Roll of the day – Paddle Held in front

Paddle in front roll The paddle held in front roll has many other less appropriate names. Use your imagination I am sure you will guess them. It is an easy roll for anyone comfortable with their Standard Greenland roll. It uses the same body movements as the standard roll and provides considerable support through the paddle. It is a good roll for learning about changing the angle of the paddle relative to the body as the roll progresses. Changing the paddle angle is one of the success factors for the Spine Roll which is a standard Greenland competition roll. This roll is considerably easier than the Spine roll as the hands and hence paddle are held in front of the body making it simpler to control. The hands being in front also makes it easier to recover as your knuckles don’t get crushed between your body and the back deck.
You can view the video and tutorial here.

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