Surf rolls!

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#1
So I'm privileged enough to ride with a great group of guys here in south florida who all have different styles of riding. What I have noticed, when it comes to barrel rolls, is that there are 2 very distinct ways of doing them. One of them I don't even think classifies as a roll, but I could be wrong..
In one pic, my buddy @dmpus does a "roll" with the nose very high up.
Other pic shows the nose down roll, which imo looks more likes its rotating on an axis.
I know a lot of it has to do with body position, wave selection, timing, etc. as well as type of ski, position of footholds, etc. I do know my buddy went from a sj, to vision, to currently an edge and its always nose high. That takes the ski out of equation and leaves the rider. I guess my question is what defines an actual barrel roll, and what looks the best :)
@Proformance1
imo the orange ski is the one doing a proper roll. Correct me if I am wrong
 

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Proformance1

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#4
As we discussed, the hull set up, rider position, plus the way you leave the wave as far as timing goes all play a part in it. If you hit at the apex of the curl its harder, at least for me not to nose up. Right before the lip is max height and still get the roll on axis. FYI after market hulls seem to tail whip more. Same with flat water. A stock SJ BR perferfectly for me, a Freak/KDX/DVX not so much. :)
 

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As we discussed, the hull set up, rider position, plus the way you leave the wave as far as timing goes all play a part in it. If you hit at the apex of the curl its harder, at least for me not to nose up. Right before the lip is max height and still get the roll on axis. FYI after market hulls seem to tail whip more. Same with flat water. A stock SJ BR perferfectly for me, a Freak/KDX/DVX not so much. :)
Dat Justin Sylvain dvx roll doe.
 
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im wondering how much of a difference it would make waiting until you're leaving the wave before hucking it? Also, i think the folks that lean their weight directly to their side VS leaning towards where the fuel cap would be, makes lot of the difference in determining where the nose goes.. I just need to get more inverted. Here is what my "roll" looks like (Forward to 1:40)

 
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#17
For me i think pulling my feet up when i roll keeps my boat nice and flat, Loads of guys i ride with do nose high rolls and the land ass heavy and rarely ride out. That said pulling my feet speeds up my rotation so end up over rotating off a bigger wave. Tried some surf stance rolls recently and they are much harder, think i've ridden out of 1 so far.
 
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