For the past few years I have been suspicious that I may have a shoulder problem. After intense paddling or rolling sessions I was developing a sharp pain between my right shoulder blade and my spine. Two weeks ago after a particularly intense weekend of rolling I...read more
Most of us spend so much time learning groovy looking lay-back rolls that by the time we start to learn forward finishing rolls our bodies have been trained to automatically go face up and slide onto the back deck. Training our bodies, and minds, that lying face down...read more
Many people have sent me questions about how to video themselves rolling, so I thought I would share what I am currently using to mount and control my cameras. To record video I use two GoPro HD Hero2, usually statically mounted on the bow and stern. I also use a...read more
Wrapping up the series of lay-back finishing rolls here are two rolls that are not included in the Greenland Rolling competitions but nonetheless are useful for teaching good body mechanics. First the Standard Roll With Paddle Held Behind back: And second the Paddle...read more
This week's featured roll is the Standard Roll with Paddle Behind Neck. I am not clear if this roll has a practical purpose. It does however help develop great core rotation, and helps decrease one's dependency on using the paddle during the recovery. The roll is a...read more
Imagine you have your right hand full with food (fish, seal, narwhal, you name it). Then you get knocked over. One approach to a one handed roll with a paddle is the butterfly roll. Another approach is this week's roll of the day, rolling with the paddle held in crook...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.