The elite among these river tap dancers are even known to dip one foot into the drink mid roll to kick water up into their opponents faces. After all of the fancy footwork, the person who stays upright the longest, or who falls in the water last, is declared the winner. And while it stimulates the crowds of today, log rolling wasnt always a form of entertainment. Beginning in the late 1800s, men were tasked with moving slews of logs great distances to keep up with the demand for timber. With the absence of trucks and roads, those in the logging industry got creative.