Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an open water noob who has found that being patient really emphasizing the body roll makes a huge difference. So I focus on savoring the glide with my body fully extended and doing a short, sharp flick to do the rotation. I think that spending more time in the maximum streamline positions gives you an extra bonus by helping to cut through chop and currents, while time spent in neutral position generates an extra penalty for the same reasons.
Are you saying that the "patient keeping on skate edge" style pays even more dividends in open water than in the pool because being on edge mitigates the resistance and drag of chop and currents?