By: Tom Bamonte
"Everybody who wants to paddle on should learn how to roll."
o Can go either way
o Don't know
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Bill said it very well - at least, in my opinion. I, like Humberto, have known some very good paddlers who could paddle in crazy conditions without a roll. But most of the ones I know would say that they are at risk because they don't have that extra, bottom-line, safety tool that is the roll. The famous adventurer and author Lone Madsen died in 1999 because she could not roll. This is from an on-line description of her death:
A Danish woman, Lone Madsen, died of exposure when her Skerry kayak capsized on the West Coast of. Lone Madsen had paddled extensively in the Arctic and was well known for her exploits. Her paddling partner on this trip was Tore Sivertsen. The pair were caught in a sudden gale which quickly whipped up large waves. When Lone Madsen turned over, Sivertsen could not come to her aid because they had never practised assisted rescues. Neither paddler could right themselves with Eskimo rolls and instead depended on paddle floats which would have been useless in the conditions. In any event, Sivertsen reported that Madsen's paddle had floated away during the capsize due to lack of a paddle leash. Sivertsen, unable to turn his Prijon Seayak into the wind, was forced further and further away from Madsen and never saw her alive again.