Kayak Rolling: The Black Art Demystified

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Pesda Press, 2004 - Canoes and canoeing - 76 pages
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Learn to Roll - Improve your roll - Develop a bomb-proofroll. A visual approach to learning to roll a kayak ordeveloping a 'bomb-proof' rough water roll. Rolling islearnt by working through a sequence of exercises toallow the learner to 'feel' what is required. I remembermy first roll. It was on the river Tawe in South Wales. Iactually pushed off the bottom but it was enough to makeme realise that I could do it. That incident is livingproof to me that the secret of rolling under pressure ismostly in the head. However I also remember my last swim.getting tumbled down a shallow creek in California andrealising that no one's roll is perfect. For some theappeal of rolling is that it is perceived as the ultimateskill for the kayaker. For many people this is simplybecause they've had such a hard time trying to master theroll they are convinced that it must be the pinnacle ofskill. The truth is that it is often possible to getpeople to roll very quickly if you push the rightbuttons, but that it then falls apart once you hit thecold water because the skill isn't strong enough. Peoplebecome disillusioned and convinced it's some kind ofblack art. I wanted to write a simple book about how tolearn to roll and how to deal with any little problemsthat may arise. Here it is!
 

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Contents

How to Roll
11
Learning to Roll C to C as the Core
21
Learning to Roll The Back Deck Roll
28
Trouble Shooting
36
Body Problems Hip and Waist
41
Paddle Movement Problems
48
Preparing to Venture Out
58
Rolling Outdoors
68
Conclusion
76
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Loel Collins is the head of the canoeing department at Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre, and was formerly the Director of the National White Water Centre, Canolfan Tryweryn. Loel is one of the UKs leading coaches. His passion lies in coaching white water skills and exploring and travelling in both kayak and canoe. He has paddled and taken part in first descents in many parts of the world including Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Iran... and he has a reasonably reliable roll!

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