Hand roll, front to front

Assammik Masikkut

Hand roll, start tucked forward, finish tucked forward

A: Like the forward forward norsaq roll, this roll requires commitment and belief. The closer you can keep your chest to the foredeck the easier this roll will be to complete. Start by hugging the deck, reach around the kayak with your left arm and pull yourself low onto the deck start with your right hand palm forwards an the back of your hand touching your head.

B: Keep the right knee engaged through out the roll. With your right hand reach as far left as you can, roll in. when upside down reach as far away from the kayak as possible and attempt to get your head to the surface.

C: Begin rolling the kayak by crunching all your abs and bringing your chin to your chest. start bringing the kayak upright with your abs and hips before starting to sweep your hand down.

D: Then sweep your hand in a huge arc. Your hand should already be a far streched out as possible from step B. The arc continues until your hand isfully underneath the hull on the right side of the kayak. The further away from the kayak you can reach the better the leverage you get. Try and keep your chest in contact with the deck through out the entire roll. and stay down until you are up. Commit to the roll by keeping the arc going until your hand is touching the underside of the hull, that last part of the sweep may be the final bit of thrust you need to get the kayak upright. This roll is made easier if you can keep the kayak moving throughout the roll, don’t let it come to a stop or you will be fighting the inertia of the kayak to get it rolling.

So the key points to this roll: a massive reach and sweep down of the right arm, and hug that kayak throughout the roll with your opposite arm keeping your chest low and tight to the deck.

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