The forward finishing rolls are based on a
forward recovery position probably known to most paddlers as a roll for white
water kayaking as a layback roll would expose the head to underwater rocks.
The possibility to move your hips are more
restricted and your center of gravity is farther away from the center, so
timing is more important for these kind of rolls.
These forward recovering rolls are a good training and basis before you try the handrolls that shall finish forward.
The storm roll is a roll I always liked, but it took me nonetheless a long time until I got it to work the right way.
The idea is that you lie on your foredeck and almost stay there during the roll.
To roll back up after the capsize the paddle is extended towards the side lying on the water surface. To chieve this, you need one hand on top of the capsized kayak and the other in the middle of the paddle on the water surface. That means that the one hand on the boat is on the underside of your hull before you begin the roll.
For a left roll you start with your left hand at the end of the right paddle blade and you right hand in the middle of the paddle shaft.
Lie on your foredeck and capsize to the left.
When you are fully capsized, extend the paddle so that it has a 90 degree angle with the kayaks longitudinal axis and lies on the water surface.
Now, pull down with your right hand and engage your right knee with the foredeck to rotate the kayak back under you while your head stays where it is.
The reverse roll is quite different from the standard roll and needs some practice and understanding of the movement.
You use a forward sweep from stern to bow to create lift, but instead of 'hanging' below the working blade during the sweep, you stay on top of it and press downwards into the water.
For a left roll extend your paddle to right and place your left hand on one paddle blade and the other in the middle of the paddle shaft.
Now rotate your body to the right until your right shoulder points towards the stern of your kayak.
Place the right paddle blade on the water surface right of your kayak (from your point of view) and capsize backwards.
Arch your back backwards to reach the surface with your head.
Now begin the sweep in what feels to your from right to the left exactly as during the chest scull. The left hand is deep in the water on a long arm while the right moves the paddle. You create your lift with pressing the paddle down into the water.
Recover with your head low on the foredeck.
Paddle behind back Roll
This roll I tried so many times, again and again, but it took me years to actually do it. (Ok was not training for two years in between)
I saw this on the internet and it looks soooo easy! I still think it's not, but it looks that way once you can do it. ;-)
For a left roll extend your paddle to the right and place it on your backdeck with your right hand on the paddle shaft and your left hand on the right paddle blade, palm facing down.
Now rotate to the right and place the paddle on the water surface so that from your point of view the kayak is left to the paddle.
Now capsize backwards.
What comes now is very hard to describe and is more a think you have to get a feeling for,... Get the extended paddle blade out of the water or on the water surface and begin your sweep stroke while you already start to turn your kayak. At the same time you have to get to your foredeck with your upper body.
When the paddle has a 90 degree angle with your kayaks longitudinal axis, then press it down into the water like for storm roll / roll with arms crossed to recover.
Reverse Roll with paddle behind head
This is a nice variation of the reverse roll, which took me quite long to learn. I guess this was mainly because i started to early and was not even secure in the normal reverse roll.
To do a left roll, extend your paddle to the right and place the left blade behind your head. Now rotate to the right and capsize backwards.
The movement is the same as for the reverse roll, however instead of pushing from above onto the blade, now the paddle is behind your head so you more or less 'hang' below the paddle.
Of course you still push down into the water, but as the paddle is behind your head it feels like pulling the paddle into your neck.
Same sweep and recovery as for the normal reverse roll.
Roll with arms crossed
How i hated this roll: low points at the beginning of the list and looks quite easy on youtube videos, but I tried ages to perform my first real one,...
Ok, for me this was because I wasn't even good at the storm roll, so no wonder.
Actually this is exactly the storm roll, only that your leading hand is exchanged.
Another important thing for both rolls: do not begin your roll before the paddle is on the water surface or even above in the air.
For a left roll have both hands in the middle of the paddle shaft, the left one more foreward and on top of the right hand which is more aft, both hands have contact with each other.
Place your paddle on your left side and let it float on the surface.
Now capsize to the left.
Under water extend the paddle so that it has a 90 degree angle with the longitudinal axis and is on the water surface or slightly above.
Now your hands should be next to the kayak on the kayaks left side. After the roll you'll have the hands on the kayaks right side, so you have to move them in an arc over the foredeck (and the kayak underneath them) during the roll.
Keep your head on the foredeck all the times.
To make it slightly easier, you can extend the paddle before capsizing, so that your hands are lying at one end of the paddle shaft.
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