I spent a few hours in the pool today. Three and a half hours to be precise. SKOAC and then ISK both had a pool session and I took full advantage of them. I had decided to focus on a couple of things. First was getting my balance brace stronger. The second was the...read more
James and I communicate frequently about rolling techniques, here he is having some fun:read more
When I arrived at the pool last weekend someone mentioned that I was looking cheerful. Most winter Sunday mornings you will find me there practicing rolling. That is reason enough for me to be smiling.Filming this session provided some interesting learning moments....read more
A QajaqUSA forum Post led me to Bjorn Thomasson's blog, which included this inspirational picture:The paddler is Pål Gustad paddling in a Black Pearl. The picture was taken by Tage Solberg.This will keep me going in the office this morning. Now all I need to do is...read more
I was struck by some of the great variations Warren does in this video. Hand rolls while still holding the paddle with the offside hand. That should provide something new and fun to try next weekend. I also love the way he throws himself into the water at various...read more
This morning Mike and I went for a paddle around Prior Lake. We would usually have been at a pool session but none was scheduled. The air temperature was 33F with a 15 mph wind gusting from the north. The lake's surface temperature was just above freezing. No one else...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.