This video demonstrates the value of side sculling in rough water:
I hear you saying that you find it difficult to do a static brace in a touring kayak even though it works fine in your Tahe. Ditto.
I am amazed whenever I find someone who can do a static brace in a touring kayak.
A static brace with or without a paddle works fine in my Tahe or either of my SOF qajaqs.
When I try that in any touring kayak I sink like a rock no matter how much I work on the correct posture.
I have come to the conclusion that some people have a lot more buoyancy than I do and that the static brace works much better for women who have a different weight distribution.
My other conclusion is that I have to do a sculling brace in a touring kayak rather than a static brace…I need that extra lift.
When I am teaching rolling, I start people out in the side sculling brace. They usually bring a touring kayak to the lesson and trying to get them to do a static brace is usually futile and frustrating. It's not fair to a student to demonstrate something in a Tahe and expect them to repeat the move in a touring kayak that was not designed for that job.
My other conclusion is that flotation is a key part of rolling that is seldom discussed. I think my bones are made of lead because I need added flotation to do a lot of rolls. I wish that more rolling instructors would acknowledge that issue. I have been to lessons where the instructor wore a fleece suit, dry suit and neoprene tuilik and bobbed on the water like a cork while I could take a full breath and sink to the bottom and stay there. I am tempted to buy a divers buoyancy adjustment vest.
: You are spot on about the floating, I wrote an article about the importance
: of floatations for Ocean Paddler a couple of months ago. One of my very
: dear freinds in Minnesota has a beautiful static brace, that she can only
: hold when six inches under water. It is perfect, but that is where she
: floats! She would need a snorkel to last more than 30 seconds. Sculling
: brace is the key, I think Warren Williamson best demonstrates the power of
: the scull in his videos, invariably he rolls up into a scull, then
: composes himself times the waves and then completes the roll.
: Keep in rolling, and sculling,
Thank you for that acknowledgement! That is a point that a number of Greenland rolling instructors don't understand.
Some people need a little buoyancy adjustment to put them 'on a level playing field'.
And please don't insult your students by expecting them to do a static brace in a touring kayak when you are demonstrating it in a Tahe.