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
Physical fitness plays a crucial role in rolling, duh. I know it’s not exactly rocket science. However, many people don’t seem to realize that lack of flexibility and strength can make certain rolls considerable harder, if not practically impossible.To be able to...read more
I doubt many people would disagree with the statement that the first roll you learn is probably the hardest. Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with multiple paddlers who wanted to learn to roll, each had a different challenge. Through my experiences of the...read more
Never having published a book before, I had no idea what to expect, neither in terms of the feedback I would receive, nor in terms of the sales I should expect. Both have been a pleasant surprise.If you check out the customer page on the book's website you will see...read more
As I mentioned in my last post I am a supporter of Qajaq USA and its mission. This week a new edition of the organization's newsletter was released for download. The newsletter is called Masik. Masik is the traditional Inuit name for the wooden beam in a kayak that...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.