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03-26-2014 05:02 AM
ItchEtrigR Switch usually comes from time at the hill, loving this shit will make you try new things as you become confident. go boarding enough and eventually you'll give it a proper go. Giving it a proper go will make you want to get better. If your lucky your learning this shit from the start.
03-26-2014 01:36 AM
snowman55 People over think it when it comes to riding switch. All they have to do to start is just go to the bunny hill and start riding switch.

Start with same beginner drills used when learning to ride regular (falling leaf, garlands, J turns, etc..). After few hours, you'll be riding switch.

It'll come alot quicker than when you learned how to ride since you already know what needs to be done to turn, stop, slow down, etc.. It just takes practice time.

I improve riding switch tremendously when I was forced to ride switch more when teaching my kids. For 4 weeks or so, I rode more switch than regular. Before that, I would only ride switch when I was riding in the park which wasn't more than 20% of the time.
03-25-2014 02:16 PM
CassMT huh? ya lost me

if one can ride forward and already knows the principles, there is nothing an instructor can say except 'practice'...i'd save the money for beer
03-25-2014 02:02 PM
Originally Posted by CassMT View Post
here's my twitter-length switch lesson:

take everything you do when riding forward and do that riding backward.

did i miss anything? i accept Paypal btw...
Thought skiers ride backwards, feel goofy saying that, I'll just switch back to snowboarding esier already.
03-25-2014 01:56 PM
CassMT here's my twitter-length switch lesson:

take everything you do when riding forward and do that riding backward.

did i miss anything? i accept Paypal btw...
03-25-2014 01:44 PM
SnowDogWax Agree with Chomps take a lesson, just strap in regular and keep at it, you will make progress. Have fun.
03-25-2014 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by menacekop View Post
I have a few more questions for riding switch.

As a quick back ground I'm riding a Burton supermodel, so it has a 10mm taper and it is center off-set by 1in. For my last run I centered my bindings on the board tried a few turns switch and instantly bit it every time. Now I was with other people and didn't want to hold them up so I didn't focus in on practicing but my next time out I want to make some real progress.

Question is should I strap in regular and just practice switch or should I completely change it up, strap in goofy and start as if from square one?
I haven't read every post on this thread, so forgive me if I've missed something. I learned to ride switch on a directional twin board with almost 2" of setback on the bindings.

I'm not familiar with your board but If it is a directional board, (...which from your description it would apear to be!) Centering your bindings completely F's up the turning characturistics of the board. I have no doubt you "bit it" as you said.

It is entirely possible to ride switch on a directional board even with the setback. My advice is ask around and find an instructor who can teach you how to ride switch. and take a lesson or two. That's what I did. I can ride switch confidently on any directional or true twin board.
03-25-2014 10:16 AM
whiskaz Spent the day riding with my wife (who as of yesterday is riding blues comfortably... slow...but controlled and comfortable). I spent the day trying to ride switch. So awkward. So hard to initiate turns as quickly as I do riding regular. By the end of the day though, I was so much more comfortable on my board... riding switch or just flat spinning.

At the beginning of this season I had a very 1-track mind. Content to just ride downhill and enjoy the turns. During seasons prior, it was all about getting the most runs in (I'm 3 hours+ away from the nearest hill). This year I changed my perspective quite a bit...start trying a lot of new things. I've progressed a lot this season as a result. It's been a lot more fun too!
03-21-2014 10:10 AM
Elit3PwnZ0r I am trying to ride more switch this year and this how I did it:

1. Race a friend who is also learning switch down an easier trail (this will help you to work on better linking turns because of the competitive aspect)
2. Ride easier parts of trails switch. (you'll spend 1/4 to 1/3 of the time riding switch)
3. Dedicate a harder section to switch riding (so you expand on your abilities)

Good Luck!
03-21-2014 09:31 AM
speedjason its much easier when you know how to ride normally before riding switch. it would feel weird initially but as you get better and better it will be the same.
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