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Old 12-20-2010, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Not really looking for tips, but if you have some cheat codes I'm down.

I tried putting in the Contra code and I didn't give me any more lives while I was on the hill.

On a serious note, I made some good progression last year in my switch riding. The first time I tried last year on an actual mountain (rather than a local sledding hill with shit snow), I just went for it and oddly enough I didn't fall once, nor did I have to revert, and I carved the whole way down. I got a little sketchy at times, but I stuck with it. It was a green run which at the bottom runs into a blue, which was perfect for learning to ride all switch. By the end of the season I could carve pretty well and could switch back and forth without an issue.

What I found odd was that it was easier for me to carve than to do anything else. I tried skidded turns and dynamic skidded turns and they were more difficult for some reason. This season I will work on skidded and dynamic skidded, and try some all blue runs. Who knows, maybe I'll progress to a diamond. I'm going to try powder as well. That should be great because falling is never a problem in pow.

Is anyone else going to be practicing their switch riding this year? My end goal is to be able to ride switch effortlessly down the whole mountain.

p.s. toe-side switch when you're a regular footed rider feels SO damn foreign.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try this code it helped me out a lot just make sure you enter it at the menu or it won't work.
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Up, Down, A, B, Left, Right

On the switch note I've been trying to work on my switch riding this year and the best advice I can give you would be to not force the issue and start as if your new. Take a look at some of the video lessons as they may point out your area of weakness and whats holding you back. Sometimes people forget the small things as they already know how to ride in their normal stance.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default switch tips

with regard to switch riding I think its mostly about increasing your awareness of your "wrong" foot - building up its strength and feel and eventually you'll start trusting it to do the same job as the "best" foot. think of anything that you usually do with your "best" foot and just do it with your "wrong" foot instead. this ranges from taking the first step going down or up the stairs to playing soccer to riding your skateboard switch. personally, I spent a lot of this summer skateboarding switch (about 30% of the time) and it has helped loads with my switch snowboarding... then of course there's just riding your snowboard switch - and set your goals high - you want to be able to do everything you can do regular in switch as well...
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Practice it all the time. Best way to do it is to declare the run an "all" switch run with friends. I noticed on my that I had a tendency not to use a full range of motion and ride a little more statically. I tended to inclinate more until I started to explore how far I could move. When I engaged the range of motion and forced my body to flex and extend more in the knees and ankles my switch smoothed out. The added angulation definitely made riding the trees easier.
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This is old-school advice, but if you ever can't seem to land a trick just take off your board and blow really hard at it...should be good to go after that.
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Practice it all the time. Best way to do it is to declare the run an "all" switch run with friends. I noticed on my that I had a tendency not to use a full range of motion and ride a little more statically. I tended to inclinate more until I started to explore how far I could move. When I engaged the range of motion and forced my body to flex and extend more in the knees and ankles my switch smoothed out. The added angulation definitely made riding the trees easier.
Yeah that's what I did last year. I did runs all switch. It definitely forced me to become better.

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This is old-school advice, but if you ever can't seem to land a trick just take off your board and blow really hard at it...should be good to go after that.
Dude, I tried that trick! I think it worked, I immediately initiated turns better after that.
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