Originally Posted by jesse374
i bought a LL flying squirrel love it so far and yes i saw that paddle float hing too but looks like it may teach you to count on it to much and less on your skill but it also looks like it helps alot
Barry over at Mountain Sports Kayak told me that the float on the paddle actually helps you focus LESS on what you're doing with the paddle and MORE on what you're doing with the rest of your body (hip snap, head down). I still don't have a solid roll, but I'll still go paddle some shit...
Ditto on the William Nealy book. It has great illustrations of water dynamics and goes over a lot of good basic skills like ninja paddle strokes, assessing your comfort level (if you don't have enough saliva to spit, maybe you shouldn't run it), rolling, and good swimming vs bad swimming, plus he's hilarious. EJ's videos are good too... practice your brace lots and lots. EJ swears that if you have a good brace, you have a good roll.