Archive for July, 2009

Set-Up Position

Question: Someone on your website asked about rolling when in motion. I have a question about this part of your answer, “Make sure you curl up to the surface into your set-up position, and check all the variables before starting the roll.” Are you saying that parts of your torso should be above the waterline, or do you mean that you are moving toward the surface, but most of you (except for perhaps the paddle and parts of your fists), are still beneath the surface?

Answer: Your underwater set-up position is a tucked forward position. While hanging upside down, reach your paddle up to the surface on the side of the kayak that you’ll be rolling up on. Your paddle should be parallel to the kayak and very close to it. Your paddle and hands should be on the surface or above it with your palms facing up. Your body should be curled forward so that your paddle is directly above your chest, with your shoulders square to the surface of the water.
Once you are in this set-up position, you can begin the sweep. During the sweep is when your body will unfold, moving from a tucked forward position to an arched back position, which will allow you to slide onto the back deck. During the sweep is also when you should lift your chin and place your eyebrows underwater.

Progression to Elbow Roll

Question: Recently I learned the Assammik Nerfallallugu (hand roll, front to back), and although I need to work on it to make the sweep smoother, I would be keen in progressing towards the elbow roll. Have you any tips in which I could focus?

Answer: The progression from Assammik Nerfallallugu (front to back hand roll) to Ikusaannarmik Pukusuk Patillugu (elbow roll), isn’t too difficult once you have the correct body movements for Assammik Nerfallallugu down. Work on fine tuning your hand roll, paying attention to the following (I will describe the roll as if you were working on a right side recovery):
– During your on-the-surface set-up, position your body to the far left side of the deck, twisting your body to get your shoulders as square to the water as possible (this will put you in a nice set-up position underwater).
– As you capsize, try to get your body to move in a U shape under the kayak, coming up with your face and shoulders as square to the surface as possible.
– Place your left hand over the left edge of the kayak deck (palm up), lift your right knee and hip and slide onto the back deck, keeping your chin in the air and your upper body relaxed.
Once you are able to do this without difficulty, you are ready to progress to the elbow roll. Following are some things to focus on (Once again I will describe the roll as if you were working on a right side recovery).
– During your on-the-surface set-up, put your right hand behind your head and twist your upper body to the left, turning your head and torso so that you are looking out to the left side of your kayak. Place your right elbow on the far left side of the deck (this will put you in a nice set-up position underwater).
– As with the hand roll, when you capsize try to get your body to move in a U shape under the kayak, coming up with your face and shoulders as square to the surface as possible.
– As soon as your face and shoulders are as close to the surface as they’re going to get, drive your right knee and hip up and simultaneously throw your upper body back, using it as a lever. Your back should be arched and your forehead should be deeper underwater than any other part of your body. Use your left hand as a counterweight by placing it palm up over the left edge of the kayak deck, and slide onto the back deck, keeping your chin in the air.
The power from this roll comes from your knee, hip and abdominal muscles on the recovery side (especially those muscles under your rib cage).

Explore North Coast Member Night: February 13, Eureka, California

www.explorenorthcoast.net

Date: February 13

Location: Member Night begins at 6 p.m. and is held at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center at 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka.

Description: Those familiar with such productions as ‘This is The Sea’ will have heard all about the tideraces and overfalls of Anglesey. But Wales is also rich in culture, characters and scenic journeys in less well-known areas, both inland and on the ocean. Mark’s presentation will offer a visual storyboard of places and paddling locations that may inspire audience members to journey across the Atlantic and have an adventure in Wales.

Contact: www.explorenorthcoast.net

BCU / ISKGA Week: February 23 to 28, Anglesey, Wales

Date: February 23 to 28

Location: Anglesey, Wales

Description: BCU Paddlesports Performance Awards and International Sea Kayak Guides Association Modules will run from Tuesday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 28 (following the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium). 

Contact: For a listing of classes, or more information, click HERE.

Helen Wilson Weekend 2012: June 22 to 24, Netherlands

www.zeekayakforum.nl

Date: June 22 to 24

Location: Netherlands
Description: This 3 day event includes two clinics on June 22, one clinic on June 23 and the first Dutch Greenland championships, which will include rolling, ropes and harpoons. There will be an evening BBQ on June 23 and two clinics on June 24.
Contact: For more information, e-mail freek@zeekayak.nl.
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