Two competitors stand on either end of a floating log. One competitor starts rolling the log, forcing the other to keep up. No physical contact between competitors is allowed. The first competitor to fall off the log loses the match.
Log Rolling is an individual sport where two participants attempt to stay on a floating log, while at the same time, try to cause the competitor to lose their balance and fall into the water. This is done by spinning the log back and forth using only the feet. Log rolling is another sport in the universe of lumberjack athletics. Originating as a competition between the best lumberjacks of each camp, log rolling is a game of balance and agility. Competitors are challenged to roll their opponent off a log while attempting to keep their own balance. The first person to fall off the log loses the match.
The popular image of the lumberjack began in the 18th and 19th centuries in heavily forested areas of the United States and Canada. Lumberjacks would live in lumber camps, and follow timber harvesting jobs as they became available. Competitions were often held in lumber camps that would test lumberjacks on common skills used in the job. These competitions eventually evolved into organized annual championships. The largest event, the Lumberjack World Championship, was first held in 1960. Log rolling draws its origins from the practice of driving logs down rivers, to sawmills. Sometimes logs would get jammed, requiring someone to ride out and break things up. These "drivers" were the best and highest paid lumberjacks in the camps, and were known for their balance and skill in riding logs. This practice evolved into competition between lumberjacks to see who was the best. Today, log rolling is an integral part of all competitions.