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  At least for a kayak
  Posted by: Celia on Jun-13-13 3:21 PM (EST)

Need a roll on both sides if you are going to be truly competent in moving water or surf. In both cases one side will often work and the other one will be at best a shaky bet since the water will be working hard against you.

I was open to the one side is enough argument until I had to roll up with only one side roll in some tidal current, and was facing in a direction that put the water working against the side I wanted to roll up on. I ended up having to bail, then went and started getting both sides. Strictly speaking there was probably a way out of that one, but in subsequent trips in class 2 or 3 WW I found that simply being able to change sides got me up a lot faster and more reliably.

I subsequently had a similar problem rolling up on a wave - the side I wanted to come up on meant I kept getting knocked down. After the debrief I realized that it would have been a piece of cake if I had just sensed things correctly and switched side.

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