Pawleta (sp?) Roll?

I know someone covered this in the last few months in a post, but I can’t find it on a search, so sorry to ask for a repeat. (I am probably spelling it wrong.)

If I am in the ballpark on the name, it is a roll that can be used when you are pretty much fully laid over the back deck (upside down of course).

  1. Could someone run the basic steps?
  2. How far back over the rear deck do you have to be, or where is the first time you are far back enough, for this to work?

    My reliable roll is closest to a C to C, and I was trying some stuff last night that got me way back over the rear deck in a quite unplanned way. I came out of the boat because I was running out of air and comfort and it was the end of the night of a good bit of skills work, but it would have been preferable to directly get up from that that position. Once I am laid way back, the habits from a C to C don’t help much because it is harder to feel the distinct isolation of my active thigh.

    Thanks all.


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(scroll down to "The pawlata roll")

But it seems that you're asking about a roll you do FROM the back deck, which is something different:

Or maybe a reverse pawlata?


The “Pawlatta” roll is very similar to the standard Greenland sweep roll. It’s called a “Pawlatta” because a guy named Pawlatta was the first white european to do it, or so the story goes.

Anyway, to do it, you hold the paddle in an extended position, capsize, reach as far forward as you can in your setup postion, and sweep the paddle across the surface using torso rotation. You should come up as far back on the rear deck as your boat will allow in a high brace position. The further back you can go, the easier the roll is.

There should be no need for any appreciable hipsnap, as this roll is almost completely driven by torso rotation. Once you get it, work on doing it as slowly as you can. This will refine your technique. Concentrate on rotation and layback, being as smooth as you can. One trick I teach is to have the student keep their face oriented towards the sky throughout the roll — it forces them to rotate their torso.

Keep at it!


One thing to add

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if just prior to sweeping the blade out you twist the leading edge of the blade toward the surface (simply bend the wrist holding the shaft "inward") the blade will stay on or near the surface.

A version that works for boats
that are hard to roll …

Pawlate without the back deck?
Yes and I recommend it.

Yes - from the back deck
Memory cells and being over 50…

Yes, what I mean is getting up from the back deck, when I have already gotten way out of position so that pulling back forward again to start is going to cost me precious air and energy. I should have been clearer about that. So it was probably the reverse version I recall reading about, which I wouldn’t expect to get in five minutes or less but seems a worthy addition to work on over this summer. If I can get into that spot in a pond I certainly could do it in a real scenario.

I’ll take a good look at the suggested info and responses - hopefully can start messing around with preparatory stuff within the next week.

back deck
I’m just starting to play with it myself. I’ve gotten up ugly a couple of times but have a long way to go before it’s smooth or reliable.

Called a Steyr roll (or reverse pawlata)
When done with an extended paddle, a Reverse screw roll when done in a normal paddling position. At leqst according to Derk Hutchinson’s book eskimo rollling.

Which I find easier
Than the pawlatta. A modified version of the Steyr is my “go to” roll when everything else fails.