THE ORIGINAL EXTREME SPORT SET TO CHOP UP GLENELG!
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series is excited to announce that it will be heading to South Australia for the first time as a standalone event. The iconic Glenelg Beach will be the backdrop for the main event of the Australian Series, with the PRO championship confirmed for Saturday 30th October 2021. In a day of high-powered, high-octane extreme sports action, our nation’s top athletes in this original extreme sport will be battling it out with razor sharp axes and high-powered saws to be crowned the 2021 PRO Australian Champion.
The free entry event will kick off at the Jimmy Melrose Park on the Glenelg foreshore from 12pm on Saturday 30th October with the Rookie Championship showcasing the sport’s up and coming talent in the under 25 division. The main event of the day, the PRO Championship, will start from approximately 1.30pm and the supporting festival will run through until 8pm with food trucks, music and a licensed bar. Thanks to the support of the City of Holdfast Bay entry is free, but space will be limited to approximately 2000 attendees, so arrive early to secure a seat!
MEYER IS THE MAN TO BEAT
Last year the PRO Australian Championship could not go ahead in its usual format due to border closures across the country, but that did not stop the original extreme sport from proceeding! The competition went virtual with athletes competing at four different locations and the axe-ion streamed on social media for millions of fans worldwide to cheer on their Aussie favourites. Victorian Brayden Meyer put on a chopping and sawing masterclass taking out 1st place in the 2020 Virtual Championship, backing up his 2019 PRO Australian and World Championship wins, proving he is still the man to beat in the full six-discipline format.
“The pressure is on to repeat my successes of last year, but I love the pressure. Laurence and Brad and the boys will be back to try and knock me off the top spot of the podium, but I can’t wait to try and defend both my Australian and world titles this year. Hopefully we can get a full crowd down in Glenelg to cheer us on,” said Meyer.
ARGENT ON THE CHARGE
Fellow Chopperoo Mitch Argent will be leading the charge to end Meyer’s domination of the PRO division; Argent took down Meyer in the grand final of the 2021 Australian Trophy, the four discipline, one-man relay knockout format of the sport, in St Kilda earlier this year.
“It was great to get the win in St Kilda, beating Brayden is no easy task, he’s the best in the world right now. Hopefully I can take that form with me to Glenelg and get on top of the podium again” said Argent.
Also looking to cause an upset will be fellow Chopperoos Brad De Losa, Brayden Meyer, Glen Gillam and Jamie Head, and whilst it’s highly unlikely an Australian athlete will be able to travel to the 2021 World Championships in Germany, they will be giving it their all to be crowned the number one in Australia.
HOW THE PRO CHAMPIONSHIP WORKS
The PRO Championship is a three round competition comprising of six STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® wood chopping & sawing disciplines. We start the day with 12 athletes, all of which will complete the first three disciplines (underhand chop, STIHL Stocksaw and standing block chop), with 12 points awarded to the fastest athlete, and 1 for the slowest. After the three disciplines, only the top eight athletes will go on to the next two disciplines; the single buck, and the crowd favourite, the springboard. Points will now double with 16 going to the fastest athlete, and 2 to the slowest. Before the final event, the Hotsaw, we will lose another two athletes, leaving the top six to shoot it out for triple points with their custom-made monster chainsaws!
HOW TO WATCH
There is nothing quite as thrilling as experiencing STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® LIVE! However, if you can’t make it to Glenelg, you can catch all of the axe-ion via the live stream:
Brayden Meyer – VIC, Laurence O’Toole – VIC, Brad De Losa – NSW, Glen Gillam – VIC, Jamie Head – QLD, Kody Steers – TAS, Brodie Dingle, QLD, Mitch Argent – QLD, +4 more athletes to be added after the time trial qualifications