Kayaking Technique Forum

Find advice on all aspects of kayaking and using small boats on big water

Accelerated learning

Boy, what a difference it is to have somebody egging me on! I did pretty good in rolling class last night, I'm proud of myself.

I think partly because I had no idea what the different roll types are, and I would fail at one and try something different, and never really understand either. Now, I am hitting what he called a "classic sweep roll" quite reliably. Leaning back instead of forward, and sweeping with extended paddle. Not much hip snap. I even did the petrussen deal, but nobody noticed. The skirt came off and the whitewater boat filled with water and sank.

I noticed right off that the whitewater blades they use have a LOT more beef to lean on then the green/euro combination that I have been using. I'm unsure what to think about that, it'll be interesting to try my paddle again and compare the difference.

And oddly, I still cannot determine which side is stronger. I hit the C-to-C right off the bat, on both sides, with thier paddle. When I started to get tired, he showed me some pointers and I started hitting sweep rolls. If I miss on one side, I'll hit the other. If I miss the C to C I'll hit the sweep. I guess I can live with that.... Cant wait to get back to the lake on Sunday!

Thanks Greg and Murray, and Shawn and Woody, and everybody else, for the encouragement and tips. They all help a LOT!!

Messages In This Thread

Accelerated learning
Re: Or is it?
Re: Or is it?
Re: Or is it?
Padding one's cockpit?
Re: Padding one's cockpit?
Re: Padding one's cockpit?
Re: Padding one's cockpit?
Re: Padding one's cockpit?
Re: Padding one's cockpit?
Re: Old favorites
Re: And a question
Re: And a question
Re: And a question