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Barrington's Darren Hudson rolls in gold

Darren Hudson, winner of the U.S. Log Rolling Open Men's Professional Division, organizer Katie Rick,  Southland Chicago Convention Centre & Visitor Bureau's Joel Koester and U.S. Log Rolling Open Women's Professional Division Winner Shana Verstegen.
Darren Hudson, winner of the U.S. Log Rolling Open Men's Professional Division, organizer Katie Rick, Southland Chicago Convention Centre & Visitor Bureau's Joel Koester and U.S. Log Rolling Open Women's Professional Division Winner Shana Verstegen.

BARRINGTON, N.S. - Log rolling champ Darren Hudson is returning from the United States with another award for his mantel.

This past weekend he won first place in the Men's Professional Division in the US Log Rolling Open, Chicago Southland. The competition took place at Orland Park's Lake Sedgewick in Centennial Park, the first event of its kind to be held in Illinois.

The event requires two opponents to stand on a floating log and attempt to spin it in a way that allows one competitor to send the other into the water. The person with the best out of five victories is declared the winner.

Hudson, 38, comes from five generations of lumberjacks and started log rolling for fun when he was 5 and competing when he was 9.

Since 2006, he has won a remarkable 17 pro tournaments. His eight combined World titles rank fifth all time. In 2013 he won the 12th Canadian Logrolling Championship and topped the field in the intermediate men’s stock saw, choker race and spring board competitions.

This past weekend he won first place in the Men's Professional Division in the US Log Rolling Open, Chicago Southland. The competition took place at Orland Park's Lake Sedgewick in Centennial Park, the first event of its kind to be held in Illinois.

The event requires two opponents to stand on a floating log and attempt to spin it in a way that allows one competitor to send the other into the water. The person with the best out of five victories is declared the winner.

Hudson, 38, comes from five generations of lumberjacks and started log rolling for fun when he was 5 and competing when he was 9.

Since 2006, he has won a remarkable 17 pro tournaments. His eight combined World titles rank fifth all time. In 2013 he won the 12th Canadian Logrolling Championship and topped the field in the intermediate men’s stock saw, choker race and spring board competitions.

Nineteen log rollers from around the country and Canada competed in the US Log Rolling Open on Saturday.

Four time Womens’s World Champion Shana Verstegen won first place in the Women's Professional Division. She is from Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to log rolling, Hudson is well acquainted with other lumberjack skills and enjoys teaching others. This spring he opened a new business, the Timber Lounge, located on Agricola Street in Halifax. The facility offers axe throwing lanes and instruction.

Hudson also runs a lumberjack camp in Barrington which lets people learn all lumberjack skills, including axe throwing, tree climbing, sawing and logrolling.

As well there is a women’s axe throwing league run by Suzy Atwood in the warmer months at the lumberjack park.

CBC icon Rick Mercer spent a day with Hudson in 2014, learning the tricks of the trade, and a segment was filmed for The Ricker Mercer Report.

The 2016 US Log Rolling Open will air on CSN June 18 and 26.

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