North Carolina

Group of Tar Heels want to get log rolling into competitive waters

Posted June 27

— The name certainly reaches out and grabs your attention -- log rolling.

"It sounds like you know what it is, but that can't be right, but it is," Catherine Ayers, UNC Assistant Aquatics Director for Campus Recreation. "Log rolling, you put the log in the pool, you get up on it, you let it roll, and you try to stay up as long as you can."

At first glance, and attempt, easier said than done.

"You feel unsteady, you feel ready to fall, and you know it's inevitable," Ayers said. "But once you get your feet set and you start feeling the log rolling like you may be getting it, then it's an incredible reward."

"It's almost addicting to the point where every time you're getting on that log, you're getting a little bit better" said Alex Beck, a log rolling trainer.

The goal of the game? A last person standing showdown, requiring balance, strength, and fast feet.

"You're trying to knock the other person off the log, but you're not using your hands, so it's almost like a trickery," Beck said. "You're using your feet to trick them off the keylog."

The sport started at the youth level five years ago, but now is attempting to spread to the collegiate scene at campuses like UNC.

"What I would like to see is some of our sports clubs to pick it up and compete with other universities," Ayers said. "I know there is a few other universities that have also gotten a keylog."

Who knows, some fast-twitching heels could mean a Tar Heel takes part in the sport's first ever U.S. Championship in 2019.

"The whole dream is to make keylog rolling an Olympic sport," Beck said.

For now, it's simply baby steps -- trying to get the new sport off the ground, and in the competitive waters.

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