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Style of rolling developed by Greenlandic hunters to recover from a capsize in a hunting situation. The Greenlandic word for kayak rolling is kinngusaqattaarneq?.

Modern Greenland style paddlers may compete in the [Greenland National Championship]? every summer. There are 30 distinct rolling maneuvers, performed on each side for a possible 60 rolls.

List of rolls and notes taken from: http://www.qajaqusa.org/QK/rolls/rolls.html Note that the original page now contains the Greenlandic? term for each roll, as well as an audio clip of Maligiaq Padilla pronouncing the term

Click here for a literal translation of the rolling terms

Kunuunnguaq Davidsen, Nuuk 2000. Photo Copyright by Greg Stamer

  1. Side sculling Two points/side
  2. Chest sculling Two points/side
  3. Standard Greenland roll (start tucked forward, finish leaning aft, recover to start position) Two points/side
  4. Rolling with paddle held in crook of elbow (inboard hand grasps the paddle blade as per a standard roll, outboard hand holds the paddle clamped in the elbow). Three points/side
  5. Storm roll - hands held in normal or extended paddling position (start tucked forward, finish tucked forward. The inboard hand stays in contact with the deck/hull throughout roll). Three points/side
  6. Reverse sweep roll (sweep from stern to bow in a low brace, finish tucked forward). Three points/side
  7. Spine roll (start with paddle behind back, along spine and projecting over your head, tuck forward, finish leaning aft, recover to start position.) You are permitted to cup your hand around the tip of the paddle. Three points/side
  8. Behind the back (start with paddle behind back, against gunwale leaning aft, finish with paddle behind back leaning slightly forward. Sculling motion for recovery is permitted). You are permitted to cup your hand around the tip of the paddle. Three points/side
  9. Standard roll with paddle behind neck. Four points/side.
  10. Reverse sweep roll with paddle behind neck. Four points/side
  11. Armpit roll (one arm sweep roll with end of paddle held in armpit). Your outboard hand holds the paddle palm-up, during the sweep. The inboard hand is placed over the hull during recovery as a counterweight. Three points/side
  12. Vertical sculling roll (hold the paddle in an extended low brace position and raise your upper hand so that it is close to your forehead, your palms face toward the gunwale, capsize and scull up with the paddle held vertically, to starting position or slightly tucked forward). Four points/side
  13. [Sculling roll with paddle held horizontally, in contact with the foredeck]?. Four points/side
  14. Rolling with the arms crossed (similar to storm roll). Five points/side
  15. Sculling roll with paddle held under the kayak. Five points/side
  16. [Quick succession of storm rolls]?, the most rolls performed in 10 seconds wins. Five points/side
  17. [Quick succession of standard rolls]?, the most rolls performed in 10 seconds wins. Four points/side
  18. Roll with hunting float - (For a roll starting with a capsize on the left, the float is tied to the right side of the kayak, and vice-versa. Float is tied tightly with one line to the decklines aft of the cockpit and another line to the decklines at the stern so that float rides in the water on the side of the kayak just aft of the cockpit. Once float is rigged, perform a standard roll (with paddle), the float provides strong resistance to test your roll. Five points/side
  19. [Throwing stick, start tucked forward, finish tucked forward]?. Six points/side
  20. [Throwing stick, start leaning aft, sweep from stern to bow, finish tucked forward]?. Six points/side
  21. Throwing stick, start tucked forward, finish leaning aft. Your sweeping hand must be palm-up during the roll. In execution, this roll is very similar to roll #11, the Armpit roll. Six points/side
  22. Hand roll, start tucked forward, finish tucked forward. Seven points/side
  23. [Hand roll, start leaning aft, sweep from stern to bow, finish tucked forward]?. Seven points/side
  24. Hand roll, start tucked forward, finish leaning aft. Your sweeping hand must be palm-up during the roll .In execution, this roll is very similar to roll #11, the "armpit" roll. Seven points/side
  25. [Hand roll with a clenched fist]?, any method (most popular was using roll #24; rules required holding a Ping-Pong ball to ensure fist was closed; off-hand can be flung over the hull as a counterweight). Eight points/side
  26. Hand roll holding an Eight kilogram brick or stone (the off-hand can be flung over the hull as a counterweight). Nine points/side
  27. Elbow roll. Start tucked forward with one hand clasped behind neck, finish leaning aft (the off-hand can be flung over the hull as a counterweight). Ten points/side
  28. Straight jacket, no hands-roll (roll with the arms crossed, arms must stay pressed to chest). Eleven points/side
  29. Paddling upside down. You must travel a marked course. Scoring is one point for the first three meters and an additional point for each two meters traveled.
  30. Side Walrus Pull. Prevent a capsize with five men pulling the kayak sideways from shore. Line travels from attachment point just aft of the cockpit, away from shore, under the kayak, and into hands of men on shore. Kayak must be pulled at least fifteen meters. Nine points, perform one side of your choice

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