[kaya-ooyook] 'He who rolls up with his paddle in his kayak after a capsize

 
 
 
 
The fact that you can roll a kayak was pretty much the only thing I knew about kayaking before I began to try. And when I did, I always wanted to learn to roll, so to me this is an essential part of this fantastic sport!
 
Thinking about this now, I guess it’s no big surprise that I ended up training Greenland style rolls.
The more I was involved in seakayaking the more I wanted to have a kayak that was of normal length (more than 5m), but max. 50 cm wide with as little volume as possible.  And when I then saw the Tahe Marine Greenland, I first wanted to have it because of its general shape and behaviour as a seakayak and not because it was a traditional Greenland style kayak.
 
The interest for Greenland style paddling came a bit later.
Again because I then knew well how to roll and was already trying some of the Greenland style rolls with a normal Euro paddle in addition to some fancy rolls I got from a white water kayaking book.
 
And as the next rolls in the natural progression could not be done with a normal Euro paddle, I bought my first Greenland style paddle to try.
It felt completely unusual and I only wanted to use it for rolling, not for trips. However I set myself the limit to try it for 100 km and after these, I not use both paddles for paddling and rolling.
The best fact in my opinion about a Greenland style paddle is that you can vary your technique and use it more actively than the modern Euro paddles which (of course) are more efficient, but also limited to one technique of forward stroke (if you want to use it efficiently).
 
The traditional Greenland style rolls were developed by the seal hunters of the Artic in order to survive under certain circumstances.
These traditions are today kept alive by annual competetions in Greenland style kayaking including races, rolling, robe gymnastics and harpoon throwing.
 
Here is the full overview of all the rolls from the Greenland championships, including the points you could get in the competetion.
 
Each roll is done on both sides and one point can be deducted if you manage, but your form is not ideal or you use your second and last attempt.
 
My self-evaluation is the following:
 
 0 - Never managed this roll so far.
 1 - I managed to do this at least once.
 2 - I manage this roll every now and then.
 3 - I manage this roll in each training session.
 4 - I manage less than 5 out of 10.
 5 - I manage more than 5 out of 10.
 6 - Roll usually does not fail.
 7 - I am even satisfied with the overall form.
 
I give me the points for an evaluation of 5 and more, but I never participated in any competetions yet.

 
Actually I am working on my sculling rolls and forward ending fistrolls.
 
Last update of evaluation: 30.09.2016
 
Name of roll
Points
Evaluation Left
Evaluation Right
My Points
Norwegian Championships 2015
Side scull
2
7
7
4
4
Chest scull
2
7
7
4
4
Standard roll
2
7
7
4
4
Paddle in crook of arm
3
7
7
6
6
Storm roll
3
7
7
6
6
Reverse roll
3
7
7
6
6
Spine roll
3
6
6
6
6
Held behind back roll
3
6
6
6
4
Standard roll with paddle behind head
4
7
7
8
8
Reverse roll with paddle behind head
4
7
7
8
8
Armpit / Shotgun roll
3
7
7
6
6
Vertical sculling roll
4
5
5
8
7
Sculling roll with paddle on foredeck
4
6 5 8
4
Sculling roll with paddle behind back
 5
3
0
0
0
Roll with arm crossed
5
7 7
10
9
Sculling roll with paddle under kayak
5
5
0
5
5
Successive storm rolls in 10 s
5
 5
5
10
6
Successive standard rolls in 10 s
4
5
5
8
8
Roll with hunting float (Avataq)
5
7
7
10
-
Norsaq, start forward, finish forward
6
7 6
12
11
Norsaq, start aft, finish forward
6
7 6
12
12
Norsaq, start forward, finish aft
6
7
7
12
12
Handroll, start forward, finish forward
7
5
3
7
14
Handroll, start aft, finish forward
7
5
5
14
7
Handroll, start forward, finish aft
7
7
7
14
7
Roll with fist, start forward, finish forward
8
0
0
0
0
Roll with fist, start aft, finish forward
8
0
0
0
0
Roll with fist, start forward, finish aft
8
7
7
16
16
Roll with brick, start forward, finish forward
9
0
0
0
0
Roll with brick, start aft, finish forward
9
0
0
0
0
Roll with brick, start forward, finish aft
9
 5
5
18
18
Elbow roll
10
5
5
20
19
Straight jacket, no hands roll
11
0
0
0
0
Paddling upside down, min 5m
1/[m]
5m
5m
5
5
Walrus pull
9
0
0
0
-
Points sum
 
 
 
253
229
 
 
My equipment for Greenland style kayaking and rolling
 
 
My Qajaq: a black Tahe Marine Greenland with 40x50 cm cockpit and additional 3mm foam thigh pads and removed backrest.
 
 
 
My Greenland style paddles: one normal and one stormpaddle built from wood to my body measurements for ideal handling.
 
 
My tuiliq from chillcheater.com according to my measurements for ideal fit. Nose plug attached.
 
My Norsaqs for Norsaq handrolls. Not yet for harpoon throwing, but I will try,..
 
My Avataq (hunting float) from Brooks.com for Avataq rolls, rolling aid and help for teaching.
 
 
 
Other useful rolling equipment.
 
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