I spent some time yesterday at the pool practicing the Sculling roll with paddle held horizontally on the foredeck. The video below shows four attempts, first at regular speed and then at 25%. I can clearly see the angle of the blade working for the majority of the...read more
Rolling well requires flexibility. Regular stretching can help you get your first roll, and help improve your rolling repertoire. I stretch every day, and I stretch before every training session. I recommend you do too.Stretching too hard, too quickly or too often can...read more
In a series of blog posts I will attempt to propose a path that people can progress along to achieve their first Greenland Style Roll. I hesitate to suggest that the first roll will be the Standard Greenland Roll (start tucked forward finished lying back). For some...read more
You may remember my attempt this year to sew my own avataq. It ended up being rather small, but at least my daughter thinks it's cute, and I could roll with it.I was watching a film on traditional Inuit living and hunting skills and grabbed this screen shot of the...read more
It’s not all in the mind, but the mind can certainly get in the way of one's ability to roll.WorryFlexibility and muscle control are essential for successful rolling. When a new paddler is worried about their ability to complete a roll, they will inevitably tense...read more
In recent years I have exchanged emails and traded messages on forums about the merits of skin-on-frame kayaks. Clearly they can be a closer replica of the origins of our sport than the glass fiber models that I paddle. I have heard that they feel different when...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.