Hard wind rolling lesson
Half past five we launched at the kayak club for a rolling session at sea. Just because it rained so that major roads in southern Skåne were flooded and closed and there was a northwesterly force seven with waves breaking on the shore, my students were not deterred - so it was just to accept the weather and come along.
From the draining culverts in the city canal the water flooded at such force that whitewater technique had to be employed to pass them. The water level was almost a meter higher than normal.
Sofia, who started from scratch with the rolling, had trouble managing the kayak in the wind – force 7 gusting to 8 – but rolled competently in the waves after a very short while. Impressive! She will not accept the common myth among ignorants that rolling is nothing to trust in adverse condition!
Katarina, with a reliable standard roll, wanted to try rolling with forward leaning finish, but unfortunately the wind increased steadily and we had to return after a brief demo and instruction.
You think it is hard to learn rolling? – you should have been there…