The Second Side Roll

Question: At what stage do you recommend that students begin trying their Greenland lay-back roll on the opposite side? This is something I would like to try but I wonder if anything is needed before taking that next step. I’ve been diligently practicing (and been successful each time but once) but still feel apprehensive with the first capsize in each session OTW. Once I’ve done that first one, I can dunk myself without hesitation, haha.

Answer: It’s best to have a very solid roll before starting your second side. This means that you’re hitting the roll just about every time and not having to think about it too much (it sounds like you might be at that stage already). People who start working on the second side too early often end up with inconsistent rolls on both sides (not a good thing). – Helen

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