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Old 02-22-2007   #11
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you have to log in to vote. after you made this post you are probably now able to vote since you have to log in to post.

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Old 02-22-2007   #12
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Hey i dont think Men necessarly learn faster. I think they totally get solid rolls first and have more gutts but honestly after one learns to roll i think the learning curve is solely based on athletic ability and concentration towards the sport.

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Old 02-22-2007   #13
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I totally agree with CUkayakGirl regarding athletic ability and focus. I've only been boating 5 and some years, but from what I've seen, flexibility, which usually relates to things like athleticism, age and past injuries, gender and maybe more, is key.

Another factor is a person's level of comfort in the water, which in turn affects stress levels when upside down, which directly results in tense muscles and lack of flexibility.

A trait of athletes is the ability to focus on achieving a goal. Athletes are naturally obsessed to the point of mastery, be it on a personal or professional level.

So far, the best new rollers I've witnessed were athletic, water loving, young men. A new female co-worker, who is all of the above, wants to learn to yak. I gave her EJ's R&B and Kent Ford's the Kayak Roll last week. She's meeting me at the pool this weekend, so I'll see what happens. Hopefully the teacher won't be another factor to consider.

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Old 02-23-2007   #14
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My insight after teaching a lot last year

Women learn to roll faster via loose hips. They're better dancers than men. Men try to power through everything, which only will get you tired faster.

Women also grasp the concepts faster. There is a certain fluidity in their body movement that most men don't achieve for quite a while, except maybe those men with really good taste in shoes and home decor who listen to Dancing Queen over and over and over.....
And the Lord said, let there be whitewater. So on Friday, the 13th day of the month....
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Old 03-05-2007   #15
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From a scientific perspective:
Principles -
gravitational PE=weight*height
Hypothesis -
The lower the center of gravity, relational to the axis of a rotating kayak in the eskimo roll, decreases work necessary to overcome gravitational PE. Or something like that!

In my experience, women learn the C to C easier than the sweep and men learn the sweep roll easier than the C to C. I think strenght and flexibility are the reasons for the differences, respectively. I can usually teach two to three people to roll during one two hour pool session. "Athleticism" is usually the key to efficiency which equals work/energy - but in the river, it is all about composure.


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