Tips from a log rolling expert

Wednesday 4 Apr 2018

Keep your feet moving! There's always a price to pay when a mistake is made in competitive log rolling.

One wrong step and a dunking is assured.

Logging sports veteran 'Timber' Tina Scheer is better than most in the highly skilled sport where two contestants battle to stay on one rolling log. She will be showing the American sport when it takes centre stage at the Royal Easter Show in Auckland.

Speaking from Spokane Washington shortly before she caught a flight to New Zealand, Scheer said it was an incredible sport that most people did not get to see.

"It takes an incredible amount of skill and practise to become a show roller good enough to perform in front of people."

The roller puts one arm out front and one out the back and bends their knees slightly, taking quick steps while maintaining their balance.

"We call it pitter patter. You are constantly removing your weight from the log because if you put both feet on the log and don't move, your weight is going to go one way or the other, but if you lift them up all the time, you are removing your weight from the log."

The constant backwards and forwards movement made it incredibly physically taxing, she said.

"It doesn't take long to get tired out there and from the waist down is where you have to move, but the control is from the waist up."

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Source: Stuff News

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