brace are quite different. In my opinion its totally natural to practice bracing with the paddle behind you and the head coming up last- very similar head position to finshing a roll. If the goal is to immerse the head and still be able to brace up then your positioning works quite well since it approximates how you finish your roll. You can also practice sculling your paddle from front to back to front, while immersing your head before bracing up, just another way to practice. Actual bracing in ww involves reachiug for water in wide variety of positions to stabilize the boat and includes both high and low braces. For example on really big water I've even braced at head level. We should all practice bracing just like we do rolling. We'll be better paddlers if we do so.
I'm jealous of your roll. It looks great.
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