Originally Posted by CUBuffskier
For some reason, I am in my 7th summer of boating and find myself more unsure of every hole than I ever have before. My roll is failing a lot too.
I think you answered your own question. I went through the same thing a couple seasons ago after discovering I lost my roll. Then everything became terrifying because I was afraid to go upside down. My confidence was unshakable when I was progressing because I knew I could roll anywhere anytime because my braced sucked and I was upside down alot. I lost my roll as a lot of boaters do because I never flipped anymore and I could get up with very poor technique.
The cure for me was stepping down a notch, boating things I was comfortable in, trying hard lines on relatively easy rapids so that I would flip over more, and playboating alot more. Playboating helps but isn't the cure. Just watch how many really good playboaters at Golden have terrible technique and still manage to get up. That may work in a playpark, but not in the middle of a heavy rapid.