23

Sep
1

The arrival of Japan

In the afternoon, the national team from Japan arrived. Their chainsaws got stuck in the custom though, making them come here almost empty handed. But the Husqvarna crew is a helpful crew and they are now fully equipped with great machinery.

This is the first time a Japanese team is represented at the WLC. We got a chance to talk to the junior participant in the Japanese team, Hiroki Shirakawa. Had to use a translator, but that wasn't a problem. Here is what he had to say:

 

23

Sep
0

Husqvarna and Jonsered

Got the opportunity to have a small chat with Hannes Lokko and Niklas Börjesson. Hannes is in charge of the Husqvarna display area and Niklas is in charge of Jonsered's.

23

Sep
0

Hello Zagreb

We arrived in Zagreb late in the evening yesterday and checked in at the beautiful Hotel Antunovic Zagreb. First thing we did today was going to the competition site. A lot of activity going on, everyone is building display areas and preparing the site for the competition. There has been A LOT of raining going on last week, making the ground all messy and useless. To solve this, a lot of gravel and sand has been transfered to the site. It works! The result is though that everyone building has lost a day of work, making everyone a bit stressed. But the spirit is great in the Husqvarna team!

Here's a first video clip from the site.

21

Sep
0

The Final Countdown

This is it! Tomorrow, Husqvarna Loggers Blog is goiong down to Zagreb, Croatia to cover the World Logging Chamionship. We hear that there has been some heavy raining the last couple of days, but we cross our fingers that it will be sunshine when we arrive.

The team consists of Peter Holmberg and Björn Falkevik, both from Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Peter will be in charge of interviewing participants and experts, write an publish material on the blog continuously, answer questions from readers and make sure that everyone who's not able to see the championship live can follow the excitement online.

 

Björn is the technique and media genius who will be in charge of filming, photo taking, edit and make sure all productions are of good quality.

 

 

Please make sure that you follow us and your favorite Husqvarna participants in Croatia this weekend. Starting tomorrow you will get a lot of updates per day. Interviews, videos, images and a lot more. Please follow us at Twitter as well:

#pro_forest
#peter_hsqv

See you on The Husqvarna Loggers Blog!

27

Aug
0

The Husqvarna Crew

Many of the participants in the World Logging Championship use Husqvarna equipment. We have now got the first list of the Husqvarna crew from all participating nations. This list may be corrected before the actual competition, but it gives you a good view of the Husqvarna starting field.

 

LAND

NAME

CAT.

Ukraine

Kostyushko Vitaliy

Prof

Ukraine

Kostyushko Oleksandr

Prof

Belgium

Bergen David

Prof

Ecuador

Franco Kleber

Prof

Ecuador

Witting Elesban

Prof

Ecuador

Angulo Edison

Prof

France

Petitqueux Jean Michel

Prof

France

Caparros Yohann

Prof

Japan

Mitsugi Akita

Prof

Japan

Hitoshi Keta

Prof

Japan

Tomohiro Maeda

Prof

Japan

Hiroki Shirakawa

U 24

Luxembourg

Wagener, Claude

Prof

Luxembourg

Reckinger, Alain

Prof

Netherlands

Essenstam, Arjan

Prof

United Kingdom

Mr Dewi Willims

Prof

Finland

Joni Toivio

U 24

Denmark

Per Mortensen

Prof

Germany

Huster Florian

U 24

Latvia

Gatis Brencis

Prof

Latvia

Edmunds Krišāns

Prof

Litauen

Balciunas Romas

Profi

Litauen

Penkaitis Povilas

Prof

Czech Republic

Vorlicek Jiri

Prof

Czech Republic

Rousal, Marin

Prof

United Kingdom

Mr Alun Jones

Prof

United Kingdom

Mr Josh Russell

U 24

Italy

Massimiliano, Biemmi

Prof

Italy

Raffl, Johann

Prof

Liechtenstein

Tanner, Armin

Prof

Slovenia

Cuk, Robert

Prof

Slovenia

Krese, Domine

Prof

Slovenia

Pavsic, Bostjan

Prof

Latvia

Mārtiņš Ķepīts

U 24

Denmark

Jacob Vibe

Prof

Finland

Jukka Perämäki

Prof

Litauen

Karpavicius Gintaras

Prof

Litauen

Stasiunas Gediminas

U 24

Poland

adam Dobrenko

U 24

Russia

Shvetsov, Ilya

Prof

Russia

Sokolov, Aleksandr

Prof

Russia

Mallat, Alexander

Prof

Russia

Dashugin, Vladimir

U 24

Ungarn

Kozák, András

Profi

Ungarn

Bakó, László

U 24

 

18

Aug
9

What happened in 2008?

In the latest World Logging Championship in Germany 2008, the results we're surprisingly not in Husqvarna's favor. Our expert, Anders Kragner, shares some thought about this event from a Husqvarna perspective:

Several factors influenced Husqvarna's poor results in WLC 2008, Trippsdrill Germany. Our competitor Stihl managed to win, not only the overall gold medal, but also single disciplines. Luck, experience or whatever lays behind I really do not know, but I do know that Balz Recher from Switzerland is very competent and very highly skilled. He also had the fortune of being able to perform good results in all the five disciplines, which of course gives you great chance to win the total. That´s what he did and I can only say “Congratulations!”. Our contestants using Husqvarna apparently got “the other side of the coin”. A mistake here, another one there. Then the opportunity to win is gone! There was nothing to blame in the setup or the organisation of the competition. This year, the Husqvarna participants will enter the competition more prepared than ever and I hope they will be able to perform great results!

 

11

Jun
3

WLC welcomes Japan

For the first time in history, World Logging Championship welcomes a national team from Japan. This is also the first team ever to represent Asia in this competition and it’s great to see the expansion of professional logging challengers. The whole Japanese team uses Husqvarna equipment and they will attend the Husqvarna training camp held in The Netherlands this summer.

Like all other national teams in WLC, the Japanese team consists of three senior contestants and one junior contestant. The whole team has prepared studiously to make sure that they perform their very best in Zagreb in September. Along with them they also have their dedicated coach and technical leader, Mr. Kyuchiro Odagiri. He is very excited to lead the first Japanese team in the WLC.

- "This is the very first time for Japan to participate in the WLC. I hope we can utilize this opportunity and apply what we have learned to the future", says a hopeful Mr. Odagiri.

All the four Japanese contestants use the same chainsaw model: Husqvarna 576 XP. The choice is based on the machine’s power, performance, usability and “cool design”. The three senior contestants all have the tree felling discipline as their strongest, while the junior contestant, Shirakawa Hiroki, has “Fitting another chain” as a favorite.

 

Here is a short presentation of the four contestants: 

Name: Hitoshi Keta (senior contestant)
Chainsaw: Husqvarna 576 XP
Daily Profession: Forest improvement
Favorite discipline: Tree felling
Needs more practice: Limbing and Fitting another chain

Hobby: Japanese drum
Favorite sport: Athletic sports
Favorite food: Ramen (Chinese noodle)
Favorite movie: Titanic
Favorite band/artist: Tokio (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Language problem and chainsaw operation
In 10 years I will be: A chainsaw instructor

-       “We will aim for the higher target, gold medal!”

 

 

Name: Mitsugi Akita (senior contestant)
Chainsaw: 576 XP
Daily Profession: Wood distribution
Favorite discipline: Tree felling
Needs more practice: Precision bucking

Hobby: Golf and baseball
Favorite sport: Golf and baseball
Favorite food: Seafood
Favorite movie: Rocky
Favorite band/artist: Southern All Stars (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Machine trouble and disqualification
In 10 years I will be: Modernize and bring the advance chainsaw technique in Japan

-       “I hope the Japan team performs well and win the prize.”

 

 

Name: Tomohiro Maeda (senior contestant)
Chainsaw:
576 XP
Daily Profession: Timber production
Favorite discipline: Tree felling
Needs more practice: Fitting another chain
Hobby: Goldfish raising

Favorite sport:
Baseball
Favorite food: Hamburger steak
Favorite movie: The Patriot
Favorite band/artist: Fumido (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Machine trouble
In 10 years I will be: Working hard in out company and contribute to the forest industry

-       “We will win the prize!”

 

 

Name: Shirakawa Hiroki (junior contestant)
Chainsaw:
576 XP
Daily Profession: Timber production
Favorite discipline: Fitting another chain
Needs more practice: Limbing

Hobby:
Outdoors camping
Favorite sport: Martial arts
Favorite food: Curry rice
Favorite movie: Saw
Favorite band/artist: Exile (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Disqualification
In 10 years I will be: Running a company or become an instructor

-       “I believe that Japan will get a prize at our first WLC.”

 

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