Kahu Woolley is World Series bound

Kahu Woolley has lived in Naracoorte for about three years but will represent New Zealand, his home country. Photo: Supplied

Kahu Woolley has lived in Naracoorte for about three years but will represent New Zealand, his home country. Photo: Supplied

Naracoorte has its very own international woodchopping champion.

Kahu Woolley's training is ramping up as he prepares to travel to the Czech Republic next month for the Stihl World Series in timbersports - where he will take on the best axemen in the world.

Right now, his regime has him training six days a week; cutting wood, lifting weights and building fitness.

However, this isn't Kahu's first run at a world series event. He has been a woodchopper for about 25 years and represented his country many times.

Kahu has lived in Naracoorte for about three years but in the Czech Republic he will represent the country where he was born, New Zealand.

About 15 countries will compete in the knockout style tournament and Kahu said the real battle will be between the top four favourites in the world at the moment - New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States.

"Australia won it last year so they are the defending champs and New Zealand won two years in a row before that," Kahu said.

Kahu has been part of a New Zealand team that has claimed six Stihl World Series titles and will be hoping to return the title to New Zealand next month.

He will head to Germany in the days leading up to the tournament to warm-up against the German team.

Timbersports runs in the family, with Kahu picking up the passion from his grandfather and now passing it onto his sons.

"I'm also six foot four and about 140 kilograms, so most of the top guys in the world are around that sort of stature," he explained.

In order to train for competition he has outfitted his shed for woodcutting.

"My two young sons are chopping as well so we quite often go up there after work and belt a few blocks off."

The two day World Series event next month will test teams of competitors in a range of events that push the limits of strength, endurance, speed and technique.

"I cut an event on the weekend in about 10.7 seconds so it's a very explosive event over a very short amount of time but we do have endurance ones," Kahu said.

Events range from standing block races, sawing, motorised chainsaw and endurance board climbs. Elite level competitors have pushed the popularity of the sport in recent years.

"I think it's definitely growing, even here in Australia."

Kahu thanked his employer Kincraig Motors which supports him as he can only work in Naracoorte seven months of the year. The other five months he spends travelling to compete throughout Australia, New Zealand and the US.