Boomerangs will soon take over Balloon Fiesta Park.
For the first time in 10 years, the World Boomerang Championships are being held in the U.S.
In just a couple of weeks, the world’s top boomerang throwers will compete in the World Boomerang Championships at Balloon Fiesta Park.
“When I got it there and looked at the field it was like a perfect field for our sport — it’s wide and open,” said Tournament Director David Hirsch.
Hirsch said they are expecting about 60 throwers representing 10 countries. Local amateurs said it will be an impressive sight.
“These guys are committed to the sport it’s amazing how good they are,” said Earl Henson.
Throwers compete as teams or as individuals. They’re judged in categories such as accuracy, endurance, distance and even trick catches.
“We have an overall top 10 and those are the people that throw the best-combined score of all the six events,” Hirsch said.
Boomerang enthusiasts said thousands of factors go into making the perfect throw and it’s rare to get it on your first try.
“A lot of people quit because they throw a few times and end up walking miles chasing their boomerangs because it didn’t work. I I think the bottom line is practice and the knowledge of the technique to make it work,” Henson said.
These competitors have had plenty of time to practice. The event only happens every two years.
The competition begins on Saturday, July 21. The tournament is free to the public and free boomerang lessons are offered.