For all of these type of rolls you end
lying on your back deck of your kayak, so the easier and further you can lie
back, the easier these rolls will be.
It all starts with the normal standard roll
which most kayakers will know. You capsize and use a long sweep with one
extended paddle blade to create a lift while your body rotates the kayak back
The advanced rolls of this category are all
basically done the same way, except that the lift is created in different
All layback rolls shall be done with the working or underside of the paddle blade facing down towards the water.
For layback Norsaq and Handrolls your palm shall face upwards.
Standard Greenland Roll
For a left roll extend your paddle to the right and place it at the left side of your kayak.
Capsize to the left.
When the paddle reaches the water surface, sweep in an arc to the stern of the kayaks and lean back on your backdeck during the movement. The paddle shall be in front of your torso all the time.
Recover lying on the back deck, the paddle on your chest and extending to the right.
During the roll the paddle should not submerge deep into the water, but stay more or less on the surface.
Paddle in Crook of Arm
This roll (as most of these rolls) is basically done in the same way as the standard roll. Paddle and body movements are the same, only that you are note allowed to grip the paddle with both hands.
For a left roll extend the paddle to the right and grip the left blade with your left hand. The middle of the paddle shaft is placed in your right elbow.
Put the paddle on the kayaks left side on the water surface and capsize to the left.
When your are fully capsized and your paddle has reached the other water surface begin the sweep and body movement.
You have to press down on the paddle shaft with your right elbow, therefore it feels as if you would pull it down towards you.
For this roll the paddle is hold behind your back extending over your head.
So you have to press down into the water with your back which feels like leaning backwards during the roll.
For a left roll place your right hand on the paddle shaft right next to your left paddle blade and grip the left blade with your left hand behind your back.
The paddle has not to be directly in line with your spine, it's ok to have it extending over your left shoulder which makes it a bit easier.
Now bend forward so that your extended paddle blade toughes the water on the left side of the kayak and capsize to the left.
Following the same body movement as for the standard roll you have to lean backwards to create lift with your paddle down into the water.
Standard roll with paddle behind head
I always found this roll quite easy as it differs not too much from the standard roll.
For a left roll grab the left paddle blade with your left hand and the shaft with your right hand. Now place the left hand behind your head on the neck.
Lean forward and to the left so that the paddle gets in the same starting positon as for the standard roll. Capsize to the left.
Again to create lift you have to pull with your right hand down into the water during the sweeping movement.
Armpit / Shotgun Roll
One of the first rolls I leaned and that was with a Euro paddle where the blades have an angle towards each other.
For a roll to the left lock the right end of your paddle in your right shoulder joint and grab the shaft with your right hand.
The left hand stays next the cockpit on the left side of the kayak during the whole roll and is not used.
Locate the tip of the paddle on the left side of the kayak's bow and lean forward to capsize to the left.
Now with your right hand describe an outward facing arch, palm facing upwards to create lift and at the same time begin to roll the kayak with your lower body.
When you recovered the paddle extends to the right side of the kayak at more of less 90 degrees angle to the longitudinal axis of the kayak.
Left 1st person underwater view
Roll with hunting float (Avataq)
This is practically the standard Greenland roll with the hunting float as resistance to the movement.
The Avataq is bound fast on the back deck of your kayak.
With this you won't capsize as you do without the float, so instead of concentrating on righting your kayak, you have to concentrate on submerging the float.
Begin very early with actively pressing the float into the water with your hips. Once it is under water and on the other side, you will pop up on that side, so recovering is no big problem.
I actually learned this one together with Dubside as he gave me valuable input how to proceed with this roll.
First step was to float in balance brace with hand behind my head, so in elbow roll position. Then try to come up to the back deck from this position.
Next step was to roll in floating position, then come up on the back deck and once that was ok, try to do this in one fluent motion.
Straight jacket roll
Am managing the double elbow roll (see 'Other rolls') right now on both sides and will work to get my arms closer and closer to straightjacket position,...
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