In the latest of the video series, Adidas-sponsored kayaker, Jon Haylock shows us how to get ourselves out of trouble with an eskimo roll.
If you spend any length of time in a kayak it’s likely that you will end-up the wrong way up. When everything else has gone wrong, there’s really only one way get your self upright once again, without exiting your boat- the Eskimo Roll.
Getting back up the right way round is an advanced skill with a complex set of moves but, when broken down into its component parts, the roll can be learnt pretty quickly. Here’s how.
How to do an Eskimo Roll
- Connection: Think of the kayak as an extension of your body,
- Hips first: Lead the rotation with your hips, as you move the kayak will follow.
- Head last. The last thing to leave the water should be your head.
- Paddle. Push with you paddle a little bit to help create some pressure to push yourself up and out of the water.