1 Side Sculling

Easy? Well it can be, and not... Whenever I fail any back-finishing rolls I go back to basics - to side sculling. It's easy to start cheating, not using your complete range of motion and the tools available. 
To get a 2 point score you need to show the judge that you have control of yourself and your qajaq. At least one shoulder in the water and tip the qajaq up to at least 90 degrees. Correct, normally you don't try to tip the qajaq over you, you're trying to keep it flat, but this is competition. Give the judge all you can so the scoring is easy, full 2 points per side. 

As you practice, try to get both shoulders, your entire torso in the water, get your eyebrows wet, keep one hand "fixed" over your shoulder, sweep wide and slow. My example may not be the greatest but I'm practising. 

Judges note: 
At least one shoulder shall be in contact with the water. 

This article was updated on 24/04/02

David Täng

<p>David is a Rolling Lunatic! That is; he is a member of the Kayak club called "The Rolling Lunatics" or "Rolltokarna". David builds qajaqs and greenland paddles for himself and for some close friends. In 2022 he finished third in the Danish Greenland Rolling Championships (336p). In 2023 he won both the Danish (348p) and Swedish Greenland Rolling Championships (370p).  Favourite quote: "A wet David is a happy David!" He lives on the west coast of Sweden, in Onsala south of Gothenburg. He is a dedicated Judo player (Nidan) as well as a Windfoil surfer. I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me on: david.o.tang@gmail.com</p>