Top international logger sports athletes come to Prague, Průmyslový palác, to decide the best individual athlete and the strongest national team of the world.
The thrilling individual and team competitions promise action, excitement and top performances over two nights on November 1 – 2 2019.
Do not miss the fight for the world titles in the original extreme sport and come to Prague to support your national heroes!
On Friday, November 1, over 100 competitors from more than 20 national teams will be fighting for the team world titles in a stunning relay event in a knockout competition.
On Saturday November 2 2019, the best 12 individual athletes from 12 countries will compete against each other in all six TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines; Springboard, Stock Saw, Standing Block Chop, Single Buck, Underhand Chop and the mighty Hot Saw. The points are given for speed and precision of cutting wooden logs. After three disciplines four athletes with the lowest score are knocked out, another three are knocked out after the fifth discipline and 6 remaining competitors battle in the final with Hot Saw. The challenge in this discipline lies in controlling the power concentrated in the 60 to 80 HP chain saw. With a chain speed of approx. 250 km/h and a weight of nearly 30 kg, these machines demand maximum performance from the athletes.
Last year, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship took place in Liverpool. In the thrilling final, the Australian Laurence O´Toole won the world title ahead of Matt Cogar from the USA and Martin Komarek from the Czech Republic.
DISCIPLINES STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
In this discipline, all the competitors work with the MS 661 C-M, a standard STIHL chain saw with all-electronic engine management. At the starting signal the athlete seizes the saw and applies it to the wood (diameter 40cm). The competitors must cut two complete cookies off a horizontally-mounted log with one downward and one upward cut, both within a marked area of 10 cm. Sawing over the marked line or not completing both cookies will result in a disqualification. Top athletes can complete this discipline in about ten seconds.
The Underhand Chop, which corresponds in practice to cutting up a felled tree, involves chopping through a 32 cm thick, horizontally mounted tree trunk from both sides with an axe. The athlete stands on top of the log. Cutting it through from one side only leads to disqualification. Best times for the Underhand Chop are under 15 seconds.
A wooden "cookie" is cut off a horizontally fixated tree trunk (diameter of 46 centimeters or 1.5ft) with a cross-cut saw of roughly 2 meters length (6ft7). For this discipline, the rhythm and the dynamics of the athlete make all the difference. Top athletes can complete this discipline in about ten seconds.
The Standing Block Chop simulates felling a tree. A block of wood 30cm in diameter is anchored vertically in a metal stand and has to be chopped through from both sides as quickly as possible. Precise blows with the axe and a powerful swing are the deciders of success in the Standing Block Chop event. Top athletes take under 13 seconds in this discipline.
In this discipline the competitor places two platforms (springboards) into pockets cut in a vertically mounted log. The aim is to chop through a 27cm diameter block of wood positioned at the tip of the log. Originally, this method was used by loggers in North America to make a cutting platform above the extremely hard root bases, which could be as much as a meter tall.
At the judge's starting signal the athlete cuts a first pocket about ten centimeters deep in the log at shoulder height. He slots the point of the first springboard into it. The athlete then stands on that board to cut a second pocket in the log. Standing on the second springboard, at a height of about two meters, he starts cutting through the block at the top. In this event too, the wood must be cut through from both sides. Springboard calls for a precise technique along with strength, balance and skill. International fastest times for springboard are under 40 seconds.
The aim is to cut three cookies of a specified thickness from a horizontally positioned trunk (diameter 46 cm) as quickly as possible using an extremely powerful, specially tuned chainsaw known as a hot saw. The challenge in this discipline lies in controlling the power concentrated in the 60 to 80 HP chain saw. With a chain speed of approx. 250 km/h and a weight of nearly 30 kg, these machines demand maximum performance from the athletes. International leading times in the Hot Saw event are under six seconds.