This weekend I drove the family four hours north to Bemidji to visit the in-laws. A storm had come through recently and devastated their land, knocking down over one hundred trees (they have over 100 acres of pasture and woodland). We spent an exhausting Saturday...read more
Until earlier this year I have been religiously paddling with my 86b Novorca carbon fiber paddle. I recently placed an order with Ron at Novorca for a new paddle. I don’t know what its design number will be but it is going to be a remarkable paddle. It varies from my...read more
Assuming you are successful at roll number 12, the Storm Roll, then rolling with your arms crossed becomes a very useful roll to practice. I find this roll useful not because your arms are crossed but because it decreases your dependency on heaving up on the paddle....read more
Learning to roll was the first challenge. Learning to teach rolling is the second and current challenge. Every training session provides as many learning moments for me the trainer as it does the trainee. The following forty thoughts represent some of the things this...read more
The Storm Roll is a great roll to have in your repertoire. It provides you a way of rolling while remaining forward, and leaves you in a position to keep on paddling the instant you recover. Many people find this especially useful when in surf, especially if hit by a...read more
A Static or Balance Brace is often the goal of people that come to our Greenland rolling sessions . For some people their body’s size, shape and flexibility make it impractical to achieve a Static Brace. But even for those that are flexible and buoyant enough it can...read more
Qajaq Rolls is dedicated to passing on the traditional art of Greenland kayaking. Greenland 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. But Greenland kayaking encompasses much more than just rolling, qajaq building, paddle carving, throwing the harpoon and rope gymnastics are just some of the many skills that make up this ancient subsistence culture. If you are interested in learning more about all aspects of Greenland kayaking consider supporting Qajaq USA and Qaannat Katuffiat:
Qajaq USA is a nonprofit membership organization that is officially recognized by Qaannat Kattuffiat (The Greenland Kayaking Association). Qajaq USA is committed to supporting Qaannat Kattuffiat and their efforts to preserve, study and promote the traditions and techniques of Greenland kayaking while seeking to further the appreciation and development of Greenland-style kayaking in the United States.
Please consider joining Qajaq USA and supporting the organizations efforts.
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 Qajaq USA Events where you can become immersed in the culture of traditional paddling.
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. The project has paid for the costs of production so I decided to make them freely available for download in English, español – Spanish and 中文 – Chinese. Please download and share them with your paddling friends, and help to promote the art of Greenland rolling.