Just read through some great threads with advice on riding switch. Here they are below if people are interested.
So at the end of last season, which was my second full season, I just finally got my board, bindings and stance all worked out for feeling great riding regular. Pretty comfortable on most blues and many blacks, but no jumps or park type stuff. So then, this past weekend, what do my wife and I decide to do? start learning to ride switch. It was extremely hard at first. Wiped it at every heel to toe turn. But really fun. Finally at the end of the second day after falling more than all of last season combined, I was able to ride a short green from start to finish switch. But, that is going ridiculously slow, and the toe turn is still really hard to initiate, I find myself willing it mentally. Then after dinner, and two beers, we rode a little more and I found it really easy to do 180's going from regular to switch and back (essentially by doing this I am avoiding the heel to toe turn). Also it was pretty easy to do really slow clockwise and counterclockwise 360's, but they really break the speed. Again it was on the really easy bunny slope. A great weekend progression wise. I decided to look into things a little more and I found out that my board is directional, for some reason I thought it wasn't. Also my stance isn't exactly symmetric duck.
So my question is do people usually center their directional board when they start to add switch riding to their arsenal? Or do they leave it be? Here's my stats below:
burton custom ICS 162W,
cartel bindings EST,
boot - size 12
duck stance +18/-6,
22" wide stance
bindings set in the reference points which give about 1 inch setback
5'10", 190 pounds
I guess possible tweaks I could make are to bump my front and back bindings forward a little. Or I could leave the back foot where it is and bump the front forward a full inch. Also make my stance more symmetric. The next big goal, is I'd like to be able to do jumps and then work grabs and 180s and 360s into jumps.
The custom is always touted as an all around great board for everything, so I was surprised that the standard stance settings has almost an inch setback. Do people typically push this forward an inch in order to ride switch more comfortably? I really don't want to buy a new board, so I'm just going to ride this as long as I can.
I'll go through all the adjustments and trial and error anyway, but was just looking for some advice from people that have already gone through riding switch experience. How much did you have to change your directional board to make it work?