from Kenny Barr – 2014 US world endurance champion
“Endurance is a grueling event. Here’s some things to remember to help you out. The first thing you can do to improve your endurance round is to stay in shape. You have to be able to survive the 5 minutes, so maintain your stamina with a high impact cardio workout. When you’re first starting out with endurance stay within your means, especially in high winds. Don’t try to throw a boomerang that’s too fast for your ability. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. If the boomerang passes you up or grounds out you’ll lose a lot of energy running after it, then back to the bulls eye. Accuracy is key. The less you run around the easier your round will be. When I practice for endurance I like to find a song that is longer than 5 minutes to listen to while I throw. This will allow you to time yourself and get you used to throwing for a long time. In competition you’ll think, “Times up already?” instead of, “Am I done yet?”. Try to beat your own personal best score to help you improve at your own pace. For more experienced throwers, practice your transitions from the catching to throwing. If you’re dialed in, try catching with your arms extended and feet already pointed toward where you’re throwing. This will allow you to just turn and throw. If you can shave off a half second every transition it will really add up over the 5 minute round.”

from Brian Wissner, USBA Board Member and US Team member:
“Bring a few reliable backup boomerangs into the center circle with you in case the wind conditions unexpectedly change, your boomerang breaks or you have difficulties getting one to work properly. In higher wind take an extra second or two getting an accurate wind direction reading to effectively execute a good throw and minimizing running around or possibly dropping a potential catch. Ensure your boomerang is forgiving and will not fly over your head if an unexpected gust of wind hits or you accidentally throw with too much layover.”

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