Armpit or Shotgun Roll

Paatip Kallua Tuermillugu Illuinnarmik – using only one arm, with the paddle touching the shoulder.

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Despite the name this roll is not performed with the paddle in the armpit, its synonym “shotgun” makes more sense as the paddle should be positioned with the end on the right side of your chest just where a shot gun butt would sit if you were about to fire it.

A: The right hand grips the paddle palm down on top of the paddle at nearly full reach, gentle hold the paddle in place with pressure from your right hand. When learning this roll you will feel like you need to push it really hard against your chest, if you are like me you will end up bruising yourself at first, learn to relax and with practice you will come to realize not much pressure is needed. The far tip of the paddle is the swung left (counterclockwise) and dipped into the water on the left side of the front of the kayak. Lean forward to push it in deeper.

B: Roll in left. The key to the setup is to wait for the paddle tip to surface. Get the blade ready to sweep with your palm facing upwards.

C: This is the trigger that tells you are ready to sweep. Then follow the exact same three body movements as a standard Greenland roll, sweep the right arm out and back, lean out and rotate towards the back of the kayak with your core, and raise your right knee.

D:The sweep has even more power than the standard roll due to the paddle being extended that much further. During the sweep your right hand should be palm up, and you should end the roll with the paddle out at right angle to the kayak and your body. As with the standard roll concentrate on looking at the end of the paddle and keep you head in the water until the last possible moment.

As with most competition style points are awarded if when you sit up you rotate the paddle still against your chest to point towards the front of the kayak.

Rol de hombro

a) La mano derecha toma la pala palma abajo desde su punta en todo su alcance. Coloca la pala suavemente en posición contra tu pecho presionando con tu mano derecha. Te parecerá que debes de empujar la pala demasiado contra tu pecho. Si haces como yo al principio acabarás lastimándote. Aprende a relajarte, y con práctica notarás que no es necesaria tanta presión. La otra punta se pasa hacia la izquierda (sentido contrario) y se sumerge por el lado izquierdo de la proa. Dóblate adelante para mayor alcance.

b) Vuelca por la izquierda. Para colocarte espera a que la punta de la pala llegue a la superficie. Ten la pala lista para barrer con tu palma hacia arriba.

c) Empieza el barrido cuando la punta llegue a la superficie. Haz los mismos tres movimientos que en el rol estándar groenlandés. Extiende y retrasa el brazo derecho. Reclínate y echa atrás tu cabeza. Desplaza tu centro hacia la popa, y sube tu rodilla derecha.

d) El barrido tiene incluso más fuerza que el del estándar, debido a la mayor extensión de la pala. Durante el barrido la mano derecha irá palma arriba. Deberías acabar con la pala fuera por la derecha del kayak y del cuerpo. Como en el estándar, concéntrate en mirar la punta de la pala y en mantener tu cabeza en el agua todo lo posible.


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