I have republished this video of Dubside's rolling demo at SSTIKS 2006. It was originally published on Google Video years ago, because back then Google did not have a time limit to the videos you could upload, and the time limit on You Tube was 15 min. Google Video was eventually retired and all the videos were moved to YouTube. Originally it was shot in standard video and uploaded to the low quality video format available at the time. I have upscaled it to stunning 1080p HD video and added a few subtitles for the rolls. This required a complete re-editing of the video from the original tape. I recommend watching it on YouTube on the highest quality format on a large screen.
This video is representative of an era when both Greenland Style kayaking and Dubside were growing rapidly in popularity, just before Dubside went on to publish first his ropes video, then his rolling videos. I hope you agree that it merits preservation for its historical value.
May 5, 2013
A video clip of the "Scarecrow Roll", not to be confused with the true "Crucifixion Roll", attributed to Pavia Lumholt and Freya Hoffmeister, where the paddle actually goes through the sleeves of the tuilik.
I was cutting some video of Dubside's rolling demo at SSTIKS 2006 this morning and thought I would share a clip of the Opposite Arm Roll which is a hand roll using the opposite arm. I've been to a number of Dubside's rolling demos and each time he comes up with something new.
This roll can also be done with the paddle or norsaq -- probably simliar to the cross arm roll (tallit paarlatsillugit paateqarluni/masikkut) . I gotta try that!
[NOTE: This video has been updated. Orginally shot in standard video, it has been upscaled to HD 1080p]
The posts from Greenland are coming in as the Games are about to begin. Pictures can be found on Tom Milani's blog, qajariaq. Tom Sharp has been posting Commando Communiques on Dubside.net, and on the Qajaq USA forum. Some headlines:
Freya gains marathon advantage due to rough water -- Alison Sigethy and Freya the only two women to finish.
Greenland teenagers check out Dubside's hair.
The international team dines on dolfin and seal -- at a Chinese restaurant.
[PIC from Greenland Rolling with Dubside]
After my modifications to the hatches and padeyes on Moonlight Dancer my compartments stay bone dry. The hatches are supertight. I actually have to slide my Gerber knife under the hatch cover and carefully twist it to get them to open. When I break the seal you can hear a satisfying puff of air as the pressure equalizes. Too much of a good thing -- I love my baidarka!
There was a predicted 5.7 knot ebb at Deception Pass today – a great opportunity to try out Moonlight Dancer in rough water. I leave home early and arrive expecting a few more kayakers to be at the put-in at Bowman Bay, but I’m alone. It was warm and sunny in Tacoma but cold and foggy here. Another rule I should have followed: always bring extra fleece, even in the middle of summer. I spend fifteen minutes practicing a few rolls in the bay to loosen up and get comfortable being in Moonlight Dancer again, then set off for the Pass. Deception Island is hidden in fog. A gentle swell breaks against the cliffs. I see the bridge and Canoe Pass. Still no other kayakers. Oh well, I have the whole place to myself. I paddle along the shore inside the kelp, then sprint out into the current, brace downstream and do a low brace turn, ride the current through standing waves, then catch the eddy back close to shore to start another round. Moonlight Dancer feels good in the waves.
After playing I ride the current back to Bowman Bay, but along the way I run into another paddler with a Greenland stick and a tuilik. It’s Warren. He’s in a 19.5 ft Superior Kayaks stitch-and-glue Arctic Hawk SS. Even though I’ve been out for two hours already I join him to go back to the Pass. It’s harder paddling upstream now that the current is at its max. He takes off far ahead of me.
Warren is legendary at the Pass, so to paddle with him is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. He probably goes there every day he’s not working. Actually I think he’s been on an extended vacation the last couple years. As we approach the bridge he surfs the standing waves – sooo smooth! The waves push him upstream to the narrowest part of Canoe Pass. He fires off a a number of rolls one after another…with a norsaq…in the middle of the 5.7 knot current. I sit in the kelp bed and watch. While other people go to a pool to practice rolls, Warren comes here.
Again I paddle into the current. The waves are bigger now. I turn to face upstream and get on the face on a big green wave. I sprint to keep from going backward. I hear the roar of chaotic whitewater behind me. Even though you are surfing you can’t feel any forward motion at all. The only way to know is by visual cues. Moonlight Dancer holds a straight course on the wave. This is good! I turn downstream, punch through the waves and fall into innaqatsineq, before recovering to catch the eddy back.
During a strong flood current big whirlpools form. Warren says he’s been sucked into them up to his armpits. He developed a special roll to recover, which involves lying on the back deck, sculling to the surface, then flipping over to an innaqatsineq position, sculling up and recovering, similar to the “back deck” roll. The flood currents can really push you into the rocks so Warren will only take his Anas Acuta.
Back at Bowman Bay I take out and have lunch. Despite the lingering fog, the beach is filled with more people than I’ve ever seen here before. Warren stays in the water and practices rolls. He told me earlier that in flatwater he only practices hand rolls now, both forward and layback recovery. He says once you know those then everything else is icing on the cake. He has literally a different twist on the forward recovery, which has eluded me despite a lot of practice. After capsizing he tucks forward but facing up until his face is just beneath the water, then unwinds his body in a powerful twist that scoops the kayak under him. I’ll have to try that with my norsaq tomorrow.
After lunch I get back in the water and try a few rolls myself. Then as I’m climbing back up the bank I see Tom and Dubside! They’ve come to stop at the place where it all started: Bowman Bay, the location of the rolling and ropes videos. In fact, I first met Tom here when they were filming. Tom’s station wagon is packed and he’s just picked up Dubside for their trip to the Greenland National Kayaking Championships. Their flight leaves tomorrow. We all say goodbye and good luck. One last thing: they leave me with a copy of the Greenland Rolling with Dubside DVD. Awesome!
I talked with Tom Sharp today. Dubside’s long awaited Greenland Rolling Instructional Video Volume 1 is now shipping. We spoke briefly about the discussion triggered by Brian Schulz’s provocative post on the Qajaq USA forum the other day. It seems Qajaq USA is experiencing growing pains. Some members are unhappy with what they perceive is a trend toward commercialism and self-promotion among the few most talented international stars. Dubside is not bothered by these concerns. He cares little about what people might say regarding his motives and dismisses their accusations of self-aggrandizement as so much hypocrisy. He knows that he acts with integrity. Both he and Tom, a deeply spiritual man who has been adopted by the Hopi Indians, have nothing but the utmost respect for the Greenland culture and kayak tradition. Dubside laughs at the suggestion that he is not in creative control, that he is not man enough to say “No” to that which he disagrees. He is in control. Nothing he has done is accidental.
Evan, paddling my Greenland skin-on-frame, Misterie.
I arrive just a little late for the SSTIKS opening ceremonies at Twanoh. I'm not in a rush though -- just out to meet people and have fun. I bump into Evan, a paddler I met first at the Body Boat Blade five-day kayak camp last year, and at just about every local kayak symposium since. He helps me take Moonlight Dancer off the car and set her on display on the soft grass leading to the beach. She turns out to be the strip-built sensation of the year (but only because Ted Henry didn't show up with his Redfish Silver and King)!
For the morning instruction session I’m in the rolling course taught by Dubside with two other students. On my request we work on masikkut aalatsineq. Take wide, wide strokes, and tuck forward as far as possible. My form improves when I remember to keep my chin on my chest. I really need to work on my forward flexibility. Yeah, I told myself that last October! I might have actually done some regular stretching if I hadn’t been building a boat all winter. The student next to me drove up all the way from the Bay Area with his yellow/white Outer Island. He makes significant improvement from no rolling movement of the kayak at all to sculling all the way up. We practice hand rolls and for some reason I've lost mine. I think it’s because I normally don’t practice with a PFD and here for insurance purposes they make me wear one. I have made progress on one thing though: I don’t use nose clips anymore (in salt water anyway). I feel like I've thrown away another crutch. By the way, Dubside has a new PFD: a Stormy Seas inflatable in black.
Dubside works out everyday: calisthenics, ropes, rolling in the pond at Corey Freedman’s place. Tom Sharp tells me, “You have to practice every day to maintain his level of athleticism.” There was a time late last year when Dubside injured himself taking his Feathercraft Wisper apart, by doing a karate chop to separate some stuck stringers. He broke a bone in his hand and was out of training, but fully recovered after a few weeks.
“Have you ever considered competing in the Greenland category at the National Championships?” I ask Dubside. He says he won’t this year because he hasn’t been racing. He also doesn’t have a harpoon to practice with. (Rolling and rope gymnastics are only 2 of 8 events at the competition, which includes a number of different races and harpoon throwing). Recently he asked a student at the Skin Boat School to make a harpoon for him. Dubside gave him the plans a couple weeks ago but it still isn’t finished. “Every day it’s not finished is one less day I have to practice, but he’s an artist and wants it to be perfect.” At the Skin Boat School he lives among boatbuilders who are always coming and going. Like him, some live at the school, camping out or staying in RVs.
After lunch we gather at the beach for the rolling demo. I think Dick Mahler convinced Dubside to use his PakBoat folding inflatable kayak. Dick wants me to take plenty of pictures to send to the PakBoats manufacturer. I’m not sure why – Dubside looks ridiculous in it! Afterwards Dubside tells me that he didn’t feel much of a vibe from the audience when he padded out in that thing and started rolling. “Not like in Port Townsend,” he says referring to the rolling demo where he used a variety of klunky plastic rec kayaks and sit-on-tops. I don’t know why they didn’t react either. Maybe they had all seen that trick before. Dubside is an entertainer: always critical of his own performance, thinking of ways to improve it.
During the afternoon session I skip rolling lessons and just paddle among the groups in Moonlight Dancer, taking pictures and practicing a few rolls. I try out Bob Kelim’s newest skin-on-frame kayak. He says it is an excellent roller. The secret is 28 degrees of flare on the gunwales and a flat bottom. It seems to do the trick because it's the only kayak I’ve been able to get aariammillugu on consistently. That roll really puts strain on your shoulders.[to be continued]
Had a great time at SSTIKS. I got to meet Wolfgang Brinck, take more rolling lessons from Dubside, and show off my boats. I'd tell you more but I'm too tired to write and I still gotta unload all my gear.
Wolfgang Brinck in one of John Petersen's kayaks
Moonlight Dancer and Misterie on the beach