[kaya-ooyook] 'He who rolls up with his paddle in his kayak after a capsize
Sculling describes a continuous back and
forth movement with the paddle blade at a slight angle to create a more or less
This can be used for bracing and
maneuvering as well, e.g. to move you kayak sideways.
In the Greenland style rolling
competitions, you have to use sculling for two different braces and four rolls.
Vertical sculling roll
This roll is sometimes done as a full roll or where you capsize and recover on the same side.
I prefer the full roll version.
Important is that the paddle is held almost vertically during
the whole roll, so you have a vertical paddle under your kayak, make
sure that the water is deep enough!
For a roll to the left hold the left hand at the right end of
your paddle and your right hand on the middle of the left blade or near
to the shaft. Both palms facing outwards.
Now capsize to the left.
When you are upside down, swing your palms inwards and begin the sculling.
Recover with your head low on the foredeck and make sure this
does not become one quick motion without sculling as it is also
possible to recover with a brace-like technique.
Sculling roll with paddle on foredeck
To learn this roll you should make sure that your sculling is quite effective.
Lean low on your foredeck with paddle in neutral position (not extended).
I place my hands on the transition between the shaft and the blades because I can control the sculling better that way.
Now for a left roll capsize to the left and make sure your
paddle is hitting the water with the small edge of the paddle blades to
not loose your momentum.
When your movement under water begins to slow down, usually
you would already be a bit on the right side and not just right under
your kayak, begin the sculling motion while you keep your head low on
the foredeck and the pressure on your right knee.
5-6 scullings motions and you should be up again.
It helps to think about strong forward sculling and try to make the sculling motions wider the more you advance through the roll.
To get any points in competetion your paddel has to stay horizontal on your foredeck (masik) through the roll which is not too easy in the beginning.
Sculling roll with paddle above backrest
I managed these rolls just recently, so the form is not yet very good, bu t to give an impression, here they are (soon to be replaced by better quality videos):
Sculling roll with paddle under kayak
I tried this roll for more than 5 years once in an while before I managed my first one!
Guess it was important to actually learn proper sculling by going through the vertical and foredeck sculling roll first.
Also my paddles are not good for sculling and I now hold the paddle in a different way than for the vertical and foredeck sculling roll, too.
For a roll to the left I place my right hand on the shaft next to the right blade so that the blades are horizontal with my elbow directly above the paddle as this is the best placement for a strong sculling.
My left hand I place on the left blade near the shaft where the blade is a bit narrower.
Now I tilt my wrists backwards to have the paddle blades cut into the water and not hit it with full size during capsizing.
When upside down I begin with a backward scull and a very strong forward scull which brings me in the 90 degrees position which is the hardest as you would normally 'fall' back in. So here it is even more important to not loose your motion and continue with strong sculling movements.
When done well it does not take more than 5-6 sculling motions before you are back up and can breathe and enjoy that you did it!
During my first quite successfull rolls I was too happy and would go back down as I stopped too early.
Also sometimes I overdue the angles, keep the angles very small!