I don't know about the "hip snap" concept. The whole idea that it is a quick, rather violent movement seems peculiar to me. What you're trying to do is just to move the boat from "deck down" to "hull down" balance - moving the top gunwhale up and over its apogee, so that if you weren't in the boat it would fall right side up instead of upside down. I don't see momentum as playing much role in this - it's not like you're trying to get the boat revolving on its long axis, to somehow pull you with it. The whole exercise can just as well be done very slowly and gently, twisting the boat over while your body stays on the water, then sliding your body off the water onto the deck, and sitting up. Making a "snap" of it not only makes it more of a strain, but disposes you to rush everything, pop upright, go right on over the other way, etc. Not that I know better than Wayne Horodowich, obviously. But ... I don't think the "snap" is a useful idea, it just seems to confuse people, and get them thinking they have to exert themselves and do everything fast. Whereas a good roll is a lazy thing, that can be stopped and resumed pretty much anywhere along the way.
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Posted by: redfeather1 on Aug-27-09 12:59 PM (EST)
I really appreciated this article! I've always used a similar knee/thigh move to edge my kayak, and find it analogous to the weighting/unweighting one does in alpine skiing to effect a carved turn. Unfortunately, when I've had previous instruction in the hip snap, the instructor has focused on something going on at the hip and torso - which I could never quite get right. This makes sense - can't wait to try it in the water.