6 Reverse Sweep

The Reverse Sweep is also a great roll, love it!

With that said I probably should tell you that I find the aft to front rolls down the competition list the most challenging. With a paddle it's ok, but after you loose it... Really hard!

When I started to learn the RS I had a problem with disorientation. The good news is that I can pause as I surface on the new side with the paddle pressed against the aft gunwale until I get my ups and downs straight. The sweep is really powerful, if you want it to be. I started with just a "transport" from the aft gunwale to perpendicular and then used a pry to recover. This works just fine for the standard RS but with the paddle behind my back or neck it really isn't enough. In these rolls I need to take advantage of the sweep. 

So now, many years later I try to re-learn the roll with a powerful sweep and legdrive to get the other RS type rolls. 

As always, go both sides as soon as you get your first successful roll - it really pays off. 

Judges notes:
You need to come up with just one sweep, no sculling. 

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>