12 Vertical Sculling Roll

Vertical sculling roll is the easiest of the sculling rolls according to me. As I discussed in the post for chest sculling most people don't scull at first when they lay on the belly, just pry. When I realised that I did just that, pry while I should be chest sculling I went back and started over. That helped me to develop a powerful scull, and frankly "sculling is sculling, is sculling" as Turner Wilson wisely stated. Sculling is a bit different from sweeping back and forth, I go a bit faster and use a lot more blade angle. When I fail it is almost always the same mistake, too fast, not wide enough and not aggressive enough blade angle. It is a bit hard to practice but; chest sculling and then the vertical sculling "roll" is my way to go. 

There are some variations to this roll so be sure to check and double check the rules in your country! 
First variation is to actually roll all the way. This is a bit easier but also more disorientating. I can use the momentum of the capsize to get up on the other side. I personally haven't practised this very much and I have problems twisting the paddle to come into the sculling/recovery position.  
Second is how to hold your hands. Palms in or palms out. Cheri and Turner teach palms "in"  in their amazing video "This is the Roll 2" so that was the way I first learned. It makes for a rather smooth forward finish recovery. If I hold my palms out the starting position feels very familiar and is a draw stroke or bow rudder or sculling for going sideways. The sculling also feels more powerful, but forward recovery is difficult so I tend to come up almost straight. I don't think the palm in our out makes much difference to how hard the roll is, so practice both if your rules don't state exactly how to score. 

Judges note: (Swedish rules!)
Up and down on the same side. Palms in or out doesn't matter but the paddle can not deviate from vertical more than normal wiggle. 

(Another rule set: Palms out at setup, palms in at recovery. 360 degree roll, capsize on one side and recover on the other.)

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>