Sincraft, I presume as a "senior member" here, that you are likely an experienced boarder?
I'm a 51 yo NooB. Stepped on a snowboard for the first time a little over a year ago. So I've only had maybe 4-1/2 or 5 months where I could ride. (split up by a Loooong wait thru spring, summer, & fall)
No prior skiing experience either. I've got 25+ days riding this season! (If you can call this a "Season")
I ride Regular on an Arbor Roundhouse 163W directional twin board. Up until about two weeks ago, I couldn't make a toe side turn while switch. Every
time I tried, I crashed!
Every Time!! I could "get" switch, but I could only ride straight and heel side turn my way back to riding regular. I was sure
this was due to the nature of the directional board being shorter & stiffer in the tail. I figured the difference in geometry when reversed was too different & throwing me off.
About two weeks ago, I paid for a private lesson for riding switch and I can tell you now,.. "It Wasn't the Board"!!!
Or at least, the board wasn't the main
problem! I got some Good
instruction, some relevant tips and direction on correcting problems with my form which weren't much trouble for me when I was regular, but were definitely tripping me up whenever I went switch.
Now, In the 5 or 6 days of actual riding I've done since that lesson, I've gone from crashing every time to making top to bottom trips down blue runs riding switch the whole way!!
It still feels a bit awkward, and I'm no where near as good or fast as when I'm riding regular. But I am getting more and more comfortable with it.
I mention all
this because, If you are
an experienced rider. Maybe you might worry that taking a lesson is "Lame"? Un-cool? I'm a Noob, so I'm already "Lame" & Un-cool!
But for me, the lesson made ALL
the difference in the world.