The fastest archer in the world

Lars Andersen (b. 1964) is a Danish painter and author.
For a couple of years, he has also been the world's fastest archer.

In 2003 Lars started shooting with bow and arrows during LARP
 (live action role play) in large medieval battle in Denmark.
Together with his friend Peter Vorbeck, they began work on their archery skills in earnest. this was very far from modern slow stationary
target archery.

They shot at living targets in motion, who sometimes fired back. and they fought in large armies and also against castles.
Even though it was done with safe, soft-tipped arrows, Lars learned some valuable lessons about past archery, and he and Peter started practicing tricks like shooting incoming arrows with their own, and moving fast
while firing.

One of the first things Lars learned, was that the classic back quiver seen in many Hollywood movies turned out to be useless in motion. The second was that if he wanted to learn how to shoot really fast, modern archery techniques couldn't help him. So he turned to old manuscripts, and realized that many things about modern archery seemd wrong.
He was helped by foreign experts in historical archery, and began to develop his own


Populism and communication

After a few years, Lars put videos on the Internet.
His 2012 video received a million hits on YouTube in three days.
His 2015 video became the most seen archery video ever in 3 days.

Andersen is now world famous, but he’s also created debate in archery communities worldwide. Is it real? Is it all fake? Does he actually know what he’s talking about? In his famous video, Andersen tells that he has “re-invented ancient techniques”. Some archery "experts" reacted critically to the statement, and the amount of online debate that has followed has been truly staggering. This debate has prompted Andersen to make a short new video, explaining some things to critical viewers. And to make it interesting for everyone else, he’s spiced it up with some previously unreleased footage of him performing trick shots.


Many people write to ask about Lars' background, what kind of bow he uses, what he charges for lessons, and whether he will do interviews, and so on.

Can I link to Lars' videos?

We've gathered the answers to a few questions here. If you have others, you are welcome to write us at kunstmaler@gmail.com.
Yes, you are welcome to link to the videos.
You may also screenshots from them for articles, as long as you write "Picture Credit: Lars Andersen".

 What bow does Lars use?

Lars uses different bows, homemade or modified
Longbow costom built by Falco.

He uses custom-made arrows that he himself has modified.


What does it cost to get lessons from Lars?
At the moment, Lars is not taking on any students.


Can Lars be hired to do archery at all?
Lars gets many, many requests; ranging from commercials and documentaries to university lectures and festivals. He does do some archery related work, though, so if you have an interesting proposal for him, you are welcome to write us. We do our best to answer all mails.