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Old 07-26-2011   #31
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Beth, everyone loses their roll for a while. Usually it's after about a year of paddling, but sometimes more. The roll will be gone for a while, and you will have to work hard to get it back. Everyone has a different "second breakthrough" that brings the roll back. For me, it was relaxing and knowing that the roll would work, so that I didn't bring up my head and try to get air. For natalie, it was keeping the elbows in and looking at the blade. I recommend doing a lot of playboating so that you practice many rolls in a low consequence situation.

The good news is that once the roll comes back, you will not lose it again.

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Old 07-26-2011   #32
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What if your roll gets wet, though?

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Old 07-26-2011   #33
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Originally Posted by Kendrick View Post
What if your roll gets wet, though?

For me, after being out of the boat for a while, I bite my shoulder (vest, spray shirt, drysuit) to force myself to keep my head tucked and bring it up last.

I do that while practicing my offside roll, too. Works like a charm.
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Old 07-26-2011   #34
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Hey all,
BTW, thanks for all the funny and helpful comments: ) I think, for me, what it boils down to (mostly) is just not over thinking it. Of course, I need to work on the technical aspects of it too, but when I'm constantly worried about whether I'm going to have to roll, I'm stiff and good. It had gotten to be pretty automatic over the last couple years, but a couple of swims and less than usual time on the river (school...grrrr) has left me with a rusty roll and a hit to the ol' confidence...and probably ego too, but I think a shot to the ego is a good thing though, keeps a gal humble.
Thanks again: )

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