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Log Rolling

Log rolling is a lumberjack competition in which participants attempt to balance on a floating log for a longer period of time than their opponent. The two competitors stand at opposite sides of the log, and attempt to cause the other person to fall off the log while retaining their own balance. Participants can use a variety of tactics to cause their opponent to fall, such as kicking the log, running quickly and stopping abruptly, or moving in a different direction. In some competitive tournaments, matches are scored based on a best-of-five format; the participant who is able to remain on the log longer than three competitors will advance to the next round until only one participant remains. The logs used in competition are usually standardized to 3.7m to 4.0m in length and 30cm to 40cm in diameter.

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Competitive log rolling dates back to the late-19th Century, when it originated in the United States. It spread to Canada shortly thereafter.

Who takes part?

Most lumberjack competitors are young to middle-aged men who work in the forestry industry. However, numerous female competitors also participate.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Lumberjack competitions typically occur over summer weekends. Lumberjack event demonstrations also occur throughout the year at community festivals or exhibitions.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

The Lumberjack Company

Cultural Significance


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Physical Game

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