30 Brick Roll Reverse Sweep

The Brick roll Reverse Sweep has very much in common with the front to front brick roll so please read what I had to say about that first. I will mainly comment on differences here. 

I find the Brick roll Reverse Sweep a bit harder than the Brick roll Front to Front since I haven't found how to use the sweep in an effective way. I simply move my body to the pry position as in the front to front roll and hope for the best. I need to practice getting more power out of the sweep, or maybe it's just how I feel when doing it? 

My main challenge is to keep the brick/rock high in the water so it is at the surface as I reach the pry position, or "face down float". Not that there is much "float" holding a 4 kg rock over my head. If I succeed with the rock position I usually succeed, but as previously stated, there are no margins for errors. I try to use my legs to hold a "pressure" in my qajaq as I sweep and then as I push the rock down, crunch my abs and try to get my nose to my knee. I want to really flip the qajaq to upright. Here's where an old guys anatomy can get in the way once in a while, to both lay "flat" with my shoulders on the surface and get my hips turned to be able to crunch. I get stuck from time to time, there is no way I can pull off this roll without a good warming up. 

As always I'm not quite happy with my form in the video above but I got up, didn't I? 
A little sculling at the end, well the roll would be accepted but depending on the judge a point may be taken off. 

Judges note: Start holding the brick at the rear gunwale.

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>