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Old 01-30-2012, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In order to move on to 180s and 360s jumps, I need to learn switch. I can't seem to do it correctly, and I can't even link turn on goofy. When I begin on goofy, I think I'm just scared, but I'm not sure. Tips? Iv'e used two months of trying to get it, but I still can't.

I can ride regular perfectly, according to my class teacher.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey im learning how to ride switch too rite now but i've found that just going to the beginner hill and forcing yourself to ride switch helps a lot. I just go real slow and go on an edge across the whole trail, come to a very slow speed and the end and then ride the other edge all the way across. It feels awkward at first and your body is gonna try and force you to ride normal again but no matter how weird it feels just stay switch. (Unless you are way out of control and are going to crash.) It will eventually feel more natural but it does take some time.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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stop riding regular, set up your bindings in a goofy stance. im doing it, you feel and look retarded but thats the only way to learn. focus on your fundamentals, steering with your feet and keeping centered over the board.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Went out on Sunday and dedicated the entire day to learning butters and riding switch. By the end of the day I got down a blue run (White Pass, WA) but was still throwing my back foot around to help turn.

I read somewhere on this site to think of it as riding a new stance instead of riding backwards. Reminding myself that I wasn't riding backwards helped me out a lot.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I read somewhere on this site to think of it as riding a new stance instead of riding backwards. Reminding myself that I wasn't riding backwards helped me out a lot.
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oh and practice

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keep practicing switch forever.

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In order to move on to 180s and 360s jumps, I need to learn switch. I can't seem to do it correctly, and I can't even link turn on goofy. When I begin on goofy, I think I'm just scared, but I'm not sure. Tips? Iv'e used two months of trying to get it, but I still can't.

I can ride regular perfectly, according to my class teacher.
Have you tried the exercises/tasks that you did with your class teacher but riding switch instead? Sometimes people try to jump straight into learning switch by mimicing what they currently can do in their regular forward stance. Breaking it down to simpler tasks like a straight traverse, j-turns, garlans, etc. can help. Also the size of the turn attempting can make a difference.

Also to help you out better more detail to what happens when you try to ride switch helps. i.e. when do you fall toe to heel, or heel to toe? Do you fall down the hill or up the hill? etc...
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Have you tried the exercises/tasks that you did with your class teacher but riding switch instead? Sometimes people try to jump straight into learning switch by mimicing what they currently can do in their regular forward stance. Breaking it down to simpler tasks like a straight traverse, j-turns, garlans, etc. can help. Also the size of the turn attempting can make a difference.

Also to help you out better more detail to what happens when you try to ride switch helps. i.e. when do you fall toe to heel, or heel to toe? Do you fall down the hill or up the hill? etc...
When I was in a class, I did ask to ride switch, but I'll notice the rest of those things.

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I'm currently practicing riding switch and my biggest issue is that I go back-seat if I don't concentrate. As soon as I focus on moving my weight forward, things are good again.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Like Donutz said and I still have to do this as well. I can tell when my weight is centered or leaning back. I actually have to move my weight forward.
If I recall correct I just started with falling leaf. That came fast 1/2 hour, then I went right into "large" linked turns. As I got more comfortable I tightened them up, if needed I would flip to my normal stance (goofy) to save a fall or just regain my composure and then start again.

Keep at it and as mentioned above, it is learning all over as a newbie, not riding backwards. Also are you "duck stance" this helps a ton.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i'm learning to ride switch so i can do a 180/360 jumps too. but as for now i ride switch(i ride regular 12/-3 angle).what i've been practicing is to ride goofy going heelside then spin 180 to regular toeside,carve across the fall line,spin to goofy then turn goofy toeside go across the fall line,carve on heelside goofy and repeat again. i'd also just carve across the hill goofy on shorter turns especially when the hill gets crowded with people.cannot do 180 on small natural side hits yet but i can jump, do 180 when i stop from a carve going uphill i guess i'll keep trying... as for tips riding switch,don't look down when riding switch it will mess you up! look ahead and position your body as like your riding regular.not sure what your binding angles are but your head will start to adjust to it once you keep at it. you can always switch back to regular to avoid crash like slyder says then start over again.
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