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Old 01-28-2011, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all

i am new to this forum and new to snowboarding...
i only started few weeks back and loving it
but instructor is insisting i learn to snowboard backwards...
i got the technique a little, but every time i try to board backwards, i auto recover and go forward...

my question is how important for me is to learn to board backwards and does it really hold me back? can't i pick it up at a later stage with practice?

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can easily learn later. It really isn't necessary for anything but freestyle and having something new to work on whenever you get good.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I didn't start learning switch until I was trying out 180s.... then it's pretty important unless you adjust really fast... so I mean not crucial at all... but it's nice once you sort of have it down.
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Helps a LOT if you're doing moguls. But moguls tend to suck on a snowboard anyway, and you won't be doing that for awhile. Yes, good skill to have, even if you're just freeriding, but you'll pick it up as you progress naturally.
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Do mean the instructor is having you ride "switch" in other words you are leading with your back foot? If they are having you ride switch go with it. The earlier you learn switch the better you will get at it and the more versatile you will be.

P.S. Moguls are only not fun for those that don't how to really ride them.
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P.S. Moguls are only not fun for those that don't how to really ride them.
I actually don't mind moguls at all...but I don't necessarily seek them out. Riding switch has helped me out many times in the big bumps.
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I can't think of any way riding switch would help someone get through a mogul field. Are you doing 180s off the moguls?
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P.S. Moguls are only not fun for those that don't how to really ride them.
Disagree. Depends on the moguls. I find moguls quite fun unless they're the skier type of mogul. Don't understand how switch helps with moguls though.
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I can't think of any way riding switch would help someone get through a mogul field. Are you doing 180s off the moguls?
Works for me...when/if I get in a tight spot, instead of stopping/falling, it helps being able to just go in the other direction.
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