Now, maybe this was a coincidence, but one of the ways I learned how to ride switch on a directional 162 Rozzy with super aggressive stance was to go into a bit of a butter. When I first began learning how to turn/carve, I sometimes would overcarve and this would lead to a sensation similar to buttering it up. When this happens you can choose to stop your butter at 180 and do a couple simple carves and repeat the process of buttering it up in order to do the 180 so you're going with the good foot again. Maybe this is just one of those 'me' type of riding experiences, but if you're fearful of speed or simply don't trust the board or yourself not running into people with that speed, simply try to learn the butter method and you'll find yourself slowly progressing to riding more and more switch and you'll be comfortable doing it. I found myself visualizing how to ride switch, memorizing how the back leg and balance must be coordinated in order to stay in control, but then I arrived at the hill and would essentially start doing these carve/butters and that's how I learned how to ride switch (somewhat). Lol, my stance on my pow board is setup +25/+15 so other than coming out of a butter, I never really did switch carving. Just wanted to illustrate that this would be an easier way to learn how to switch ride and progressively increase your speed. Man, I can't wait to get my 2011 Machete out there and start ripping down the mountain switch. Gonna be a breeze with a twin, haha.
Oh-yeah and as if this needs to be mentioned.... Confidence is +1 when calculating the chances of success. Some things you have a 'mental block' about and others you don't. If you believe you can ride switch before you even try, you're likely going to be super successful as I was. If you think that going off a 20ft rock drop is going to end your life (exaggeration) then you might not wanna try it or if you do, you may biff it hardcore. Your thoughts breathe life into your riding, careful what you tell yourself.
Or find yourself a way of disguising what you're about to do as a rider. For example, though it was unplanned, me turning my mini-butters into short carving lesson riding switch made it feel really natural because it was never my intention. If you're into jumping, try landing fakie or bs and do a carve or two before straightening yourself out. Haha, maybe I should go smoke a bowl and stop thinking so darn much!
Seeing truly is believing. And anyone who is against that might learn how to do some tricks naturally and/or spend a lot of time on their ass learning. I'd rather just be a success first time trying something new, wouldn't you? Would you go into a final exam at university without studying? Study your riding man!
Tell the truth, even if it leads to your death. - For the truth will set you free.
Last edited by Peaceryder; 11-26-2011 at 09:32 AM.