> For straight ahead surfing, the low brace is probably more usefull. In the
> overall scheme of things, I think it would be hard to make a case for one
> being more important than the other. A skilled paddle should be able to
> use both.
I agree, but here is a question.....at what stage should one abandon the low brace effort to continue a straight ahead surfing run and "accept" a broach, switching to side surf / high brace thus preventing a probable flip? In my experience the broach can come very quickly. I have found it takes a lot of low brace pressure to straighten out a surf run, but its that pressure that will also cause the flip.