Introducing the Boom Pop’s latest feature: a captivating journey into the world of boomerangs, led by none other than the exceptionally talented Philip Sathyaraj, a trailblazing Indian boomerang thrower and maker. With a passion that soars through the skies. In this upcoming article, we invite you to join us as we delve into the fascinating realm of composite boomerang creation, as Philip generously shares the intricate process and the formidable challenges he’s overcome to craft these magnificent aerodynamic wonders.
So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to be enthralled by the thrilling world of boomerangs as we explore Philip Sathyaraj’s journey, and the secrets behind the creation of his mesmerizing composite boomerangs.
How did it start – I always knew about carbon composite MTA’s but never had the heart to buy one because of the price plus shipping. I had a phenolic MTA and my best timing with that was 33 seconds. I threw it in WBC 2022 but was not able to cross 23 seconds because of the dead conditions. Every other person in my group was throwing a carbon MTA and I felt like a rookie. In WBC I had discussions with Alejo and Adam about making carbon booms. Later Adam shared with me a document about making carbon Fiber MTA’s. With this I bought the necessary materials and started my mould process, with phenolic MTA master. I tried to capture the tune with Adam’s method in the document, which did not work well for me. So, I just eyeballed the tune and made it in my own way and got a mould. I got a nice mould with a decent tunning which was a total fluke.
My first boomerang turned out too heavy because I did not tighten the g clamps tight enough. 2nd piece was crafted only with the Unidirectional carbon it was stiff vertically but weak horizontally. 3rd piece turned out good but I did not really know how to finish it. The 4th one turned out right and got some decent 25 second flights.
My second mould was a wind sailor. I tried using a PP sheet under the boomerang and it turned out a disaster. 2nd attempt on the wind sailor got an okay mould and made 4 boomerangs without testing. Then when I threw them, they crash-landed. Then I reached out to Christian Muller he suggested me to heat tune and then it worked. Then came the realisation that it is all about the tunning. Read the Jonas Rombald article about tuning and made 2 more moulds after that which is better but not perfect.
I can never get the same materials as they get in Europe or the US. I must make the best out of what is available in India. So far, I have made 4 moulds and 12 boomerangs. The research will continue till I get a perfect one.