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for a long time, I tried switch on standard camber boards and just couldn't do it. It was only when I started riding TBT that I could ride switch and well (linking turns smoothly and confidently). I'm guessing any of the new tech boards (RC, hybrid, etc) with lifted contact points would be similar....if you can't do it on those, maybe your brain just isn't geared for switch
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for a long time, I tried switch on standard camber boards and just couldn't do it. It was only when I started riding TBT that I could ride switch and well (linking turns smoothly and confidently). I'm guessing any of the new tech boards (RC, hybrid, etc) with lifted contact points would be similar....if you can't do it on those, maybe your brain just isn't geared for switch
I just bought a regular old Burton Custom, and set it up for twin stance, and switch is SO much easier than on any directional board I've been on. I would either try centring stance, or try switching bindings 180 degrees (to make a direction board favour switch) before I'd buy a non-camber board.

But I'm a camber lover so I guess that's where that comes from!
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The info in this thread has been awesome to say the least. I been snowboarding for 7yrs on and off, and never had the urge to learn switch. I just bought a 2012 Rome Mod Rocker 159 which is a twin board. After a couple runs of riding duck again, I wasn't feeling that confident of riding switch. It was all in the mind and looking down hill in a different way. Once i was able to ride switch on my heel edge, I started to carve onto my toe edge. After a couple spills and a few laughs to myself about what I did wrong. I learned it quickly and now able to switch back and forth with ease. Next step is to do backside/frontside 180s.

Thanks everyone that helped in this thread
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I just bought a regular old Burton Custom, and set it up for twin stance, and switch is SO much easier than on any directional board I've been on. I would either try centring stance, or try switching bindings 180 degrees (to make a direction board favour switch) before I'd buy a non-camber board.

But I'm a camber lover so I guess that's where that comes from!
Do you do it by tweaking the stance a tad forward?
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I'm learning how to ride switch as well. i can do heel side and toe side pretty easily if I'm doing a big S shape down the hill slowly. But if i have any speed, linking turns together scares the crap out of me. Feels like I'm going to catch the edge when i'm going from heel to toe.

Am i doing something wrong or is it something i'll just have to get use to?
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I just did a lesson the other day. One good tip that helped me was controlling the board by bending it with my feet to make turns. I never had it explained that way to me before. Made a big difference, although I still can't link
More than a few turns.
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I'm learning how to ride switch as well. i can do heel side and toe side pretty easily if I'm doing a big S shape down the hill slowly. But if i have any speed, linking turns together scares the crap out of me. Feels like I'm going to catch the edge when i'm going from heel to toe.

Am i doing something wrong or is it something i'll just have to get use to?
The transition from one edge to the other is the dangerous point in the turn. Too soon or too late and you catch an edge. Your body remembers that from learning the first time. Good news is you'll learn it a lot faster the second time.


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I'm learning how to ride switch as well. i can do heel side and toe side pretty easily if I'm doing a big S shape down the hill slowly. But if i have any speed, linking turns together scares the crap out of me. Feels like I'm going to catch the edge when i'm going from heel to toe.

Am i doing something wrong or is it something i'll just have to get use to?
Just keep practicing on beginner slopes and you will get the hang of it. I still get sketchy when going fast on beginner slopes. You learn quickly and thats a bonus I learned to use my other foot(the one that usually is my front foot) to kick the board around. Just remember the technique of leaning into your turns and keeping your body centered over the board
It took me about 20 runs to feel comfortable. But I dont dare try going fast or on black diamond hills yet
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Do you do it by tweaking the stance a tad forward?
Yeah, I ride about 1/2" wider than reference stance, and the stance just happens to be about 1/4" back from centre. So I put the forward binding 1/2" further forward than reference and I'm off to the races!

It's certainly harder to ride in powder though. Great for switch, not great for every other aspect of riding...
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Do you do it by tweaking the stance a tad forward?
As long as your centered over your sidecut, you'll be good. Don't push your stance on boards with setback too forward otherwise you'll be ahead of the waist on switch and in front of the tails flex point while regular. IMO I wouldn't tinker with it too much or at all, as switch is just a matter of practise, centering a stance on a directional board isn't going to make you learn any easier. It's just going to make your tip & tail the same length, off center your stance with the sidecut and flex pattern of the board...
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