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Old 08-21-2013, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Basically I'm interested in peoples opinions of the importance to either being familiar with riding switch or riding switch just as good as you're normal stance.

Obviously its essential for park rats. But I guess I'm refering to it being helpful in sketchy situations.

For example: you are in the trees and get forced into a switch stance and need to maneuver yourself thru a little ways before you can switch back. Unless you just stop and turn around.

I ride switch every time I ride and have my friends practice it as well even though they find it very uncomfortable.

I'd like input. NO opinion disregarded.

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Old 08-21-2013, 05:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it's only as important as you want it to be.

It really depends on who you are asking. Recreational riders? Instructors? Pros or people with career ambition? 4 year olds?
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it's only as important as you want it to be.

It really depends on who you are asking. Recreational riders? Instructors? Pros or people with career ambition? 4 year olds?
I guess recreational riding seems the correct genre. Instructors and Pros are on another level I assume.

I just wanna see what people think about it. Even people just starting


Edit: I believe I read that wrong. I really am curious to hear all they're views.. Not just about "recreational riding"

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Old 08-21-2013, 05:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i think its really wherever you wanna take it and how far you want to progress.. its really up to the rider
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would like to ride switch as good as I can ride regular. Sometimes I flip around and ride up to the lift switch. But I'm still not good at all.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I find switch riding to be extremely helpful for developing symmetrical strength and reducing the impact that many riding consecutive riding days has on the body. Riding one way all the time develops strength, flexibility, and puts general wear on your body in some unexpected ways. Riding switch frequently helps to alleviate some of those effects.

As a personal example, I happened to visit a foot and ankle doctor recently for something unrelated, and after some x-rays he asked me if I leaned on my left foot a lot. Which, of course as a regular rider, I lean on my front foot constantly. It turns out that the bones in my left foot are now aligned differently than the bones in my right foot, solely from riding regular for so long.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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100% think you should at least be able to in a sketch situation. I tried learning this year, but in ice is for the birds. I'll wait for the fresh.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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if you are interested in park at all if you can't ride switch it really limits the amount of tricks you can do. Lots of them have you coming out riding switch.

I say after your 2nd season, of course depends on how many days you can get out. You should have switch on lock for green runs. I can ride our easy blacks, technically and I look a bit mechanical but I can ride them, but no way as comfortable as I can in my normal stance. Again some of our blacks are blue/greens else where
I could never load/unload a chair switch.
So I think this is something that will benefit riders to know. Plus re-learning to ride switch can translate into becoming a better rider in your normal stance Reg or Goofy
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Recreational rider here. My reasons for being able to ride switch:
  1. Purely subjective, I guess... I get a lot of satisfaction out of riding anything switch just as well as I ride it regular. OTOH, I ride with buddies who think that switching it up is riding backwards, can throw 360s but not 180s. They have just as much fun as I do. Each to his own
  2. When my trail leg (powder) or lead leg tires, I just switch it up and keep on going. Just the act of switching out is like a rest in itself
  3. A couple of seasons ago, on a week-long trip to the Rockies, I got a severe case of toe bang on my right foot (goofy is my natural stance)... on the very first day . No worries, I just rode switch, almost 100% of the time, for the next six days. Long awaited boarding trip not ruined by stupid injury

The only time I don't switch up is getting on and off lifts.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i moved from Florida to Colorado last Oct, snowboarded 4 days in total before the move...now i have quite a few....after about a month of riding pretty regularly i decided to learn switch....was tough at first but knowing how to already snowboard regular i just applied the same principles that i already knew and now i can ride switch pretty much the same as regular....i enjoyed learning it as i want to progress and i think naturally riding switch is a good start at progressing.

now for the 360s and the big jumps at A51...ahhh next season cant come soon enough!!
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