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Old 03-07-2011, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I feel like learning to not eat shit every time I attempt to go switch is sort of my next stepping stone. Any suggestions on how to go about it? My main problem seems to be heelside-toeside transitions and overall tentativeness. It probably also doesn't help that I have a very forward stance (18/-3). I tried 15/-9, but it put odd pressure on my surgically repaired right knee, so I don't know if ducking it out is going to work.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have always been so so in riding switch as I do mostly trees and tend to stay out off of groomers and the park. However I recently picked up a board with reverse camber (arbor coda) and switch has never been easier. I was seriously tired from riding the back areas of steamboat this weekend and needed to ride switch once on was back near the from of the mountain. With the crowds on the final run I would not have ridden switch in the past, but it seems the reverse camber makes it simple. Outside of cheating with a reverse camber, just practice. I just learned over time when I got into trees that were too tight and I had to ride the other way. I ride 15/-6, but not sure it makes a difference....BR
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know about your limitations with the knee or your angles. I ride duck anyway so I didn't have to adjust anything.

I was at the hill mid season and I spent 2 days riding switch. I started on the green runs and just slowly learned the motions all over. I still got on/off lifts goofy, not sure if you needed that info but there it is.

One thing I noticed I had to really concentrate on keeping my weight on my front foot. This helped a lot to engage the turns. Exaggerate your turns, this also helped me and as I got better I was able to tighten them up. I can now ride greens and blues, haven't tried blacks but that's fine. I am comfortable not riding switch on the blacks yet.

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I ride a mirror duck (18, -18), but I learned most of switch on a stance basically the same as yours. Honestly though just practice. You basically have to learn everything over again. A tendancy I had was when I fell, while practicing, was just go back to regular. If you can get rid of that urge and just keep going on switch you'll probably get it in a day or 2 and be pretty proficent at it. Also try to keep you weight centred, I had a tendancy to lean back.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Id try riding at 0/0 at least if i were u. Might make it alot easier, or ride with a little less forward.
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Id try riding at 0/0 at least if i were u. Might make it alot easier, or ride with a little less forward.
Are you serious with the 0,0? Do you ride with those angles?
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No i ride slightly medium duck. But the op says he cant ride duck becuase of a leg injury so 0/0 would be closet he could go to duck. I used to ride reverse duck but was told not to, and now i understand why, duck is very nice.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm working on switch a lot more lately. it's taken some major determination to not switch back to regular when things get squirrelly.

I took a lesson and my instructor suggested keeping the weight on the front foot -- which is a really weird thing to do when you're not comfortable charging the hill -- and then he said it helps if when you turn heelside you open up your knees, and for toeside, try to bring your knees together. It helps to get you linking a few turns so you can feel what needs to happen. I'm at the point now where I can 180 into switch and keep riding, but I'm nowhere near as comfortable riding switch. I do push myself to ride switch on terrain I'm not quite comfortable with yet. I slam all the time, though. Just takes practice. I know if I dedicate a good day or two to only riding switch I'll get better. It's just not fun recuperating.
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Are you serious with the 0,0? Do you ride with those angles?
I knew a guy who used to ride 0/0. He got pretty good at it too, both regular and switch. Not saying you should try it, but just saying that its not unheard of. Try like a 9/-6 or something
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heheh.. 0/0 is just kind of harder to support your balance.. I tried that once lol
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