Originally Posted by gtfowen
Bystander, Personally from a sea kayaking background, I use a rodeo/back deck roll the most because it gets you up fast. A c-c roll with no setup (like a brace) and a reglar eskimo roll if I miss my first roll. Handrolls are nice but (I think) difficlt to pull off in as a combat roll.
My advice for others -
1. Pick an 'always' roll ex. If I flip on my left I will always back deck roll on my right I will always no setup c-c roll
2. Pick a backup roll ex. I will eskimo roll if I miss my always roll
3. Keep 1&2 in tip top shape BOMBPROOF
4. Learn as many new rolls and techniques as you can!
5. Just do what gets you up fastest and safest.
Better to know a roll and not need it that need it and not know it.
Hope that helps, Owen
P. S. I may not have c-c roll quite right as I have dislocated my shoulder twice this season
Atm, I have a solid left and right roll, so do not feel a need to use the rodeo roll outside of freestyle tricks. I found the hand roll was remarkable at teaching me a universal truth with all rolls that finish on the back deck; if I finish low on the back deck and swing my body past the center, even the most aborted looking roll will work every time. I also plan to use the hand roll while doing some hand paddle surfing. It is supposed to be a good way to strengthen your surfing techniques.
This weekend, I also learned that a strong brace, and sculling brace has a way of making your rolling opportunities to greatly diminish. I haven't had to roll since I got them all working solid due to also learning the sculling brace, which I suppose is practically a roll that just starts before you go completely under water.
I do plan to work some on finishing over the front deck. That seems like it could come in handy.
Edit: if you are dislocating your shoulder, you really need to work on your roll. You likely are not turning your torso with your paddle. Try watching your paddle as it swings around, which tends to force you to turn your torso and helps keep your head down.