Mainly kayaking photographs taken on the Isle of Man and beyond.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Sea Kayaking Isle of Man - Role?

Over the weekend Ian and I surfed Port Erin and paddled the Calf Sound tidal race. The latter wasn't flowing strongly and the wind was flattening it off. Still, we could practice our roles in the moderatly rough water. I role every time I paddle, both sides. I've been able to role out of necessity in some pretty harsh conditions as a result. But does practice make perfect? The role in this video and shown in the snapshots above is effective, but poor. I've suspected for a while that my role is relaible because of a strong hip flick and me hauling myself up strongly with what is effectively an under water high brace. But if you look closely you can see that my body and head are tense, and emerge too soon from the water. Oh well, I guess it'll be back to the drawing board this weekend.


Douglas Wilcox said...

Greetings John, looked like a pretty damn fine roll to me!

One point, which I am sure you are aware of but not all your readers might know of, is the risk of developing surfer's nodules in your ear canal. I have windsurfed every winter since 1977 and repeated dunkings in cold water have caused nodules, which almost block the canal. This has significantly affected my hearing.

John said...

Thanks Douglas. I have to confess that I do have a great deal of trouble with my ears although, at least so far, not nodules.