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One technique that has worked for me, is to concentrate on opening, or rolling out, your back knee when riding switch, as your muscle memory from riding normal will give it the habit of closing. A way to force this is to notch your front, normal, foot one degree past duck.

For example, last year was my first big season, and I always rode -12/12 (goofy). This year I switched to -15/15. Then after a week or so in OCT with no snow in sight I figured I better start working on switch, and about the same time I moved to -18/15.

Not only does this have the benefit of correcting your stance in switch, but it also moves your natural riding stance to a bit more forward (think alpine bomber) for speed and steeps.

I've always been a big twin, center stance, matched angles kinda guy, but this makes sense for me. Sticking to straight duck wont hurt.

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One technique that has worked for me, is to concentrate on opening, or rolling out, your back knee when riding switch, as your muscle memory from riding normal will give it the habit of closing. A way to force this is to notch your front, normal, foot one degree past duck.

For example, last year was my first big season, and I always rode -12/12 (goofy). This year I switched to -15/15. Then after a week or so in OCT with no snow in sight I figured I better start working on switch, and about the same time I moved to -18/15.

Not only does this have the benefit of correcting your stance in switch, but it also moves your natural riding stance to a bit more forward (think alpine bomber) for speed and steeps.

I've always been a big twin, center stance, matched angles kinda guy, but this makes sense for me. Sticking to straight duck wont hurt.
Nice idea, going to set up one of my boards that way. I can ride switch but want to get more comfortable at straight line cruising and might as well start hitting the lifts goofy. Thanks

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Do everything switch outside park and you'll improve fast. Load the lift switch. Skate off the lift switch. Ride down the mountain switch. Dodge kiddies and stuff switch. JP Walker said in in 2009 when he filmed his part for This Video Sucks, he ate sushi left handed and brushed his teeth left handed. Basically, just get out there and do as much stuff as you can switch and you'll find learning stuff in the park switch becomes easier.
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Lately, when teaching, I have been doing one footed switch riding; riding goofy with my left foot strapped in and my right (leading) foot free and skating mongo. Now THAT feels awkward as hell!!! I hate skating and getting off the chair switch!
yea that still one of the weirdest things for me, every now and then ill start unstrapping switch just for the hell of it but i look like a total noob when trying to skate in the lift line ha
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I would just keep your board the same, and not switch up the front binding. As long as your board is a true twin, riding switch should be fine.

I tried your idea (of switching my lead binding) a year ago, and getting off of the chair lift and pushing with the other foot is a pain in the butt.

Just keep on riding switch more than regular, try going all day riding switch.

When ever im not in the park, I actually perfer riding switch more than regular now.
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Yo what I did to learn switch tricks is just front or back one onto stuff, it seems scary at first but eventually you will get used to it and be able to ride onto rails switch
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