Rolling with Sticks is doing well. It is on course to recover the cost of setting up the business and the cost of production this year. I did not start the project to make money. It is my attempt to continue the tradition of passing forward the techniques I have...read more
While on the Big Island we indulged ourselves with much hiking and paddling. We first approached the location of Captain Cook's landing (and subsequent demise) on foot. It was a tough hike back, gaining 1300 feet in the matter of a couple of miles in a tropical...read more
We went to the Waipio Valley last week, wow! 1000 feet sea cliffs, tropical forests, rivers running deep. And to top it off an outrigger canoe sailing into the wind. If I closed my eyes I could not guess what century I was...read more
These sea caves were on the south east shore of the Big Island near the town of Paradise. At first I didn't believe the name, but its true, a kayaker's and snorkelers...read more
Many things impressed me about our recent trip to the Pacific, but perhaps that which captivated me the most were the petroglyphs. I found it incredibly moving to see the images carved into the rocks of families holding hands, warriors dancing and plain old green...read more
I feel rather negligent. There has been a distinct lack of blogging recently. I think it has been for a good reason. Last week I softly launched Rolling with Sticks, the waterproof Greenland style kayak rolling guide book. You can read all about it at...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.