IBO Traditional East Coast Championship 2017
My weekend in northern Florida for the TBOF Championships. Grateful to Lukas, Dana, and Melissa for making it an amazing experience. I am looking forward to Florence, Italy! If you have an interest in the sport, reach out to Dana or me. We welcome all new archers. The quiver I show on the video used to belong to Bob Ripple. A known archer at TBOF. He passed away this year and I picked up his quiver. I hope to honor him by carrying his passion with me.
1st Year of Archery
During a rough time in my life, I searched and searched for something to fill a particular void I felt. An identity lost, I sought and sought something to reclaim who I am. I looked in religion, relationships, Aikido, music, yoga, and even spirituality. Nothing would soothe that void, until one day I came across archery. An exciting feeling. There is nothing more soothing that releasing an arrow, see it fly, and "thump," hit the mark.
Even today, during rough times, I go to the archery range and let the arrows slice through the air, whistling to me the things I need to hear.
Tennis Ball Guy
After work one day a while back, I decided to visit the range for a bit. It was empty. I recorded two rounds. One in which an arrow flies right between a tennis ball and the foam piece holding it, and another in which I have a miss. This is how I would set myself to practice long ago. After going to Bass Pro for a while, I acquired the nickname of "Tennis Ball Guy" amongst the regulars. Today, the idea of shooting a tennis ball using my wooden arrows scares the heck out of me. It takes me about an hour to make a wooden arrow, and if I hit the tennis ball at a certain angle, it will break.
9 Reasons why you should practice Archery
So one day I recorded myself practicing so I can observe my mistakes and try to tune my form a bit. When I got the footage, I was thinking about archery in general and a friend's son who showed interest. I started to think about the benefits and made a quick video. As always, I welcome anyone who wants to give it a try with free lessons from my end (even though I am learning myself). The Everglades Archery Range Club has several members, with experience and tournaments under their belts, who offer formal classes.
Blu's First Shot
This is a small clip of Blu shooting her first arrow. It was exciting for me, and the start of a new passion for her.