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Adidas kayaker Jon Haylock explains how to perform an Eskimo roll

11:37 14th June 2013 By Andrew Cremin

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.



Kayaking tips from adidas

  1. An Ode to Kayaking
  2. Training
  3. Turning
  4. Paddling
  5. The Eskimo Roll
  6. Whitewater
Adidas kayaker Jon Haylock

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