On Nov 6, 2015, at 6:21 PM, Discussion <WKCDiscussion@washingtonkayakclub.org> wrote:Ah - thanks Michael -
I would love to try what you are saying about moving the footboard, but as it is, my Pyranha S8 is the kind of play boat fit where having Jackson Happy Feet in the bow, all the way deflated and all the way squished as much as possible - is still a pretty tight squeeze. I haven't tried the boat with nothing in the feet area since I got my booties although my first couple paddles in the boat were with no booties and no happy feet (got the whole setup a month ago).
I did go out to the lake tonight just before dark and practiced some braces in the shallows. I noticed that thinking about rolling knee coming up as well as other foot going down also has the tendency to park me right on the stern - which is kind of what the EJ's Rolling and Bracing technique seems to like. I wasn't comfortable with this at first. But focusing on this has had multiplier effect. When I started getting my rolls, I became less nervous about trying aggressive braces deeper into the water, because I knew worst case scenario I was likely to be able to roll rather than wet exit. But as i practice the braces more - aming for getting head low over stern, and focusing on foot on opposite side of the roll going down, it made it much easier to get head down low and over stern. When i do not focus on foot going down, I tend to also bring head up too early or not get it down low enough on braces (when that is the intent).
My lower back and hamstring flexibility is getting better the more I paddle but it is not very good still. It is getting better but I am learning ways to get around this. I think I am closest to getting the sweep roll with all the phases looking right - my C to C is a ways off. I can kind of fall down into it if I fall into a brace, but I have trouble getting the paddle out 90 degrees from setup position before initiating the hip snap.
I thought my braces would never look like EJ's but I am excited that his brace technique is actually beginning to work for me.
I tried all this tonight for the first time with dry suit on - in a lake. Tomorrow will do more of the same but in river - for the first time with gear. Hoping to get rolls consistent with gear - in the river - this weekend.
Here is a pic of my kayak - FYI