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Kayaking Fundamentals: Rolling a Kayak in Rough Water

As you take on more challenges in your kayaking, you’ll likely be moving your boating into surf zones, river waves and big water. The turbulence in these conditions adds an extra dimension to executing your roll. In truth, if you have a reliable flatwater roll, you’ve got most of the skills you need to roll in rough water. The big addition you need to bring to rolling a kayak in rough water is the mental one. There’s a lot going on in swirling waves; you need to learn to relax and follow the fundamentals you’ve already mastered. In this video from our Kayaking Fundamentals series, kayaking instructor Ken Whiting shows you how to put it all together.