Thursday 5 August 2021
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The Roll

The roll, often referred to as an ‘Eskimo roll’ is the paddlers way of getting back upright (self righting) after a capsize (flipping over).

There are many versions of the roll and they all have their own advantages and uses in different situations. It is worth spending time learning different rolls and how to roll on both sides.

If your getting into playboating or begin to push the level of your whitewater paddling leaning to roll is an essential skill.

How to start to learn to roll

The starting point in learning to roll is developing a good hip snap and learning how to brace up. Visit the bracing section to find out more about these skills.

Once you have learnt how to brace up and how to get to the brace set up position whilst upside down, it’s time to learn how to roll.

Check out our guide to a few of the most popular types of rolls.

Top tips

Getting good instruction can help you massively in learning this essential whitewater skill.

One of the key things to remember with all rolls is that it should not hurt. If you feel that you are putting a lot of pressure or awkward movements on to your shoulders. Stop and reassess your technique.