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I just love this photo - the puffin seems to be posing for Liz to take his picture. Of course, after a winter in the north atlantic, we're no real challenge for these tiny, hardy birds.
We met hundreds on a leisurely three-day trip to the Treshnish Islands and Staffa this weekend as we made the most of the all too rare superb weather on Scotland's west coast. I now have more photos of puffins than I know what to do with. But despite bristling with cameras, my two favourites that I've posted here, we both taken on my iPhone. We were that close...
The extensive remodelling is courtesy of the storms we had last December.
There were two particularly ferocious series of blasts and here, on this exposed headland, the wind, sea and the debris they carried had an explosive impact on this little building.
Oh if you're wondering, the huge red cone on the roof is the old fog horn. If you go there, take a look the the compressors which used to drive this thing. Then cilimb the lighthouse where you'll find one of the last lighthouse keepers called Ian who gives a fascinating tour.
Cheri and Turner are renowned
Greenland paddlers. I’ve watched them
work at a symposium on the Isle of Skye and recorded Podcasts with each where they explain their approach to rolling.
This DVD is like having advanced, personal
rolling tuition from Cheri and Turner.
It accurately captures the way they teach rolling, so it’s clear they
are much more than presenters and have been involved throughout the shoot,
scripting and edit.
Whatever kayak you own, whatever
paddle you use, the teaching method used by Cheri and Turner is
Greenlandic.Most pupils start in a
tuliq with (eventually) a Greenland stick in their hands, so that’s what we see
in the DVD.Now, this might be an issue
for some people, so I’ll come back to it later.
When I was struggling to learn to roll
I went on a weekend course at Glenmore Lodge (that didn’t work for me) and
watched C2C rolling DVDs (they didn’t work either). If you’ve been down that route, then you’ll
find this Greenlandic approach quite different.
Turner and Cheri emphasise what
matters most is what your body is doing, not what you’re wearing or the type of
paddle you have in your hand. Get the
roll Greenland style, and the technique will transfer, they say.
Of course, it’s impossible to learn a
skill from just watching a DVD.
good kayak coaching DVD has to give you the right amount of information, in the right format and sequence, for you to
remember enough of what you've seen when you get on the water.
need to progress, or review the material because something isn’t working as it should, come back and watch the DVD
The producers should anticipate what you’ll
need before you know you need it.
Sensibly, this production (aimed at beginners to more advanced rollers) doesn’t
divert into the more esoteric of the 35 rolls in the Greenland competition,
although Cheri hints we might see those in a “second DVD”.
Instead, it concentrates on three rolls; the
Standard Greenland Roll, Reverse Sweep, and Storm Roll. (As an aside - a lot of people who’re
interested in the more advanced rolls would benefit from watching this DVD
because, if they can improve their body motion, then they'll find the esoteric
Each roll is broken down into a series
of learning points that ought to be mastered before progressing.
Turner and Cheri show each in action, talk us
through the learning process step by step, then introduce students so we can
see non-experts getting to grips with the process.
After that, there’s a ‘Troubleshooting’
section where common (and less common) mistakes are identified and remedies
It’s all filmed from every
conceivable angle; shore, on the water, under the water and even in a back
garden where Cheri uses a skin-less kayak so you can see how her legs are
working underneath the deck.
Freeze frames with graphics emphasise key points, and there are subtitles in French, Spanish and Italian. So you could learn a language too.
The underwater pictures really stand
out. Justine shot some of these using
scuba gear and she told me it was tricky, “not being used to it and
with a strong-ish current that kept dragging me along the bottom away from
where I wanted to stand ... kicking up dirt etc.”
At other times the air tanks were abandoned for a simpler
“The underwater shots of Turner
in the brown tuliq with the brown boat were done with a mask and a tow belt
filled with rocks in a clear, cold lake on Vancouver island. I'd take a deep
breath, sink, point the camera and T would perform.”
But please - don’t try to watch the whole
thing in one sitting.
There’s just too much information and your head will
It is probably best watched in
pairs, so you can study a section together then immediately practice what
you’ve seen. As well as keeping you
safe, your partner will be better placed to identify what any mistakes you’re
making, so you can return to the DVD to study the Troubleshooting
sections. I suspect each copy of this
DVD will be watched many, many times.
The strength of this Greenland
teaching technique presents a slight difficulty for the DVD viewer who only
uses a Euro-blade.
They’re required to
do some mental gymnastics; they must watch people in tuliqs with Greenland
sticks, then ‘translate’ the teaching they’ve seen to something that will work
with the equipment they use.
Because in a DVD which runs for more
than 2hours 30 minutes, barely 13 minutes are devoted to teaching with
Euro-blades, and most of that is just voice-over not actual to-camera
Some viewers won’t like this,
because they don’t have a Greenland stick and can’t immediately put into
practice exactly what they’ve seen on screen.
Yet that misses the point of this Greenlandic approach which is more
about your body and less about what’s in your hands.
For those who have a good basic roll
but want to be able to roll in trickier sea conditions, the Storm Roll and
Reverse Sweep sections make excellent viewing.
“We are marketing the DVD as
showing people rolls that they can use in real situations to prevent a swim”,
So just be clear - This is not just the roll - This Is The Roll as
taught by two world renowned Greenland paddlers, Cheri and Turner. It clearly says on the cover “Greenland
Rolling”, and that is exactly what you get in spades. It will surely sell well.
The original footage had been drawn to my attention by Mike Sullivan, who is coordinating this project. Mike also features in our DVD - he's one of the Stornoway club playing on Loch Seaforth in the last coaching session (he does a pop-out in his son's kayak).
The attempted crossing will be filmed by MacTV for the BBC Alba programme 'Trusadh', in which Mike and (I think!) one of the other paddlers featured earlier this year. Here's their Facebook page.