Qajaq Rolls is dedicated to passing on the traditional art of Greenland style kayaking. Greenland style kayak rolling can be a relaxing, yoga-like exercise. Rolling is also a tremendously valuable self-rescue technique, and should be the go-to recovery for any serious kayaker. Greenland kayak rolls are steeped in the history of the Inuit people, whose very survival depended upon their ability to roll up and recover while hunting.

If you are looking to prepare yourself your equipment and then learn your first roll please follow this link to a series of articles put together to help people get started: Getting your first roll. Nothing beats in person training, especially one-on-one training. If you are looking for mentoring check out the clinics we offer and see if they are right for you.

Qajaq Q&A

Your ask questions about traditional paddling – I film my answer. Submit yours here.

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Blog posts

Training Camp 2015 – A prodigy rises

I knew something was up when Tammy yelled across the water “This is above my pay grade, we need your help”. Training camp had started as it always does with a furious paddle across Lower Herring Lake to arrive in time to hear the dinner bell on Thursday.... read more

The forward crunch stroke

If I had a dollar for every time a traditional paddler has come stick in hand asking for help after being show the “right way” to paddle by a club instructor, I could buy a decent bottle of single malt at least once a season for sure. Now don’t get me wrong, these... read more

Qajaq Q&A

For the past three weeks I have started a new project called Qajaq Q&A. It was inspired by a marketing “guru” whom I follow on Twitter who has for the past year been answering questions everyday on camera about marketing. I thought it would be a fun... read more

A dichotomy of paddles – East meets West

Many people only think of the skinny Greenland “stick” when they think of traditional kayak paddles. Reducing Traditional Paddling to just the Greenland qajaq and paddle is doing a disservice to the vast array of other cultures that developed their own versions of... read more

$350 and a ball of string

I completed the Shrike-Skin qajaq project in time for my wife and my annual spring trip to the North Shore. The North Shore is the local’s term for the Minnesota Western shore of Lake Superior, and is home to a large number of State Parks and National Forest land.... read more

Qajaq Camp 2015

Like the Renaissance of the 12th century, this year’s Qajaq Camp was about cultural and attitudinal change. Minnesota and the surrounding states are home to many passionate people willing to share their enthusiasm for traditional paddling. By coordinating their energy... read more
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Free Guidebook and DVD

Rolling with Sticks® started as a project to document the progress I was making as I learned the different Greenland style kayak rolls. This work evolved into the water proof guidebook and DVD that is available for sale in the webstore. The project has paid for the costs of production so I decided to make them freely available for download. Please download and share them with your paddling friends, and help to promote the art of Greenland rolling.

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Rolling with sticks

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