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Old 01-14-2013, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i am terrible at riding switch i tried a couple times over last weekend but i just can't manage to do it. any1 have some tips that might make learning to ride switch easier? also my bindings are set at about 14 and 12. my front foot being 14.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you riding +14 and +12 OR +14 and -12? Clarifying this would help. If you're riding +/+ it would help to set your rear binding to either 0 or anywhere between 0 and -15.

A "negative" on your back foot would mean your back foot is pointing away from your opposite foot. Doing this first will help your setup to be more switch-friendly.

As for actually riding switch, practice, practice, practice. Force yourself to do it. Set goals. (I.e. I'll ride this green circle trail entirely switch).

I find that when I coach my athletes (who are younger), all have a tendency to ride in the backseat, meaning they lean back onto their back foot to try and control their board, which is wrong. Your weight should be on your front foot 100% of the time.

Can you give us more info on what you're doing wrong? What it feels like? I'm sure Snowolf will chime in eventually...but any more info would help.
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Your weight should be on your front foot 100% of the time.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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lol idk man its a duckfoot stance. i stand straight up i just fall right on my ass, i guess i was focusing on keeping up with my dad instead of trying to practice. next time i go i'll just do some green runs and practice.
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For me, I ride switch very often. I like to ride with my stance angles the same (+18,-18). I know people who ride switch more like yourself (+14,-12), so it is possible.

The reality of switch for most people is that you have to consider it starting over, and assume you can't actually ride a snowboard. Otherwise people try and ride switch on blues or blacks and wonder why they crash so much. Head back to the bunny hills (Suck it up, if you think you are too good for greens).

When riding switch, people usually have the same problems they used to:

- Riding in the back seat which means too much weight on the back foot
- Riding open, not keeping your shoulders and body in general in line with the board.
- Riding too tall, not keeping your knees, ankles slightly bent with the back up straight.

So, in summary head back to the greens and try out some novice turns switch. Trying to focus on keeping the weight mostly balanced, with a little extra on the front foot.
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awesome, thanks aiidoneus and snowolf. i'll definitely move down to lower terrain to practice riding switch
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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best advice i can give is go ride some easy greens or blues, even the bunny hill! and have fun with it. laugh when you fall, and get into. focus on figuring out how your turning regular and just slow it down and do it switch. just go slow at first.

If you really wanna go big, strap in switch and skate around one footed for a bit. Just get really comfortable lifting the board with your non dominant foot. get it used to being it front. do the lift switch(nice and easy, remember you always have your back foot free to the "chicken skate" off and on. and remember to laugh and have fun. I bet I look like a fool laughing to myself when i fall, but I swear youll never get down and out if your just rollin with it.

^ Also dont forget you you can always flip back around to your regular stance. This might also get you nice and comfy with switching back and forth.

Riding switch confidently was definitely my biggest accomplishment as a rider. you really realize snowboards are twin tipped for a reason. It took a while to get just as comfortable as regular but the trip there is a blast and it only gets better.

nice and slow, and lets see those big turns!

EDIT: Im a avid believer that if you do alot of switch riding you should have an even stance, mines ducked out at 15/-15 extra wide and love it. A narrowed duck might suit you better, but Id at least reccomend trying 12/-12 out regular.

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Old 01-14-2013, 12:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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resist the urge to revert back into your normal riding position & challenge yourself to link 4 turns, then 6, then 8 and so on. the best tip i got for switch riding was to periodically rest my front hand palm on my front thigh while riding switch. this keeps even weight on your feet and helps you to not lean away from the nose.
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some random tips that may or may not work for you:

- ride moguls switch

- strap in switch in and do it the whole day.

- concentrate on learning with a new foot forward, as opposed to trying to learn how to "ride backwards." This is just semantics in your brain, but it has helped me personally.

- go extra athletic, no lazy stance, really get into your quads and lower your hips, press your shins over your toes, keep your body square. I tend to ride a pretty lazy stance in primary with no worries but that laziness will get me an instant scorpion riding switch.
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- go extra athletic, no lazy stance, really get into your quads and lower your hips, press your shins over your toes, keep your body square. I tend to ride a pretty lazy stance in primary with no worries but that laziness will get me an instant scorpion riding switch.
This is great advice! That was a huge thing for me, riding lazy when learning switch caused me a lot of pain. I forgot how much slamming on cat tracks hurt. I feel like its almost worse than knuckling a small jump. learning switch on a mellow blue or a steeper green opposed to a gentle slope is key.
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