Originally Posted by bystander
I'm not sure that teaches anything related to bracing, but it definitely puts you in position to use your brace when you are failing. In that regard, flat water tricks are great for practicing your brace and roll. When balancing, you do the opposite of what you need to do when you brace or roll, but it definitely gives you a lot of practice to use both in a non threatening environment.
Nothing related to bracing? That is harsh! It strengthens and tunes core muscles which are key for bracing. Do you brace entirely off your paddle? No, your paddle is the resistance point that you use to snap back up with your core and the rest of your body.