The professionals in the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series compete in five regional professional qualifiers at the same venues as the five Collegiate Series events. This means that the professional athletes from the region will be competing against each other for the chance to go to the U.S. championship.
Athletes compete in a variety of disciplines based on traditional logging skills to determine the best all-around lumberjack. Lumberjack Events include hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop.
Because of the growing popularity of the Series around the world and growth of other international competitions, starting in 2011, the U.S. Series is open to U.S. athletes only in the regional qualifiers. The World Championship competitions are the venue for international competition. There are 40 total open slots, 8 from each region, for professionals looking to compete and qualify for the championship.
The selection of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitors has always been coordinated between the Granite State Lumberjack Show staff and our competitor advisory group. Athletes are ranked, and then divided up with ten athletes per region based on ranking and home location. The top four individuals from each region then move on to the championship venue to make two championships pools of 10. The top 5 from those pools will then move on to the Championship round. The top US chop / saw competitor advances to the World Championship competition in Holland.
On the final day of the Championship venue, the four individuals from each region will compete in a relay competition to determine the top group from around the country.