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post #41 of 57 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 12:08 PM
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I have a few more questions for riding switch.

As a quick back ground I'm riding a Burton supermodel, so it has a 10mm taper and it is center off-set by 1in. For my last run I centered my bindings on the board tried a few turns switch and instantly bit it every time. Now I was with other people and didn't want to hold them up so I didn't focus in on practicing but my next time out I want to make some real progress.

Question is should I strap in regular and just practice switch or should I completely change it up, strap in goofy and start as if from square one?
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I have a few more questions for riding switch.

As a quick back ground I'm riding a Burton supermodel, so it has a 10mm taper and it is center off-set by 1in. For my last run I centered my bindings on the board tried a few turns switch and instantly bit it every time. Now I was with other people and didn't want to hold them up so I didn't focus in on practicing but my next time out I want to make some real progress.

Question is should I strap in regular and just practice switch or should I completely change it up, strap in goofy and start as if from square one?
Maybe I'm in lala land, but wouldn't doing either of those two things end up with you riding the exact same way?

(Could always ride the chairlift up in a switch manner, then hop on your board and begin your runs switch. I've started a few runs switch, but never actually took the steps to ride up the chairlift that way. The reason I mention this is for the benefit of psychological comfort. Maybe by going up the lift left foot first(in my case) u trick your mind into thinking it's your natural foot. When I first began snowboarding, it was the ability to get off the chairlift at the top and not crash that gave me the confidence to really get into carving down the mtn. So, if I do this with my other foot, maybe that comfort level will arrive for my less blessed foot :P
Every snowboarder who knows how to ride and has been through beginner phase can ride switch, just a matter of being comfortable and confident. Not too mention easing lift pains! I'm gonna try it.
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I have a few more questions for riding switch.

As a quick back ground I'm riding a Burton supermodel, so it has a 10mm taper and it is center off-set by 1in. For my last run I centered my bindings on the board tried a few turns switch and instantly bit it every time. Now I was with other people and didn't want to hold them up so I didn't focus in on practicing but my next time out I want to make some real progress.

Question is should I strap in regular and just practice switch or should I completely change it up, strap in goofy and start as if from square one?
Hmm... I would do either of the following

1. Just keep you bindings in the regular positions and ride switch... the taper and setback are not ideal, but it's not going to make it impossible to ride switch, so just practice. If you ever ride a board more centered and twinish you will find you will remember everything you did riding your old board will immediately become easier... kind of like learning to ride on the icy slopes of the East coast, and then going on the groomed powder out here in the West (I grew up in New England).

2. If you really want to dedicate a whole/half day to riding switch, you can switch you board up so your bindings are setup goofy footed (right foot first) like you mentioned. I would recommend strapping in your left foot and going on the chairlift that way. Learning to ride one-footed switch is really hard starting out and I would recommend leaving that for another day. Basic kicking around and riding off the lift with a tapered/setup board "reversed" isn't that hard.
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haha, sorry to confuse you guys. By "strapping in" i didn't mean anything about the chair lift, I just meant should I change up my bindings to be goofy footed.

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1. Just keep you bindings in the regular positions and ride switch... the taper and setback are not ideal, but it's not going to make it impossible to ride switch, so just practice. If you ever ride a board more centered and twinish you will find you will remember everything you did riding your old board will immediately become easier... kind of like learning to ride on the icy slopes of the East coast, and then going on the groomed powder out here in the West (I grew up in New England).
I'll take this to heart, just gonna bite the bullet keep my stance regular and ride switch style as you say the extra difficulty in doing so may help my overall riding skills and it will be all that more easy to ride switch when i get a twin board.

BTW the ice slopes in North Central WV and South West PA are all I know, powder is but a myth to those of us here in the east.
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Maybe I'm in lala land, but wouldn't doing either of those two things end up with you riding the exact same way?

(Could always ride the chairlift up in a switch manner, then hop on your board and begin your runs switch. I've started a few runs switch, but never actually took the steps to ride up the chairlift that way. The reason I mention this is for the benefit of psychological comfort. Maybe by going up the lift left foot first(in my case) u trick your mind into thinking it's your natural foot.
I do this from time to time, and if you're going to take the chair switch, ride just 2 people on a chair if possible. It's going to feel really weird holding your board with the opposite foot and (in my case at least) very uncomfortable having the board on that foot, even when you support it with your other foot. If you can link turns switch, getting off the chair really isn't too strange, but you'll feel a little out of whack right at first when you strap in the other foot for your run.
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Tips for riding switch

So I just started riding last Saturday and one thing I was told by a veteran snowboarder was to learn switch at the same time as regular. This has helped me so much that I'm comfortable riding both sides now and have no problem throwing a 180 since I don't lose balance on switch
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Started riding switch this December I had face plants and the whole relearning thing. Big change for me was simply commitment. First linked a couple turns switch, then down an entire slope switch, then entire day, now when racing a friend down slopes I ride switch.
Switch has now become another link in my snowboarding maturation. I'm about to finish only my 3rd season snowboarding, 2nd after not boarding for 10 years.
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its much easier when you know how to ride normally before riding switch. it would feel weird initially but as you get better and better it will be the same.
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I am trying to ride more switch this year and this how I did it:

1. Race a friend who is also learning switch down an easier trail (this will help you to work on better linking turns because of the competitive aspect)
2. Ride easier parts of trails switch. (you'll spend 1/4 to 1/3 of the time riding switch)
3. Dedicate a harder section to switch riding (so you expand on your abilities)


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Spent the day riding with my wife (who as of yesterday is riding blues comfortably... slow...but controlled and comfortable). I spent the day trying to ride switch. So awkward. So hard to initiate turns as quickly as I do riding regular. By the end of the day though, I was so much more comfortable on my board... riding switch or just flat spinning.

At the beginning of this season I had a very 1-track mind. Content to just ride downhill and enjoy the turns. During seasons prior, it was all about getting the most runs in (I'm 3 hours+ away from the nearest hill). This year I changed my perspective quite a bit...start trying a lot of new things. I've progressed a lot this season as a result. It's been a lot more fun too!

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