Here are some basic points to watch out for:
- The boat rolling first with the very first movement of the paddle.
- The paddle on a c to c roll being perpendicular to the boat.
- The paddle being on the surface.
- The paddle blade flat on the water.
- Pulling the elbows down and in as you finish the roll.
- Under the water the body should be tucked while flipping, but once you start to sweep the paddle out, your body should sweep out as well, perpendicular to the boat.
- Once the paddle is swept out go ahead and do the hip snap.
- The movement of rolling is much more fluid if you are sitting up back straight or even slightly leaning back. Check it out sitting in your chair, try to rock your hips left to right while hunched forward, sitting up, and leaning pack. Which is easier?
Negatives to watch for:
- Most people move their body first when trying to get the roll firgured out.
- If the paddle isn’t perpendicular, either your body isn’t opened up or it is leaning too far back.
- The number two biggest mistake is folks don’t get their paddle to the surface.
- A non flat blade will dive.
- If your elbows are high your center of gravity ends up high and throwing your off balance.
- Tuck for protection.
- But once you sweep roll open up for hip action.
- If you see the boat start to roll and then stop abruptly thats a sign they are tightening the leg opposite the hip snapping leg.
For a more in depth look into the C to C roll, check out our DVD Series Demystifying the Roll, due out late 2009.