[kaya-ooyook] 'He who rolls up with his paddle in his kayak after a capsize
 
 
 
Basically you have three rolls you have to perform with less and less possibility to create lift, so your technique and timing have to get better as you advance.
 
First version is done with a throwing stick (Norsaq) which has more area than you hand, which is the next step.
Then you try with clenched first to further reduce you effective area and last but not least you do these rolls while holding a brick of several kg in your hand!

Norsaq roll, start forward, finish aft

This is the first hand roll you'll probably learn.
The layback version is the easiest one and done with the Norsaq provides the most lift.
 
For a left roll take the Norsaq in your right hand. Let the wider side of the Norsaq stick out and grasp in a way that you have support at your wrist with the thinner end.
Now lean forward and place the right hand with Norsaq palm down onto the foredeck.
Your left hand stays still at the left side of the cockpit during the roll.
Capsize to the left and reach out with the Norsaq to the water surface before you start your sweep with palm facing upwards.
The body motion is the same as for the standard Greenland roll.

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Norsaq roll, start aft, finish forward

This is a bit easier to learn than the forward to forward roll as you can create lift during the reverse sweep.
 
For me this roll has three phases:
 1. Capsize and reach for the surface
 2. Sweep forward parallel to the water surface
 3. Press the Norsaq down into the water
 
For a left roll take the Norsaq in your right hand and rotate your body to the right, shoulders parallel to the longitudinal axis of the kayak.
Left hand stays next to the cockpit during the roll.
 1. Now capsize backwards and also arch your back backwards to reach the surface with your Norsaq.
 2. Once there begin the sweep to the bow and begin to rotate the kayak from your hips.
 3. You should already have rolled up half way before you use the right hand for a downward movement deep into the water. During this movement also press your upper body and head into the water from your abs.
The Norsaq makes a big arch downwards and ends at the kayaks underside of the hull. 
Recover flat on the foredeck.
 
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Norsaq roll, start forward, finish forward
For me the hardest version of the three handrolls.
 
For a left roll take the Norsaq into your right hand and lean forward until you lie flat on your foredeck the right hand a bit further out than your head palm facing down.
The left hand stays at the left side of your cockpit during the roll.
Capsize to the left and stay flat on the foredeck to not loose momentum during the rolling motion.
Once your movement begins to slow on the other side, reach out with your right arm as far away from the kayak as you can reach without lifting your head too much from the deck (a bit is ok).
Now make sure your Norsaq is on the water surface before you press it down in a big arc motion until it reaches the underside of your kayaks hull.
At the same time to the Norsaq motion, rotate the kayak with your hips.
All in all you have less time and possibility to create lift than with the aft to forward version, so timing also is essential.

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