The biennial Boomerang World Cup was completed in Rome in June, with Germany conceding the teams title for the first time since 2002. The ‘Rad Revolution’ team from the USA (Dan and Richard Bower, Billy Brazelton, Logan Broadbent, Matt Golenor, and Dan Johnson, with Gregg Snouffer as coach) secured a large lead over the Germans in the very first event (SuperCatch), and then held that lead over the next three days.
Josh Smith, Roger and Grant Perry, Rob Croll, David J RIchardson and Craig Carter The Australian team had a rocky start on the first day, but on each following day they moved up the ladder, eventually finishing ninth in the field of twenty teams.
For the first time in a decade, the individual competition delivered a new champion, with 2006 and 2008 champion Fridolin Frost of Germany and 2000-2004 champion Manuel Schütz of Switerland relegated to second and third place respectively. The new world champion, by a substantial margin, is German Alex Opri, who won both the Aussie Round and Trick Catch events, and was only beaten by a new world record in MTA.
That new MTA world record was a stunning two minutes 19.10 seconds, set by young Nick Citoli of the USA. This was one of the few events in both tournaments that was not made more difficult by contrary winds, and Nick certainly used it to advantage, extending the 13-year MTA-100 record of Eric Darnell by almost 35 seconds.
At much the same time, a second record was being broken: Billy Brazelton put his boomerang in the air for a stunning six minutes 20.59 seconds, and while he made his catch outside the 100 metre circle and therefore was given no score for it, it allowed him to shatter the previous MTA-Unlimited record by over two-and-a-half minutes.
Our records page has now been updated to show these changes (we apologise for the delay reporting all this — because the MTA-Unlimited time was not recorded in the official scores, it took a while to track down!)
The best Australian result in the individual championship came from Grant Perry of Perth, who placed nineteenth overall. With a not much better fast catch score he could have been in the top ten in the world. Father Roger placed a credible thirty-second, including a top ten result in Accuracy, with the next best Aussie being previous world champion Rob Croll at fortieth. Full scores can be found on the German Boomerang Club’s website.
The 2012 World Cup has been assigned to Sao Paolo, Brazil, and work is proceeding to bring the World Cup back to Australia (Perth, in particular) in 2014.