The “Roll”

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These photos were taken of club members, and while not perfect technique (you should be looking down at the paddle as you come out of the water), show the graceful motion required to pull off just getting upright. By far the most difficult skill to master, the roll is the quickest way to right yourself in a kayak. Limber people have an advantage for doing this, as it is best to lean back and touch the rear deck as you perform this maneuver. The key for learning the roll is to get some good instruction starting off, because trying to do it the wrong way makes mastering it much more difficult. So get training from Jen at Aqua Adventures. It is money well spent.

We will be adding a video to this page later on so you can see the full sequence.

-Contributed by Jay Murdock