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Earilier I thought my offside roll was just perfect but I was always doing it as a full 360 in calm water. Then after some failures in the surf on my offside I started intentionally practicing rolling back on the same side as I flipped and had trouble. It took a bit of practice but my two main issues were 1) not hesistating after flipping to let the boat and blade bob back up to the surface. and 2) I had what I always call the chicken wing where my non-sweep arm was getting away from me rather than being held close to my chest (upper arm). Working on these two it's much better now though still not perfect if I'm really bounced crazy before going over.
btw as far as brace vs roll... First, do learn the roll so you can do it well on same side if brace fails -- you'll be happy. In rocks you especially want to go toward the surf (i.e. brace) because flipping away often means shallow rocky water. But in some cases like in surf without rocks with a wave flipping you then you are indeed best to setup and roll away from the wave letting the wave help make a very clean and fun roll assuming you don't edge and brace in time for a clean side surf ride.
Your profile says Kansas so I gather you're on a trip for rock gardening? Just curious where.
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