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Rolling, rolling, rolling

I just got back from a pool session where I attempted to roll a kayak (on purpose) for the first time… In my opinion, they didn’t have quite enough instructors for the number of novices that were there, but I still managed to get both some second-hand instruction and some good practice on my hip-snap.

No full rolls tonight, but I’ll be back next week. I don’t think I did too bad for my first time in a white-water boat; I think I’m going to wait until I can roll comfortably before I sign up to try it in a sea kayak.

9 Responses to “Rolling, rolling, rolling”

  1. karen m Says:

    At first I was going to ask if you were crazy enough to sea kayak in the winter, but I’m guessing sea kayaks in the winter there are like the Jersey Shore surfers.

    (On the Jersey Shore, the surfers come out from December to around early March. That’s the only time the waves are big enough.)

  2. protected static Says:

    Or during hurricanes – I vividly remember one long weekend (Hugo, I think, over Columbus Day weekend, IIRC) on the Eastern Shore of Delaware, watching dolphins & surfers in some insane surf…

    Now is actually pretty close to prime kayaking season, in a lot of ways. The water hasn’t gotten too cold and the summer boaters are gone, as are all the damn jet-skis. Also, the water here is a lot more protected than the Atlantic Coast: we have 2 huge lakes and all of Puget Sound to paddle in…

    Now the Pacific Coast proper? Er. No. Not yet, anyway… ;-)

    (And by ‘try it in a sea kayak,’ I mean ‘try it in a sea kayak in the pool.’)

  3. karen m Says:

    At first I was going to ask if you were crazy enough to sea kayak in the winter, but I'm guessing sea kayaks in the winter there are like the Jersey Shore surfers.

    (On the Jersey Shore, the surfers come out from December to around early March. That's the only time the waves are big enough.)

  4. protected static Says:

    Or during hurricanes – I vividly remember one long weekend (Hugo, I think, over Columbus Day weekend, IIRC) on the Eastern Shore of Delaware, watching dolphins & surfers in some insane surf…

    Now is actually pretty close to prime kayaking season, in a lot of ways. The water hasn't gotten too cold and the summer boaters are gone, as are all the damn jet-skis. Also, the water here is a lot more protected than the Atlantic Coast: we have 2 huge lakes and all of Puget Sound to paddle in…

    Now the Pacific Coast proper? Er. No. Not yet, anyway… ;-)

    (And by 'try it in a sea kayak,' I mean 'try it in a sea kayak in the pool.')

  5. Doug Says:

    Why would you want to roll your kayak? Just so you learn what not to do?

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  7. protected static Says:

    No, it’s actually about learning what to do.

    Performing a ‘wet exit’ and getting back into a sea kayak is… challenging. Learning to roll is all about (hopefully) being able to recover from capsizing without having to bail out and climb back in.

  8. Doug Says:

    Why would you <i>want</i> to roll your kayak? Just so you learn what not to do?

  9. protected static Says:

    No, it's actually about learning <i>what</i> to do.

    Performing a 'wet exit' and getting back into a sea kayak is… challenging. Learning to roll is all about (hopefully) being able to recover from capsizing without having to bail out and climb back in.

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