Kayak Rolling: The Black Art Demystified
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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How to Roll
Learning to Roll C to C as the Core
Learning to Roll The Back Deck Roll
Body Problems Hip and Waist
Paddle Movement Problems
Preparing to Venture Out
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back deck roll blade angle Blowing Bubbles boat is upside body action canoe Capsize and Exit capsize drill Cheshire coach cockpit cold water confidence or orientation develop Diving Mask easier to roll exercise will help eyes open find the set flat water Flexibility and Control following exercise Half Roll head under water help sort Hip and Waist hip-flick holding the paddle leaning forward learning to roll let the boat Loel Collins Love Handles moving water nose once the boat paddle blade Paddle dives paddle shaft paddlers Pawlata Plas y Brenin practise previous exercise push range of movement recovered Relax Repeat the exercises return to centre rough water Salsa sea kayak set up position side to side skill support your body surf sweep your hands swim tap the boat techniques Top Arm trapeze Try capsizing upright waist actions Waist Flexibility Water Confidence water roll wave whilst white water