In a log rolling competition, opponents step onto a floating log, spin it rapidly, stop or snub it suddenly, and try to reverse the motion of the log in order to send their opposition into the water! When one contestant is off the log, the remaining opponent “takes the fall”. A match is the best of 3 out of 5 falls.
Our logs are West Red Cedar, one of the most buoyant woods, and are lathe turned to specific diameters. Some competitions use carpet covered logs and all competitors wear a tennis or water type show with good traction. Amateur roller including Adult Sport division always roll on carpeted logs. Some competitions have uncarpeted logs for Elite (pro) and Master rollers who wear specially made spiked shoes.
Typically, four logs can be used during a competition. The first (#1) log is 15″ in diameter and has red stripes on it. The time limit on the first log is the time limit for the log. If a winner has not been declared by the end of it, “time” is called, and the competitors move on to the next smaller log.
Competitors are not allowed to touch their opponents or cross the center line during a match.