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Rolling Frustration

I went to the pool tonight to try rolling my Arctic Tern. I found I had trouble staying in the HUGE cockpit. I was unable to roll. I almost nail a couple, but just couldn't quite get it in my own kayak. My knees kept popping out and sometimes even pulling the sprayskirt loose. I also found out that I don't have adequate hip braces. Also with the high back of the coaming, I had difficulties leaning back. It looks like I will be beefing up the padding so that I will be able roll the beast. I also know that my technique is not quite what it should be yet, I still found myself pulling my head up too soon, but that may be related to the high coaming. Maybe I'll try the walrus next time. I don't know about chlorine on the canvas though.