Originally Posted by Krynn
if you are only wrapping partway around your boat (forming 75% of the first C) your hip snap will have less momentum to snap you up (25% less). You can still get up, just less reliably.
Don't screw around resetting your hand position (i.e. Extended paddle roll). That just means you are digging. You will pull a muscle, possible tear your rotator cuff. DO NOT EXTENDED PADDLE ROLL
Improve your flexibility. It will make you a better boater.
While I agree with the general theme of improving your flexibility and just learning how to right to "proper" way, I disagree that moving your hands down the paddle shaft will, necessarily, expose your shoulders to more risk. That just wasn't the case for me and a few others who said they've done the same thing when learning.
I've found that moving your hands down the paddle-shaft extends the length of the power side of the paddle, which gives you more leverage for which to buoy your hip snap Or in other words, it created "heavier" purchase to use to snap my hips. For me, it actually reduced the force on my shoulder and I relied less on the paddle sweep. Also, interestingly, it helped me keep my hands closer together on the shaft. It was definitely the *click* that got me rolling consistently. After I started to develop some muscle memory, I simply readjusted the paddle and was set.
Cut forward a few years, and I'm teaching my gf how to roll, and she's struggling, and this particular technique didn't really work for her.