Standard Greenland Roll

Kinnguffik Paarlallugu Nerfallaallugu – coming up on the other side, on one’s back.
中文 – Chinese

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The classic Greenland roll (technically a high brace roll) teaches us the essence of all layback rolls.

A: Set up with the paddle parallel with the kayak on the left side, extended towards the front, right hand furthest forward. (When learning extend the paddle as far as possible using your left hand very near the tip this will give you the most righting moment from the sweep) Hold the paddle with two hands palm down holding the blade across the palm. Lean forward with forehead towards the left knee and outwards rotating your body slightly left. Roll in towards the left.

B: Allow the kayak to fully rotate until the paddle breaks the surface, at this point your shoulders should be rotated slightly so your chest is almost parallel to the kayak.At this point three separate body motions need to occur; the first is to slowly lean back arching your back (dive your head away from the air! It won’t feel natural you will want instinctively to do the opposite) this will start to bring the kayak flat.

C: Then start an outwards sweep of the paddle keeping the left hand touching the left side of your chest sweep the right hand out in a graceful arc. Rotate your core clockwise towards the back of the kayak keeping your eyes focused on the end of the paddle, and just for good measure engage the right knee with the masik or thigh brace/deck to provide additional righting moment for the kayak.

D: Do not heave down on the paddle during this roll, the sweep of the paddle across the surface will provide tremendous lift throughout the movement allowing you to gently right the kayak and slide onto the back deck. The last part of your body to get onto the back deck should be your head. When you finish your paddle should be at right angles to the kayak resting across your chest.

Two common mistakes that you may find yourself making are desperately trying to get your head out of the water first, to combat this concentrate on watching the end of the paddle and thinking “kayak first head last” as you roll. The second common mistake is to heave down on the paddle as soon as it surfaces rather than sweeping it out to the side, this is a natural response, your brain if it’s like everyone else panics and tells you again to desperately try and get to the surface, the best answer to this is to learn what your hang time is underwater, work to extend it and then force yourself to say “Don’t Panic”, or “Relax” when you are underwater, take a pause and only when relaxed start the roll.
Remember a good layback roll is vital to many of the more complex rolls so keep practicing on your form until you nail it with grace every time and you don’t feel lucky when you come up! Work on head position, knee/thigh pressure, and getting yourself really low on the back deck at the end.
For style points finish the roll by returning to the start position hunched forward.
And just for good measure let out a whoop for joy the first time you get it to work, I did, it felt great!

Safety note: When rolling it is important to think about protecting your shoulder, keeping your elbows close to your side can prevent you from placing your shoulder in harms way. To make sure this happens ensure your right hand grip is only a chest width away from your left hand. This will cause both of your hands to remain tucked in close to your body and protect your shoulder.

Rol groenlandés estándar

a) Pon la pala paralela al kayak por la izquierda, échate hacia delante. Tu mano derecha debe estar lo más adelantada. Ten la hoja con la palma. Dóblate con la frente hacia la rodilla izquierda y hacia fuera, girando tu cuerpo ligeramente a la izquierda. Vuelca hacia la izquierda.

b) Deja que el kayak gire del todo hasta que la pala atraviese la superficie. Gira tus hombros un poco para que tu pecho esté casi paralelo al kayak. Ahora recuéstate lentamente, arqueando tu espalda. Aleja tu cabeza del aire. No será natural e instintivamente querrás hacer lo opuesto. Esto empezará a adrizar el kayak.

c) Luego inicia un barrido hacia fuera. Mantén tu mano izquierda en el lado izquierdo de tu pecho. La mano derecha sigue un amplio arco. Gírate a derechas hacia la popa manteniendo los ojos fijos en la punta de la pala. Acciona tu rodilla derecha contra el masik o la muslera para ayudarte a adrizar el kayak.

d) No tires hacia abajo de la pala en este rol. El barrido sobre la superficie te dará un tremendo empuje en todo momento permitiéndote enderezar suavemente el kayak y ponerte sobre él. Lo último en situarse sobre el kayak debería ser tu cabeza. Cuando acabes, tu pala debe estar a la derecha del kayak, sobre tu pecho.


a) 準備動作,將船槳置於船左側,直指前方,與船身平行。右手在前,用整個手掌握住槳葉。前傾,前額朝向左膝外側,身體微轉向左側,由左側開始翻滾。

b) 等船完全翻轉朝下,槳葉浮出水面。稍微轉動你的肩膀,讓你的胸部幾乎與船平行。然後頭慢慢地往後仰,背部反弓起。把你的頭遠離空氣。這動作會與你的本能與自然反應相違背。

c) 然後用槳向外橫掃。保持你的左手在胸部左側的位置。右手持槳掃出一個優美的弧線。順時鐘往向船後側轉動軀幹,一直保持你的眼睛注視槳端。讓你的右膝蓋頂著大腿護墊或甲板,提供船的扶正力矩。

d) 過程中,務必不要向水下插槳。務必沿著水面掃槳,槳將提供你把船翻正的巨大力量,讓你可以徐徐的將船翻正,同時身體滑上後甲板,最後滑上後甲板的身體部位應該是你的頭部,當翻滾動作完成時,你的槳應該橫在胸前,與船成直角。


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