2009 Competitors

Branden Sirguy

Jan. 1, 1975

Port Angeles, Wash.

Professional Forester

Favorite event
Standing Block and Single buck

Training routine
General fitness and training year-round. Emphasis on strength training in the fall and winter, and skill building in the spring and summer.

How long have you competed in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series?
2009 will be my first year in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. I have competed in the sport for twelve years.

What titles have you earned?
Most recently, 2007 & 2008 ALA (American Lumberjack Association) double-buck sawing champion, 2008 ALA Jack & Jill sawing Champion.

Family and the outdoors. Backpacking, climbing, snowboarding, skiing, and hunting.

Interesting fact
My wife and I competed in a lumberjack competition while on our honeymoon.

Do you participate in any nonprofit work?
Local community events.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
New Zealand. I haven't been there yet, and I might find an opportunity to chop wood.

What event has most affected your life? Why?
The birth of my second child. I realized how common it is for children to be born with health issues and how many people might unknowingly take the birth of a healthy child for granted.

What person have you learned the most from? What is the most important thing that you learned from him/her?
In regards to this sport, Gordie Mauhl and David Moses Sr. have been my greatest influence. "Breathe!"

If you could live during any time period/era, when would it be? Why?
The late 1800's through the 1950's in the Pacific Northwest. This is a time period and culture that utilized and developed many of the tools and skills we use in Timbersports competition today.

Where would you recommend that the World Championship be held? Why?
Vancouver, BC or the surrounding area. Vancouver will be the host city for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and is an ideal stage for such world class events. The city also has close ties and is in close proximity to many resources and history related to forestry and the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest. The richness and beauty of western BC offers a stunning backdrop to an outdoor event.