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Old 02-12-2012, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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 time!

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!)
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm having also a hard time doing switch toeside turns. I really have to fight against too much turning->end up my nose pointing uphill. Which I think was the case with you also? I'll try to pay more attention to weight distribution and if my shoulders are open next time.

Overall opinion: I highly agree that lessons in most cases are "spot on". For some reason people tend to look down on taking snb lessons...
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way too long of a post to even begin reading. condense your posts and people will read and reply more
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way too long of a post to even begin reading. condense your posts and people will read and reply more
Funny, with the shorter posts the complaint is usually "Not ENOUGH Information! So,..
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Funny, with the shorter posts the complaint is usually "Not ENOUGH Information! So,..
somewhere in b/w will suffice and make everyone happy
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OP - Great post, thanks for the vids. Makes me wanna get back up to Boyne.
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At 2:39 your instructor busts that guy for almost taking you out LOL

I noticed that your lead knee still looks locked and not much bend in it. Also you still seem to be a bit heavy in the rear or back seating it.
It will come in time, looked good and keep practicing you'll get it.
I have to literally tell myself to keep my weight forward.
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At 2:39 your instructor busts that guy for almost taking you out LOL,..
Oddly enough,.. during EVERY lesson I've had with this instructor, He's had to chase down some dip shit for doing the same kinda thing! Last year it was some "Snarky" little 13 YO kid!

...as for your other observations, yeah, I can see what you're talking about. Honestly though, This vid clip was "Literally" my first try @ linking turns with the instructor. prior to this run, I had NEVER successfully linked a toe-side turn switch!! I Always wiped out on each attempt!!!

On that first run, I was nervous as hell and did NOT trust my ability to accomplish this at all! Looking at the clip again, I can see that fear & nervousness!

That's why I included the two clips from yesterday. I'm totally blown away at how well I did during the lesson, but even more so with the progress in my own confidence & ability since that lesson!!
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That's pretty good! I'm just beginning to learn switch and keep sitting back....great vids!
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Chomps,
I agree great job don't get me wrong wasn't tryin to put ya down. Just pointing it out, hell, I sometimes still do that in my non-switch riding
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