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This replica of the famous Gerhards standard hook was made out of 10 ply 6 mm Birch plywood by Max Hoeben in the late 1970s. Painted with red tips and blue stripes on the upper surface and with a decal that spells out " FLOATER ". The underside is not signed or dated, but it was definitely made by Max. This boomerang is not a floater. However, it is one of the best flying sport boomerangs I have thrown. It is unweighted and it has a flight range of 45+ metres, Very nice condition with only light wear from throwing. A wonderful collectible and a fantastic sport boomerang. Perhaps the best flying replica of a Gerhards hook I have thrown.
Max Hoeben is considered by many to be the father of organized boomerang competition in Europe. Max grew up in Amsterdam, Holland in the years prior to World War II. Max was a close friend of Anne Frank who is well known for her diary as a literary masterpiece. At the beginning of World War II, Max was taken to Germany and forced to work in German factories. He escaped with a friend and made his way back to Holland, only to be recaptured and returned to another forced labor camp. Max escaped a second time and he returned to Holland where he hid out until the end of the war. Max worked many odd jobs after the war. He is a well known Dutch author of mystery novels. In the 1960s, Max worked as a truck driver in Australia and that is where Max learned to make and throw boomerangs.. Max met many of the legendary boomerang throwers in the 1960s and early 1970s. After returning to Holland, Max, and his partner Tonny Van der Gyp, formed the Holland Boomerang Association and invited throwers from all over Europe to participate in the first European tournaments. This happened at the same time that Ben Ruhe was introducing boomerangs to the American public. Max continued to host tournaments throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He also promoted boomerangs on TV and in publications. Max died on 5 December 2001. He is missed by everyone in the boomerang community.