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Kayaking Fundamentals: Do a Kayak Hand Roll

The kayak hand roll is an advanced kayak rolling technique recommended for those who have already mastered the conventional kayak roll. If you ever lose your paddle in a rapid or in the surf, knowing how to hand roll could come in very handy. It’s also fun skill to learn, even if you never need it in a real situation. In this video from our Kayaking Fundamentals series, kayaking instructor Ken whiting demonstrates the three main elements of the hand roll: the setup, the catch and the recovery. Practice the techniques Ken demonstrates, and you’ll be well on your way to learning how to hand roll a kayak.