Hojo can't remember his first roll cause it hasn't happened!
I ran Steven's down probably 10 times never flipping and not having a roll. Then one day I flipped on Cardiac corner paddling with Scotty. When he didn't see me attempt to roll he asked why. I said I didn't know how. "You have no fvcking business being up here. Get your ass down to filter plant and learn to roll!"
I never had instruction but I saw others do it and had the gist. I tried about 5 times in a pond before giving up...then tried another day about 5 times...gave up. Then paddled FP and in the squirly eddy just before you cross under the road I got it first try. Went up for a second lap and thought "well isn't the offside just the opposite?" Got it first try! Thought I was a master.
Ran Steven's down again with 2 of my friends. 1 swam and the other chased the boat. I also gave chase but was quite a ways behind and essentially reading the river for the first time (not counting FP) instead of following. I went into that real sticky hole center of the river near the campground on Lower Mish. Got HAMMERED and missed my first roll after learning to roll ever!