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Rolling in rough water

Many thanks for all the great advice on learning to roll and avoiding shoulder injuries. I took your advice and am now rolling like a champ -- okay, well only consistently in calm water, and as of yet have no off-side roll -- practicing that today.

Here's the question; When capsizing in rough water, I only get my roll about 1/2 the time and then only when my kayak is pointed directly downstream -- parallel to the current.

If I'm perpendicular to the current and capsize it's hopeless. I feel like an old grandma trying to roll my kayak up.

a) Is it because I'm trying to roll up into the current? b) Is it easier to roll-up away from the current -- and is this the reason you must know your offside roll. c) Do I need to relax and wait for the current to push my kayak into a parallel position before attempting a roll?

Your advice would be much appreciated. Again, thanks for the excellent advice previously. Your expertise is helpful and I really appreciate it!

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