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1-2 day(s) 12 28.57%
3-5 days 12 28.57%
6-10 days 4 9.52%
11-20 days 1 2.38%
20+ days 5 11.90%
Never learned/Never tried 8 19.05%
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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How long did it take you to learn switch?

Over the winter break I decided to take the final two days at Breckenridge as chill days and practiced on my switch riding. While it was a bitch to get over the weird feeling of riding with my left foot forward, by the end of the second day I was going at about 75-80% of my normal speed on blues (putting off switch black/double black runs for now, haha).

I guess I was just surprised because a lot of people say it takes forever to learn switch and I feel that I picked up the basics at least pretty quickly again. I'm not a prodigy by any means, but I feel like I'm doing decent.

So how long did it take you to learn to ride switch "decently"? (You can define it however you like)
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I'm still learning but I would say it took me about a day to get comfortable with it. My heelside turns are alot better from my toeside ones but my transitions need some help as I have trouble getting the edge up enough so it doesn't catch and send me off into a straightline because of my failure to get onto my new edge. Although it only took a day to get comfortable when I first picked up the sport I probably spent a day trying to learn in what would now be my switch stance and I also ended up doing falling leaf alot which really helped me get comfortable riding the other direction.

I don't think my switch riding will ever be even close to 80% of my regular riding and im fine with that as really I only wanted to learn so I could land stuff switch in the park and ride away.

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took me about 3 days before i was good enough at switch to do a switch 180 off a pretty big jump and switch grinds and what not
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took me about 3 days before i was good enough at switch to do a switch 180 off a pretty big jump and switch grinds and what not
It took me a while learning to "ride" switch mostly because I only used it to cab off of side hits and park jumps and land (then spin right back around) from the beginning. I can bomb blues now comfortably switch- took about 4-5 days to get there.

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I tried it every once in a while when I went riding, and the one day it just kind of all clicked and I can ride switch fairly well now.
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I've been riding for 15 years this month and I still can't ride switch. I can make some skidded turns down green runs. Sometimes I can link them, other days I have trouble and end up catching edges and falling. Frankly, I practice from time to time, but I don't really care whether or not I become proficient at the skill. It doesn't affect my riding since I don't ride park and I don't "jib" things.
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I do a little switch practice every time I go up in any case. When I'm up with my wife, I ride switch to slow myself down. Good practice, but I'm still nowhere near ambidextrous.


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It always felt retardedly hard, and one day, one hill it clicked. Now its like normal riding, unless the hill gets really steep. Then I chickenshit out to normal.
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I've been trying to learn on greens whenever I'm following beginner friends, haven't been able to link yet
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