[kaya-ooyook] 'He who rolls up with his paddle in his kayak after a capsize
The rolls described here are not part of the official Greenland rolling competetion, but nonetheless worth knowing, learning and having fun with!
Continuous roll, paddle on foredeck
This is a good roll in the beginning of the forward finishing rolls. You lie on your foredeck and have the paddle in front of you with paddle blades either extending equally to both sides or extending to one side a bit more.
You roll to one side, stay in the forward position and then grab the paddle that lies on the water surface with one hand to roll up.
Best way to not loose your paddle is to exchange hands and reduce the time without contact to the paddle as much as possible.
Invisible paddle continuous roll
If you have a solid chest scull, you can try this amazing roll.
The paddle is held under the kayak with one end extended, let's say to the right.
Now you grab the paddle with your left hand and capsize to the left.
Get hold of the paddle with your right hand a bit further to the shaft than your right hand and brace up with the forward finishing chest scull move, but before you are completely upright, slide the left end of the paddle under the hull with your right hand and grab the end with your left. With a bit of practice, the paddle should stay under water all the time and you should be able to do this in a fluent motion.
Roll with an invisible Paddle
This roll really looks cool once you are able to do it. Basically you have to be able to roll with resistance of your torso and upper arms alone and I would class this one together with the elbow roll.
Paddle flip over roll
Another roll that is pretty easy, but looks cool to an audience!
For a roll to the left, put the paddle under your kayak with the right side extending to the right.
Now grab the paddle with the left hand at the end of the left paddle blade and the right hand at the shaft.
Capsize to the left while you let go of your right hand.
When you are fully capsized, pull the paddle in an arc over the kayak with your left hand and immediately roll up.
This is a pretty easy roll.
You fold your arms across your chest holding the paddle with one hand in the middle of the shaft.
Now you capsize and open up your arms (like a butterfly) while using the full paddle lying on the water surface for resistance.
White water reverse roll
The first reverse roll I learned with a Euro paddle.
For a left roll you grab the Euro paddle as you would during paddling, then push your left arm forward and the right arm to your left shoulder. The paddle shall now be more or less on your left side alongside the kayaks longitudinal axis.
Now you capsize to the left.
Your right paddle blade next to your left shoulder should now be in a good position for the backward sweep from stern to bow.
This is a high brace position and therfore different form the Greenland style version: you hang below your paddle blade instead of pushing down on it during the sweep.
Recover in a forward position with paddle ready for low brace on your right side.
Handroll, start aft, finish aft
Even easier to learn than the front to aft version from the championships.
You lie on your backdeck with your back of your head touching the kayak.
Aft finishing sculling roll
An easier sculling roll, so this could be your way towards the sculling horizontal on foredeck roll.
Have the paddle in normal paddle position, not extended.
Now lean backwards until your back rests on your backdeck, the paddle is held horizontal before your chest.
Capsize and scull up in this position, your upper body should not move too much.
Double elbow roll
The slightly harder version of the elbow roll as you cannot use your second arm to swing over.
Fold your hands and place on the back of your head so that both elbows extend to the sides of your head.
Fold the elbows forward while you capsize to not break the rolling momemtum.
When your movement slows down expand both elbows to the sides of your head again and push your upper body backwards at a slight angle to create lift with your upper body and extended elbows.
Recover really with mouth last out of the water head and upper body touching the backdeck of your kayak.
To arch your back and twist your spine are key elements to succeed.
Norsaq Spine Roll
This is even harder than the single and double elbow roll as you have less area to roll with!