring auction will be available in early March 1998. The bid sheet must be returned by 15 April 1998. Notification of winning bids will take place on 1 May 1998. To preview the auction on the WWW, go to:


This publication is produced monthly. Every issue is packed with 8 pages containing all the information you need to stay current in the ever changing world of boomeranging. The distribution of BN currently stands at 158 USA and 72 overseas subscribers. Eight issues of "Boomerang News" costs only $10 in the USA; $12 in Canada and $20 overseas. You can subscribe by sending payment (make check or M.O. out to Ted Bailey) with your name, address & phone number to:


Ted E. Bailey

P. O. Box 6076

Ann Arbor, MI 48106




Boomerang News Calendar of Events

North America

16 May 1998 Toss Across America Betsylew Miale-Gix 425-485-1672 3351 236th St. S.W.; Brier, WA 98036-8421

16 May 1998 MI Toss Across America Norm Kern 810-451-4928 1640 Haynes St.; Birmingham, MI 48009-6819

24 May 1998 Gateway Classic Tom Fitzgerald 314-839-1604 1159 Holly River Dr.; Florissant, MO 63031

19 June 1998 Summer Solstice Throw Norm Kern 810-451-4928 1640 Haynes St.; Birmingham, MI 48009-6819

26 Jul-2 Aug '98 World Cup Championships Tom Fitzgerald 314-839-1604 1159 Holly River Dr.; Florissant, MO 63031

29 August '98 Emmaus Day & Night T1 Dr. Barnaby Ruhe 610-967-3683 4926 S. 5th St.; Emmaus, PA 18049

30 August '98 Emmaus Day & Night T2 Mike Barrett 610-282-4913 5067 Homestead Dr.; Coopersburg, PA 18036

6 Sept. 1998 4th Illinois Classic Comp. Tony Brazelton 217-352-6184 2405 Lawndale Drive; Champaign, IL 61821

13 Sept. 1998 10th Novice Tournament Norm Kern 810-451-4928 1640 Haynes St.; Birmingham, MI 48009-6819

12/13 Sept. '98 2nd Outer Banks Comp. John Koehler 757-437-1185 210 60th St.; Virginia Beach, VA 23451

27 Nov. 1998 Michigan Turkey Toss Norm Kern 810-451-4928 1640 Haynes St.; Birmingham, MI 48009-6819



1 March '98 Central Coast Champs Br. Brian M. Thomas (02) 9369 0675 131 Birrell St; Waverley NSW 2024; Australia

7/8 March '98 Long Distance Comp. Markus Peissard 026/418 2222 Tannenweg 3, 1734 Tentlingen, Switzerland

29 March '98 Eastern Suburbs Champs Br. Brian M. Thomas (02) 9369 0675 131 Birrell St; Waverley NSW 2024; Australia

26 April 1998 Old Warden Spring Throw Edward Cadman 44 (1449) 49 67 15 42 Thurlow Court; Stowmarket; Suffolk IP14 1HZ; UK

26 April 1998 Queensland Regional David Schummy (07) 3849 8164 18 Dalhousie Ct.; Rochedale So.; Qnsd 4123; Australia

2/3 May 1998 First Midlands Comp. Martin Laslett 0121 443 4783 6 All Saints Road; Kingsheath; Birmingham B14 7LL; UK

2/3 May 1998 2nd Bielefelder Maitreff Lothar Haase 49 (5221) 85 50 70 Kattenschling 24; 32049 Herford; Germany

2/3 May 1998 Aussie National Comps. Br. Brian M. Thomas (02) 9369 0675 131 Birrell St; Waverley NSW 2024; Australia

XX May 1998 4th Düren City Champs Heinz-Willi Dammers 49 (2421) 68 00 63 Am Wingert 84; 52355 Düren; Germany

9/10 May 1998 North Germany Comp Jürgen Küster +49 (5741) 12414 Linkestraße 3; 32312 Lübbecke; Germany

23 May 1998 Over 40 Competition Bruno Müller +49 (6232) 70494 Winterheimer Straße 27; 67346 Speyer; Germany

30/31 May 1998 Torneo Nazionale Roma B Maurizio Saba +31 (6) 653 8053 Via del trullo 122; 00148 Roma; Italy

30 M/1 Jun '98 22.nd Amstelveen Comp Erik Leferink +31 (70) 329 7857 Remmersteinstraat 157; NL-2532 AZ Den Haag; Holland

30 M/1 Jun '98 Rennes Team Comp F. Resmond-Richard ??? 99 84 61 48 17, Square A. Fergent, Appt. 93; 35000 Rennes; France

7 June 1998 Oxley Creek Comp. Dean Hopton (07) 3277 7889 33 Chalfont St.; Salisbury 4107; Queensland; Australia

7/8 June 1998 Travemünde Beach Cup Eckhard Mawick +49 (451) 70 51 81 Wakenitzmauer 64; D-23552 Lübeck; Germany

13/14 June '98 9th Torneo Italiano Boom Mario Crescimbeni (39) 45 80 090 80 Via Venturelli, 2; 38128 Verona; Italy

19/21 June '98 1998 AMSBC Heikki Niskanen +358 17 2633211 Tasavallankatu 10 a 1, 70620 KUOPI; Finland

27/28 June '98 British Nationals & Int'l Edward Cadman 44 (1449) 49 67 15 42 Thurlow Court; Stowmarket; Suffolk IP14 1HZ; UK

27/28 June '98 19th German Nationals Eckhard Mawick +49 (451) 70 51 81 Wakenitzmauer 64; D-23552 Lübeck; Germany

11/12 July 1998 1st Aalen Competition Peter Dürr +49 (7963) 1311 Eichenstraße 33; 73486 Adelmannsfelden; Germany

29/30 Aug 1998 DBC Birthday Party Eckhard Mawick +49 (451) 70 51 81 Wakenitzmauer 64; D-23552 Lübeck; Germany

29/31 Aug 1998 Trefriw BBS Competition Jay Butters 44 (1492) 64 10 09 Garmon View; School Hill; Trefriw; N. Wales LL27 0NJ; UK

XX Sept. 1998 7th Berlin Championships Gerhard Bertling +49 (30) 215 3008 Potsdamer Str. 150; 10783 Berlin; Germany

XX Sept. 1998 Old Warden Fall Throw Edward Cadman 44 (1449) 49 67 15 42 Thurlow Court; Stowmarket; Suffolk IP14 1HZ; UK

XX Sept. 1998 Blacktown Championships Peter Lewry +61 (2) 96 22 29 27 12 Burke St.; Blacktown NSW 2148; Australia

19/20 Sept. '98 12th Swiss Nationals Ruedi Salzmann +41 (3441) 11708 Bernstraße 28; 3324 Hindelbank; Switzerland

15 Nov. 1998 Blue Mtn. Championships Br. Brian M. Thomas (02) 9369 0675 131 Birrell St; Waverley NSW 2024; Australia

24/25 July '99 Boomerang Cup Eckhard Mawick +49 (451) 70 51 81 Wakenitzmauer 64; D-23552 Lübeck; Germany

December '99 Int'l Millenium Throw Earl Tutty +64 3 384 5405 17 Truscotts Rd.; Heathcote Valley; Christchurch 2; NZ

2000 World Cup Championships Rob Croll (03) 9887-5085 5 Tyson Ct.; Wantirna South; Victoria 3152; Australia

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