Almost from the time I first started linking turns late last Feb,.. I was having a problem where in about half
of the linked turns I was making, I was spinning & getting turned all the way around & "Unintentionally"
ending up Switch. I didn't know why this kept happening. But, whenever it did happen, I managed to avoid falling. Fortunately I could stay upright on the board, straight ride it out & heelside turn back to riding & turning "regular" but It was happening often enough that I needed to figure out what I was doing wrong.
One of the instructors @ Boyne, suggested that I was leaving my shoulders "Open" & rotated. He also mentioned that I was probably weighting my Back Foot too much as well. Between my "Open" shoulders & riding too much in the "Back Seat", The rear
of the board wanted to spin around & point itself down slope! He told me to pay closer attention to getting my weight balanced, my shoulders straight & pointed where I intended
to go and that would probably fix it.
His advice was Spot ON!! As soon as I applied his directions to my turning, I quit spinning! As a result of experiencing getting "Switch" so early in my learning to ride, the good news was that even tho I was a NOOB, getting switch didn't Totally
freak me out!!!
However,.. since fixing that
issue. I found that although I could get
switch & straight ride
it out, (...as long as I stayed on my heelside edge!) I could only do "Heel Side" turns. Whenever I tried to link turns switch. As soon as I went to go toe-side,.. COMPLETE DISASTER!! I wiped out every
Last week, I went back to Boyne for my vacation & I resolved to take another lesson from this instructor & see if he could help me fix this!
The first clip is from my lesson Last Friday. I asked the instructor if he would film the lesson /w my GoPro, so I could see & revue any mistakes I made I think I did pretty well for a first try. I was amazed
that I didn't crash at all on my first run down with him.
Switch Lesson-Clip.mov - YouTube
The next 2 clips are from Pine Knob! This was my first day out since I got back from vacation & my first chance to get in any real practice of what I learned @ Boyne!! The camera is strapped to my Regular Lead
Foot! You can see that I am
getting & riding switch and
linking my turns pretty well.
1st Day out After Switch Lesson.mov - YouTube
I really liked my "transition" from regular to Switch in this clip!
Switch Kinda Neat Transition - YouTube
Looking forward to your feedback! (...I think!)