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Old 02-12-2013, 10:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I always thought switch ollies were the same as nollies... which is tough in and of itself...

but yeah, there was a time where I spent a good 6 sessions on the bunny hill and greens just to learn to ride switch. Changed my stance from 18/12 to 15/15 and did everything switch. felt awkward, wanted to give up and show off all these beginners that yes, i CAN ride in my regular stance, but realized none of them gave a fuck about me anyway, so just got over it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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What helped me most was consciously thinking about my body as I make my turns and carves riding "regular" and mimicking that when I ride switch. I, like most people, find myself putting most of my weight on my front foot when I ride switch, which completely changes how the board cuts on the snow. Consciously put more weight onto your back foot. Ride down half of the hill regular and truly think about what your body is doing when you turn and carve. Then start riding switch and do the same thing. Your body should be doing the exact same motions but with opposite feet. Hope that helps!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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What helped me most was consciously thinking about my body as I make my turns and carves riding "regular" and mimicking that when I ride switch. I, like most people, find myself putting most of my weight on my front foot when I ride switch, which completely changes how the board cuts on the snow. Consciously put more weight onto your back foot. Ride down half of the hill regular and truly think about what your body is doing when you turn and carve. Then start riding switch and do the same thing. Your body should be doing the exact same motions but with opposite feet. Hope that helps!
I have exact opposite issue as when I go switch I get uncomfortable and sit way in the back seat unable to make turns. I have to really tell/force myself to put some weight up front. I know I'll get there, was just way harder than I thought it would be.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Keep it up! Practice makes perfect
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Just keep on practicing. It gets easier. I instruct once a week for a few hours and I've spent every class riding switch since all of the kids I teach are regular and I ride goofy. Now I can do switch ollies, switch presses, switch butters and just have an all around fun time riding switch. The trick is to be consistent in your practice. Don't stop trying just because it's hard at first. The kids in my class got a kick out of watching me fall semi-consistently for the first two classes. Now they ask me if I'm going to fall for them anymore. I just smile and tell them "Nope.". Then I'll try something like a switch 360 butter and eat it cause I'm still not great them, and the kids all laugh. Switch is fun. It's hard, but it's fun.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:17 AM   #16 (permalink)
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When I take an intermediate rider into trees for the first time I always ride the trees switch. This really helps me to keep things toned down so I don't put the client in an unsafe or overwhelming tree environment.
I end up doing that a lot of the time.

Simply because when I ask if they can handle whatever terrain we're about to go in they "yes".

Then they can't, which sucks for all parties.

I have to ride slow & backwards & they flop around struggling.

I wish they would just say "No" in the first place.



Here is the guy that puts on slalom longboarding every Sat through out the summer.
He is a Machine.

He is also a snowboard & ski instructor.
This is him trying to learn, not switch riding, but riding the opposite stance.

This is the bunny hill as well.
Oh, & he is trying it with hard boots.

No point really, just kinda funny.

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Old 02-13-2013, 03:52 AM   #17 (permalink)
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So the mission was much harder that I expected to be honest. My body just does not want to travel down the hill "backwards". I really had a hard time convincing my body to go down the hill switch and even when I did I just didn't have any control over my riding. I was literary like day one all over again, but worse. Also riding normal and then flat spinning 180 I ate shit quite often catching an edge. Olling went well though, but I have done that a lot in my living room. I never talked myself into a jumping 180 and also pussies out on the smallest jump in the park. I think in two weeks I am going to take a two hour private "freestyle" lesson. I always feel better having a person in the know show me how to do things so I can try them. At least if I fail then I am failing at trying to do it right.
Since you're falling just sliding 180 around I would work on your helicopters. Just sliding around in circles both ways. It should get you out of the "sequence" you go through when riding natural. It is how I warm up ever day. Also when I I ride switch my biggest thing is simply turning my head enough. I also find practicing switch is easier well away from the bunny hill. The bunny hill can be too flat for proper snowboarding.
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So the mission was much harder that I expected to be honest. My body just does not want to travel down the hill "backwards". I really had a hard time convincing my body to go down the hill switch and even when I did I just didn't have any control over my riding. I was literary like day one all over again, but worse. Also riding normal and then flat spinning 180 I ate shit quite often catching an edge. Olling went well though, but I have done that a lot in my living room. I never talked myself into a jumping 180 and also pussies out on the smallest jump in the park. I think in two weeks I am going to take a two hour private "freestyle" lesson. I always feel better having a person in the know show me how to do things so I can try them. At least if I fail then I am failing at trying to do it right.
Practice a few jumping 180s while strapped in at the bottom and not moving. I found the easiest one to do when moving slowly was frontside spin while riding toe side. I'm off on a similar mission this weekend.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:41 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The mission continues tonight. I am heading out night riding for a couple hours tonight and will be back at trying to ride switch. I think instead of trying to point her straight down and try to make turns I'll move more horizontal and make turns at the end of the run span. I figure I'll control speed better this way. No idea if it will work but I am going to find out.
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So since there has been no new snow in awhile I am heading out for a bunny hill mission. The goals are to work on a hill switch riding, riding 180s to switch, and just ollies moving down hill. I am wanting to move into the park on crap days, but I figured it would be better to get some basics down on an easy slope. It's kind of lame I know, but I am stoked to work on these things.
I finally learned to do a legit 180 off a ledge. Pretty stoked I did it, I used to be scared of spinning. And boardslide the box. I'd like to do backside stuff, like backside 180 or backside boardslide. It's tougher to do backside because you can't see, but I guess that's what makes it cooler and gives it more cool points.
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