Originally Posted by tboe101
I have a buddy that could teach you to roll a canoe. Most of it has to do with the set up and brace.
Actually it is the hip snap. Get your boat in a pool. Get on the side of the pool and practice snapping your hips, rolling your boat.
To set up, when upside down, just crouch forward paddle to the bow.
then move your torso 90 degrees to the hull, your face down obviously. You can half roll the boat with your hips, in a c-1 you can roll without a paddle, roll the OC1 halfway with your hips. Now, remember this or you will cream your arms. Your arms need to be in a position like you are doing a push-up off of the paddle. sweep the paddle forward towards the bow blade angled up to stay on the surface while completing the hip snap. Your nose should "scrape" the gunwales. Keeping your body tight to the gunwales allows the boat to roll like a log without branches, if you don't do this you are like a log with a big branch sticking out (harder to roll this way). Make sure you sweep your head to the opposite side of the boat before sitting up.The roll is a 3 part move that should look like one move.
1.) set up
Learning the role will also develop a strong low brace.
Also, keep in mind that verticality of your paddle shaft is of utmost importance to minimize correction for forward momentum. The power stroke is by far one of the hardest to master in a C boat. Once you learn the art, you should be able to do everything with your hips and a power stroke.
Also, builsd an electric bilge pump or your kayaker buddies will get pissed at you on the Class 4s, lol.