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Where the C-to-C Roll Came From
06.05.08

The development of the C-to-C Roll as recounted by Ken Kastorff:

In the early 1970’s I was participating in winter pool slalom events in Wisconsin. At that time teaching the roll was all one motion and it was hard to break down. One night I learned the C-1 roll so that I could compete in the C-1 class. After executing successful C-1 rolls, I began to work through adopting the C-1 roll to a whitewater kayak.

When executing a C-1 roll, the paddle swings out perpendicular to the side while in mid air, then the paddle flips over into a low brace followed by a hip snap. It seemed that if that could be done with a kayak, the roll would be stronger and more reliable. Getting into a kayak, I tried the same set up as a C-1 roll prior to doing the hipsnap, then used the same hipsnap motion--only arching the back rather than coming forward.

Basically the adaptation just changed the timing of what people were doing with the roll at the time. At that point I started implementing it in teaching and found I was teaching people much more quickly and they understood what they were doing.

When I arrived at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in 1975, I brought the principal with me. Soon I seemed to have earned the reputation of being able to “teach anyone how to roll.” There were people on the NOC staff that I would bet a steak dinner that if I could teach them how to roll in less than 30-minutes, they had to buy me a steak dinner. For a poor river staff person, I soon found myself enjoying many steak dinners!

 

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