Front to Front Norsaq Roll

Question: My forward/forward norsaq roll only works the following way. First, I must open eyes and watch the outward sweep until the point of the “back down and under to touch the hull” part. Secondly, I can’t seem to leave the left hand touching the Qajaq. Only when I touch the back of the sweeping hand with the one that’s supposed to be left touching the gunnel, does it work. Thoughts?

Answer: I think that what I’m hearing is that you’re kind of doing a two handed norsaq roll, right? If that’s the only way this roll is working for you, then you’re using too much “arm” and not enough “body.” When I do this roll I find that the power comes from my abs. From your description, it sounds like you’re recovering on the right side of your qajaq, so I’ll describe it with that recovery:
– Extend directly out to the right side of your qajaq as far as you can.
– Reach up with not only your norsaq, but the top of your head as well. Try to get both out of the water. This should put a nice arch in your back.
– Meanwhile your left hand should be doing nothing. I hold the bottom of my qajaq. It’ll slide a bit during your extension, but just try to keep loose contact with the qajaq.
– When you think that your body is in the right position, focus all of your energy on the crunch. Basically, picture every internal organ squeezing into a spot a couple of couple of inches to the right of your belly button. Lift your knee to hit that spot, and slide your hunched upper body over the front deck. Your shoulders should stay square to the sea floor and then to the qajaq deck.
– With the norsaq, from the extended position, and while you’re doing all of the body movements described above, push it through the water to get some lift. Follow through until it hits the bottom of your qajaq. By this time, the rest of you should be up.
As with any roll, this really has way more to do with what you do with your body than what you do with whatever object you’re holding.

 

One Response to “Front to Front Norsaq Roll”

  • steve says:

    I love the visualization. If I practice with a thought or image (sometimes a sound) in mind I am better able to complete whatever it is im doing. I guess its a combo of Education / information, muscle strength, muscle memory, and then focus. I love it. I’d love to train with you 1 time Helen! (come to dog lake next summer!!)

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