The Gales Storm Gathering

I finaly got off my butt and registered for The Gales Storm Gathering. To quote the website "The Gales Storm Gathering event Oct 8-10 2011 is intended as a fun, invigorating sea kayaking instructional event for students looking to gain experience “in conditions” on...

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What is in a name?

Many traditional Greenland Rolls and skills have their original names, English translations, and slang names. Recently it was bought to my attention by a fellow paddler with a passion for rolling, that the English name side sculling is really an incorrect translation...

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Thank you global readers

I was checking my blog statistics yesterday and I noticed some traffic coming from a variety of intersting refering sites. I discoverd that at least four different kayak sites, in four different countires have linked to this blog.Derrick Mayoleth in the US wrote a...

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Roll of the day – Paddle Held in front

The paddle held in front roll has many other less appropriate names. Use your imagination I am sure you will guess them. It is an easy roll for anyone comfortable with their Standard Greenland roll. It uses the same body movements as the standard roll and provides...

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Roll of the day – Rolling with Arms Crossed

Having learned to complete the storm roll I felt it only logical to try this roll with arms crossed . Wow, did I struggle at first. I blame my dyslexia. I couldn't seem to get it into my head to just use the on side arm to pull down on the paddle. This roll was as...

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Roll of the day – Butterfly or Angel Roll

I have never found a Greenlandic translation of the name for the butterfly or angel roll so maybe it is not really a Greenland roll? Anyhow, this roll is very useful. For some people this is the first lay-back roll they learn. It is very easy to put two paddle floats...

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Happily hand rolling

When I first learned to hand roll it was a marginal affair. If the wind was blowing from the west. If the stars aligned. And if I remembered all of my move then maybe, just maybe, the roll would work. I used momentum and a lot of arm muscle to force the kayak to roll...

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Roll of the day – Armpit or Shotgun Roll

The Greenlandic name for this roll "Paatip Kallua Tuermillugu Illuinnarmik" literally means "using only one arm, with the paddle touching the shoulder". This far more accurately describes the roll than the modern English name. This roll has nothing to do with your...

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Roll of the day – Forward Forward Clenched Fist

The forward finishing clenched fist roll is perhaps one of the hardest forward finishing roll to execute. A good progression to get to this roll is the Storm roll, the forward finish norsaq rolls, and then the forward finishing hand roll. I was delighted when I got...

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How many ways to fail at the same kayak roll?

Yesterday sucked. It is undeniably the worse day of every year. Well at least the past 6 years. It is the end of Emma’s summer visitation with us. I took her to the airport and put her on her flight out east. I had decided prior to yesterday that going rolling would...

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Roll of the day – Spine Roll

The Aariammillugu or spine roll has little to do with your spine. In fact the more literal translation of the original name is "touching the area between the shoulder blades". This more accurately reflects the position the paddle is in. When I started learning this...

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