I can hear it already: "Oh no -- not another Greenland rolling video!" Yes, it's true. But this is better than any rolling demo you've ever seen -- really! I've actually been sitting on this movie for over a couple years now. I was lucky enough to record the 1st annual "Roll Off" featuring Leon Somme and Dubside at the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium in 2005, not knowing at all what to expect. The show totally blew me away! It was a unique event, unlike any Greenland rolling demo I'd seen before, with Leon performing with a NDK Romany and Werner Ikelos paddle, and Dubside in a variety of boats, including his black Feathercraft Wisper. It was informal and friendly, with a great vibe coming from the crowd, many who knew Leon as kayak royalty and Dubside as the new rock star of Greenland-style.
I edited the video soon afterwards and gave a couple copies away to friends, but never distributed it any further than that (Dubside used a few seconds of my video in his Greenland Rolling with Dubside -- look for my name in the credits!) A couple years (as well as a couple more very entertaining Symposium "Roll-Offs") have gone by without me doing anything with it. Apparently a handful of people were lucky enough to see the DVD I gave to Shawna and Leon at their shop on Orcas Island and had inquired about getting copies. So now seems to be a good a time as any to publish it, before it gets hopelessly dated. Plus it's a good run-up to the upcoming release of my next movie, The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium Greenland Rolling Demo 2007 (of course!) Leon and Dubside are at it again with even more ridiculously difficult and impossible rolls, along with Shawna Franklin and Cathy Miller in a NDK Triton double sea kayak, and 10 year-old McKinley rolling with a bowling ball in her skin-on-frame Yost Sea Flea. You won't want to miss it!