Logan Broadbent

Logan Broadbent became the youngest ever member of the US Boomerang Team at age 14. 

Famous parental buzzkill sayings include: “You’ll never make any money doing that!” or “You’re wasting your time!” and “You should be developing marketable skills.”

When I asked three-time World Boomerang Champion Logan Broadbent if he had ever heard such admonitions, he laughed and said, “No, I have been around boomerangs my whole life. My dad has made boomerangs his life’s work.”

Indeed he has. Gary Broadbent is a four-time world champ, a member of the USA Boomerang Team, owns Broadbent Boomerangs and spends a lot of him time using boomerangs in appearances that combine demonstrations and motivational messages. Logan said, “After falling in love with Australia, he tried a number of store-bought boomerangs, but they didn’t work.” Given Gary was unsatisfied with their quality and aerodynamic capabilities, his son stated, “He figured out how to make them, and he started competing.”  

Logan has taken his dad’s recipe for spreading the Gospel of Boomerang, added his own pinch of media savvy and taken it to new levels. His is a viral trick-shot artist (aka Dude Perfect on YouTube) and his videos have north of 50 million views. He knows how to hire the right people to work the publicity pipeline, and that team effort has put him on American Ninja Warrior three times. On that show, he is known as—what else—“The Boomerang Ninja.”

Broadbent landed in this column because he will be offering a free demonstration at Cornell’s Barton Hall this Saturday from 3-6 p.m. Many of us who have never seen an updated demo or video hold onto the tired old image of a person throwing the boomerang, waiting for it to circle back around, then catching it. Logan shared a number of the different disciplines, saying “Contrary to some perceptions, boomerangs are not used for hunting, or for throwing at each other. There is a series of events in competition, for example, Fast Catch, in which you throw and catch as fast as possible.” He added, “There is an endurance event and a doubling event in which you’re using two at once.” High-level boomerang throwers unleash it at around 80 mph, and Logan holds the current U.S. distance record. When asked how far he threw it, he humbly offered “177 yards out and 177 yards back.”

Of commercially made boomerangs, Logan said “They’re kind of where they were years ago, and we’re trying to change that.” He speaks fondly of what he calls “the collective boomerang community,” and he said that community is comprised of “doctors, lawyers, businesspeople, artists—we’re all into sharing tips, info and technology.”

Speaking of the technological aspects, the boomerangs can be made of traditional wood (like birch), aircraft-grade plywood, fiberglass, nylon, plastic or carbon-fiber. The basic models can cost around 20 bucks, while the carbon/Kevlar/epoxy units cost well over $100

I asked about the concept of a “boomerang team,” and Logan said, “Most people think of boomerang as a solitary sport, but it’s a blast in parks or beaches. There are a lot of things you can do as a group.”

Broadbent’s appearance at Cornell might include his friend Kian Snousser, another expert who happens to attend Hobart. The demo will, Logan said, “be a combination of the history and science of boomerang, plus some motivational and personal stories.”

Sounding a bit autobiographical, he added, “You know, motivating people to take what they love to do as far as they can, and maybe even make a living.”

The event will be interactive, and Broadbent will be doing some teaching of various throws and catches as well. For more info, visit http://www.loganbroadbent.com.

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