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The Kayak Roll is perhaps the most sought after skill of kayaking. Paddlers know that a roll gives them confidence and control. But learning (or teaching) the roll can be an exercise in frustration. No longer. The KAYAK ROLL Provids a clear and precise rolling lesson.
In just its second year of distribution, the Kayak Roll video has already sold 4000 units in the video edition, due to widespread acclaim and reviews. The new navigation features of the DVD version will help paddlers refresh with the indexed diagnostics section.
Finally, a sure-fire way to put the upside-down world rightside-up. Master the most basic but most difficult cornerstone of kayaking. -- Paddler Magazine
Includes some subtle, but key differences in the way rolling should be taught today, and this video covers them all. -- Chuck Lees, The Kayak University
Sea kayakers should consider Eskimo rolling a basic skill...add a safe and reliable roll to their repertoire of skills. -- Christopher Cunningham, Sea Kayaker magazine
Terrific! The video, combined with a lot of practice brought my roll from "Maybe" to bordering on bombproof. -- Jeffrey L. Bolte, Kayaker
Winner, Best Instructional, 2002 National Paddling Film Festival Winner, Best Instructional, 2003 Waterwalker Film Festival -- FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
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I do think they should have mentioned paddle float use in the video. It helps to build the muscle memory required to get this roll to work. However, the roll does feel very different without the float of course. Use your best judgement.
I also found that I had to move fairly slowly in order to get my sea kayak to come up. This roll still works if you slow down quite a bit.
Trust the sweep - water becomes like rock when that paddle is moving.
Two weeks later I took another rolling class, this time a private lesson from a certified instructor. This time he had me use my greenland paddle and do a "pawlata" roll, which is best for beginners. During the lesson I rolled successfully three times. So, my recommendation would be to rent this video and watch it, but then get instruction somewhere from someone who knows what they're doing. Rolling is sort of like learning to ride a bike, but in this case, a unicycle. It takes lots of practice and having an instructor is preferred. The video itself recommends that you get an instructor.