18 Successive Standard Rolls

By now you have probably have a reliable Greenland Standard Roll. Normally I try to do my rolls as slow as possible to develop my technique but this is different. Nothing to it? Well if you are satisfied with 3 rolls in 10 seconds fine, no extra info needed. I have seen 6 rolls and that is amazing and it can win you the competition.

So yes there are a couple of tricks to get to five or six. 
First of all, I chase that surface with my head, keep as low to the qajaq as I can. I usually don't lean all the way forward while above water but as I get into the wet I crunch. I have to twist my torso as well, it helps me to get out of the water.

Second, the paddle sweep is quite different. I don't extend my paddle all the way but use the "back part" of it to cut into the water and pull myself in. It feels much the same as when I started to learn Sculling rolls, the first "slashing" of the paddle to get deep. When I get it right, and it is hard to get the correct angle of the blade together with the right force and speed, it really speeds up my capsize. 

Judges note: 
The time start when the head hits the water and a roll is considered complete when the head comes out of the water. 

This article was updated on 24/04/04

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>