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
During my family's vacation to the North Shore of Lake Superior last week, I was asked if I would help lead a rolling session for the Grand Marais Paddling Club. This video documents a few minutes of rolling at the end of a fun filled...read more
"If you don't float you won't roll" is an oversimplification, but it does highlight an aspect of rolling that is frequently underestimated by many rollers and learners alike. Newton taught us three very useful laws that help us roll: 1. "Corpus omne perseverare in...read more
Last week we were working on the Chest scull. The Chest scull helps train our bodies to float face down and then recover facing forward. The next roll to work on is the Continuous Storm Roll. The benefit of using the Continuous Storm Roll is that a paddle float 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.