14 Sculling Roll with Paddle held above Isserfik

The Sculling Roll with Paddle held above Isserfik or "backrest" is the hardest sculling roll for me. I find it hard to bend forward when my hands are behind me in strange angles and it's easy to engage the wrong leg. 

The detail I spend most time on is how to hold the paddle. WHAT?  YES!  I don't get the full power of the sculling in this position so I really need to have all the power I can get in both sculling directions. If my hands are positioned for a powerful forward scull, the backward scull seems to be more of a "transport of the paddle" stroke. I have found that I hold the paddle best if the edge of the blade comes all the way in between my thumb and first finger. My friend holds it in a different way so you try it out for yourself. 

In all three of the sculling rolls what go all the way around I push with the leading hand and try to hold the trailing hand in a fixed position. When I started practice I pulled with both hands to no use and broke a couple of paddles in the process, they make nice norsaqs. 

Judges note:
Have to scull the way around, not just one sweep.

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>