Kayak Rolling Concepts

Is a “Bombproof Roll” too Much to Ask for?

Is a “bombproof roll” too much to ask for? Doesn’t everyone, well—nearly everyone, eventually go for a swim? Which would mean to say that there is “no such thing” as a bomb-proof roll. We say not true. It is time to differentiate between the inevitability of having an “out of boat experience” and the potential… Continue reading Is a “Bombproof Roll” too Much to Ask for?

Kayak Rolling Concepts

Why A Pool Roll Is Not Always A Whitewater Roll

During the winter, it is tempting to save all your roll practice for the pool.   And for some - the winter pool sessions are the only time a roll is really ever practiced intentionally.  True, winter paddling is not really conducive to lots of roll practice for most of us, given the tendency to strive… Continue reading Why A Pool Roll Is Not Always A Whitewater Roll

Kayak Rolling Concepts

Falling over is Easy…It’s the rolling back up

Whether a canoe or a kayak, one of the more challenging techniques to learn is rolling back up (the falling over can be very easy!!).  It is because rolling is technique and muscle memory. Trying to learn technique/develop muscle memory is a bit more challenging when you are upside down (aka: in a low oxygen… Continue reading Falling over is Easy…It’s the rolling back up

Kayak Rolling Concepts, Kids Outdoors

My Daughter’s First Combat Roll

Shared by Todd McGinnis (aka: proud father) Well while y’all were styl’n the Upper Ocoee and the Gauley I got to spend an awesome weekend with Olivia on the Nanty as she took part in the slalom Clinic with the Nantahala Racing Club. This is a great clinic and is the second one she has taken.… Continue reading My Daughter’s First Combat Roll

Kayak Rolling Concepts

Contextual Interference And Rolling Your Kayak on Both Sides

Directional rolling is at the heart of our kayak instruction program. Part of learning directional rolling is learning to roll on both sides (since we cannot train the river to let us tip over to just one preferred side!!). There is always concern that starting to learn the lefty/righty/off-side/other-side roll will mess up all that… Continue reading Contextual Interference And Rolling Your Kayak on Both Sides

Kayak Rolling Concepts

Directional Rolling-It is Not a One-Sided Affair

Directional rolling is at the heart of our kayak instruction program. Part of learning directional rolling is learning to roll on both sides (since we cannot train the river to let us tip over to just one preferred side!!). There is always concern that starting to learn the lefty/righty/off-side/other-side roll will mess up all that… Continue reading Directional Rolling-It is Not a One-Sided Affair

Kayak Rolling Concepts

What’s the big deal about Directional Rolling?

Rolling your kayak: Onside/offside/righty/lefty/directional/switching... Question: Why do we think that onside should be called the righty roll, and offside a lefty roll? How about this for an answer: The baggage that an "offside" roll carries is almost so weighty that many do not even try using their "offside roll"-sometimes let alone even learning their "offside"… Continue reading What’s the big deal about Directional Rolling?