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Old 11-24-2011, 09:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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there are actually several good tips for riding switch. i have surfed and skated forever, but in surfing nobody rides switch ever (except for short extremely rare circumstances like 180 airs and shit like that, and thats not really switch, your board is backwards) and i never did very well switch skating either as i was not a pipe or park, but street and downhill rider.

point being never really practiced switch even on the snow, but since becoming obsessed last year, it has become important to me as well.

this video helped me alot: Snowboard Basics: Switch Riding - YouTube

everything he says is really important, he is not wasting words. watch it like 20x. its hard to remember everything on the mountain, but everything he says HELPS.

you can just practice and learn the hard way, like the guys say, but there are definitely some really solid tips here:

1. concentrate on a new foot forward, instead of imagining that you are riding backwards.
2. rotate your back knee out as you keep square and centered on your board, but turning your shoulders and head to the direction you are heading, driving the board where you want it to go.
3. focus on the independant movements of your lower legs to control your board to link turns

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4. if you already are beyond beginner riding regular, then teaching yourself to ride switch should remind you alot of your first few days on a board. you have to be a little more mindful of your edges so you dont look like a somersaulting scorpion all day. turns are not initially natural, but something you have to focus on as you transition from heel and toe throughout the turn.

learning switch was important to me for a long time but i could never find any tips. i've watched this video like a hundred times and rode a bunch of switch this preseason...its working! you CAN teach an old dog...

i like doug's videos, have pulled a couple super bogus 270ish 360's barely even trying but focusing on the stuff he teaches in that video as well.
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