Stihl Timersports championships to saw, chop away at German Fest

By TimeOut Staff

July 27, 2017

- First Cut: 3:55 p.m. Friday - Professional qualifier event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - top 20 athletes in two pools of 10.
- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday - Professional championship event - top eight athletes.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday - Collegiate championship - top eight athletes.

MILWAUKEE - Let the woodchips fly and hearts pump at German Fest.

The Stihl Timbersports 2017 U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championship will take place for the first time at the fest Friday through Sunday at the BMO Harris Pavilion at Henry Maier Festival Park. The U.S. Pro Championship will be broadcast on ABC at 3 p.m. Oct. 8, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.

If it bears any resemblance to the German Holzhacker, or woodchopper, dance, it’s because there’s some chopping and wood.

In an ESPN “Sports Science” test with a standing block chop, a timbersports athlete’s body experienced 7Gs, or 1,800 pounds of force, while the ax generated 3,700 pounds of force chopping through an 11-inch diameter alder.

Having advanced from regional qualifiers, the top 20 pros in  six disciplines will chop their way to the title.
In the competition, lumberjack athlete will compete in springboard chop, standing block chop and underhand chop, all three use an ax, as well as single buck with a long crosscut saw and the two chainsaw events of stock saw and hot saw, which is usually powered by an engine from a personal watercraft or snowmobile.
The pro-only events are the hot saw and the springboard chop in which a springboard platform is used to climb and chop to the top. The eight college athletes are Jesse Smith Cutting, Paul Smith’s College; Chas Haas, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; Ethan Hall, State University of New; William Brad Jones, University of Maine; John Parcell, University of Montana; Andrew Sergent, West Virginia University; Kyle Williams, Unity College; and Kemp Wilson, Clemson University.