No offense to paddleboarding, but logrolling is the coolest new (er, really old) workout on the water.
PREPARE TO GET SOAKED. The goal of logrolling, a sport that dates to the lumberjack and logging camp era, is to dislodge your opponent (i.e., make them fall in the water) without using your hands. In competitions, forcing three out of five falls wins the match. For recreation, though, “most people just try to stay on and have fun,” says Shana Verstegen, cofounder of Madison Log Rolling club in Wisconsin (and a six-time world-champion pro logroller!). Every summer, kids and adults flock to her program on Lake Wingra for logrolling matches, private lessons and parties. It’s not only an entertaining way to beat the heat, but solid exercise too: Logrolling tests your cardiovascular fitness, as well as your endurance, coordination, balance and concentration, Verstegen says.
While her program still uses actual logs—western red cedar, as the sport requires—a Minneapolis company called Key Log Rolling has made the sport accessible with 65-pound synthetic logs that feel like the real thing. Their website is helpful for finding logrolling opportunities (such as at YMCAS or university rec centers), and they even rent logs to take to the cabin for a few days. keylogrolling.com; madisonlogrolling.com