Usually the weather does not put me off grilling, but this weekend the deck filled up with snow and the grill nearly doubled in height. I am hoping for a strong wind, but I suspect I need instead to develop strong arms and back muscles.... now if it wasnt for the -4F...read more
I was looking through some photographs and saw this one again of Ron S and my kayaks on Sand Island, it reminded me of what a great years paddling I had. My new job got in the way of some plans, but those that came to fruition left me with a lot of great memories.The...read more
We decided a couple of weeks to try dimming the lights at the pool session, creating the first mood-lit Greenland Rolling clinic, Whats next? Rock and roll themed rolling I...read more
Shot from the bottom of the deep end (11 feet deep) using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2.This was filmed today at the Brooklyn Center Pool session arranged by the Inland Sea Kayakers.The rolls are performed in this order: Standard Greenland Roll, Storm Roll, Hand Roll,...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.