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Outdoor Nationals 2016


Me with my coach, Amanda Kaminski

Official Practice Day

The night before practice, after a lot of questions and thinking, we realized that I may be ambidextrous.  This may seem like no big deal outside of archery, but this could explain issues I have been having when I get tired and my arrow tend to hit to the right of the target.  In order to compensate, I need to cover one eye during shooting.  This will be the first tournament in which I have done that so I was stressing about it a bit as I went to sleep.

Arriving to the practice field I was a little nervous at first because I had to try shooting with sunglasses with one side blocked out. The reason for the sunglasses was because every time I would practice my shots would consistently go right no matter how much I moved my sight so we thought it might be a result of an eye dominance problem.  When we got to the field I went to go find a target to set up at and thankfully I had my coach’s help so we could figure out what was going wrong. While I was shooting my coach and I noticed my arrows were more centered so we decided I should give the sunglasses a shot for the tournament.


First Qualification Day

When I got up the day of qualification I was excited to see my friends and interested to see how the sunglasses would work out. As I was warming up with the 3 practice ends given I felt confident and I was ready to get started. Throughout the tournament my shoulder muscles continued to get more tired because of my previous shoulder injury but I managed to power through and ended up with no misses in a really long time. My scores were 255 and 232.

Second Qualification Day

The next morning, I woke and my shoulders were extremely sore but I knew I could get through it. I was bummed out to be sore but I have been unable to exercise the muscles for several months so they were weak.  Even though I ended up with two misses (that were just because I dropped my arm and they both landed in the same spot right outside of the 1 ring) I still managed a 232 and a 217.   This felt like a win for me because I figured out the issue of going to the right, as well as having sore muscles and no longer any pain.


Team Rounds

I did not make it to eliminations because my scores were too low but that meant I would get to straight to team rounds, which is my favorite part of the tournament. Team rounds are always fun to me and this time I didn’t know anyone on my team so that meant new friends. One of the girls on my team had never shot team rounds before so we had to help her out and coach her through it she was a little nervous which affected her shooting which was totally fine because team rounds are just for fun and we had fun for sure.

Overall, I was happy with what I learned.  Once back home, I cranked my limbs up a couple of pounds so that I can strengthen the muscles.  I am looking forward to shooting over the fall where I can see the results of the hard work.  Finally I feel like I am making progress!

AAE Wav Vanes


Emma on the AAE Wav Vanes:

When I first started shooting outdoor I shot regular plastic vanes.  Once I did some research and found out about the benefits of Kurly Vanes, we did a test with them versus my old ones.  In continuous wind, the Kurly Vanes definitely shot better.  I have been using them since with okay results and I do think in the gusty wind in Arizona would have been much harder on me if I had still had my old vanes.  When I went to Texas Cup though, the wind was gusting on and off, completely picking up my arrows with them.  It was crazy!

In Arizona, AAE was the tournament sponsor and we got sample packs in our bags of their new Wav vanes.  We decided when I went to Texas in practice, we would try them against the Kurly Vanes to see how they worked out.  I tried them on 60m in the crazy wind and they flew completely straight in a much tighter group!  When I shot the same number at the same distance of the Kurly Vanes they went horizontally before hitting the target and the arrows were very far from each other.

Once we got back, we decided to use the AAE Wav vanes for Gator Cup.  I will let you know what I think when I get back!


Kevin on the AAE Wav Vanes:

When we travel to tournaments we always look at what the top archer’s equipment choices are. If there is something Emma and I see interesting we take pictures and then do our research when we get back home.

We saw that Brady Ellison was using AAE Wave vanes at Arizona Cup we were excited to get a sample in our welcome bag. Emma was using Kurly Vanes at Arizona Cup and we were watching her arrows almost go completely sideways in flight to the target at 60 meters. I walked down to watch Mr. Ellison and his arrows had a much better flight in the same conditions. This made me decide to try the AAE vanes.

I fletched 3 arrows with the AAE Waves and we took then to Texas Shootout. I had Emma shoot 3 Kurly Vanes and then the 3 AAE vanes. The AAE vanes consistently flew better in the high wind conditions there.

Emma is now shooting the AAE Wave vanes and she has seen her grouping tighten and we are very satisfied with their performance.