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Old 07-08-2009   #21
Denver via GJ, Colorado
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As others have said, if you are not getting the feel of the blade, try keeping your left hand/elbow closer to the boat longer.

In the video the left hand/elbow raises (almost like a brace) when you make the sharp downward movement with your right hand blade to come up. If you can keep your left hand/elbow closer to the boat it may make it easier to kep the right blade higher and engaged longer. One thing about changing your roll like this is that until you get it you end up coming up further to the back (120 degrees), which may feel unusual to you as it appears your roll is coming up at around 90 degrees.

One thing is, your current roll works and is functional. The longer you keep practicing it the more refined and stronger it will likely become. Good luck. By the way 5th Street is in and is as good as any place for combat practice.

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Old 07-08-2009   #22
Ward, Colorado
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You are coming up just fine but you are punching with your control hand (left). Keep that hand close to your chest and look at your right paddle blade the whole time and it will feel even easier.

Notice how your paddle blade dives, that's cause you are punching that left hand up in the air and the shaft of you paddle goes vertical. if you keep you left hand close to you body the whole time then you will finish in a strong brace position with the paddle shaft more parallel to the water. If you are in the river on an eddy line or in white foamy water then you will need a better brace to finish on than what you have now

Looks like you are sweeping, so I don't think that your hip snap is the issue at all.

You might also try to reach away from the boat with your right paddle blade. This will pull on the opposite knee up and help to roll the boat back underneath you. If you sit on the ground in your boat and lean & reach out to the right side you will see what I mean, your left knee will pull the boat off the ground. So during your sweep if you try to sweep out far away from the boat it will help to get the boat moving early which means you have to do less work at the end of the roll and you punching habit will be less problematic.

Fix both of those and you won't miss you roll ever.

just my thoughts, anyone speak up if I'm giving bad advice, joel-

Originally Posted by Rschap View Post
We were working on the roll at the lake and some guy told me I was doing it all wrong. He started explaining how I should change but I didnít understand him. This is a video of my roll when everything feels right, can you look at it and give me your opinions.

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