Don't Try This at Home: Speed
Archery Meets Motorcycle
Riding With Lars Andersen Don't Try This at Home: Speed Archery Meets Motorcycle Riding With Lars Andersen

Lars Andersen, a Denmark writer and artist, is one of the world’s fastest archers, according to this story on Andersen focuses on techniques perfected by ancient Chinese and Native American toxophilites – archery experts – to shoot arrows much more quickly than modern techniques allow.

Even Legolas wouldn’t be able to keep up with Andersen, whose personal record is three arrows shot in 1.52 seconds. He’s reportedly confident he needn’t compete any more because he knows he’s the world’s fastest archer. Indeed, a quick online search reveals photos of Anderson shooting – and hitting his target – even while jumping up and down.

Perhaps most notable, Andersen recently shot a video with friend Ronnie Hansen in which he attempted to beat his best time while trying a new archery stunt: riding on the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The result? Three targets, three arrows, 1.3 seconds! Amazing. Even more incredible? Andersen’s archery technique allows him to hit targets while balancing on the back of Hansen’s motorcycle, despite his apparent lack of an anchor point or other “typical” shooting basics.

According to this interview with OutdoorHub, Andersen acknowledges his unusual technique: “I aim without any anchor point or fixed draw length, and I can switch the bow between both hands. Perhaps I do have an advantage because I am an artist, because I am really good at turning objects inside my head in three dimensions. It makes it easier for me to shoot a bow without having to use fixed points.”

Andersen told the OutdoorHub that he focuses on combat archery techniques he discovered in historical texts. These techniques combine speed with shooting ability. “Saracens who fought with the Crusaders had a series of tests which had been preserved,” he said. “For example, one test required (they) shoot three arrows so quickly that the last shall be in the air before the first has hit. That is, three arrows in one-and-a-half seconds. That motivated me to accomplish it.”

Finally, practice makes perfect: In the same interview, Andersen said he practices at least four days per week. He arrives at his archery club with 60 arrows and shoots them “many times.” His friends at Denmark’s Lyngby Bow Guild tease him that he shoots 1,000 arrows per practice session. Andersen seems to shrug off the friendly ribbing, but at a rate of three arrows per 1.3 seconds, we think it just might be possible.

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