If you think of writing with your less dominant hand or kicking a ball with your less dominant foot, you'll think that riding your snowboard in a switch stance is something you'll never get used to. Actually, riding switch -- which means snowboarding with your less dominant leg forward -- isn't as tough as it sounds. After a few adjustments to your bindings and a bit of practice, you'll see that you've become a stronger rider and have access to many more freestyle and freeriding maneuvers.
Adjust Your Bindings
Adjust your stance to a duck stance, so your toes are facing outward. Move the indicator arrow on the mounting disk in the center of the binding until the front binding is at 18 degrees and the rear binding is at -6 degrees.
Step into the binding and make sure your knees and calves are comfortable. Rotate the bindings a few degrees in either direction to find a more desirable angle if you feel any strain on your legs.
Screw the mounting disk into place at the angle you found most comfortable. Push and pull on the bindings to make sure they won't come loose on the mountain. This new duck stance will help you transfer from regular to switch with ease.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice riding down a slight slope, such as the bunny hill, with your dominant foot forward. Think about the turns you make in your regular stance, with your dominant foot back. Mimic these motions in the switch stance, shifting your weight from your toes to your heels and vice versa to turn down the hill.
Lean forward to keep your body balanced over the center of the board. Most riders lean too far back on the board when learning to ride switch.
Practice riding switch daily. You will not perfect riding backward instantly, so you need to practice until you can successfully link your turns down the hill. Practice linking a few turns each run in the switch stance. Soon you'll be riding switch for the entire hill, and you'll feel comfortable doing it.
Items you will need
- ✓ Snowboard tool or Phillips head screwdriver
- Carry a snowboard tool with you on the mountain to tighten your bindings or change the angle of your stance.
- Don't attempt to ride switch on the advanced terrain until you've mastered the technique. Stick to the beginner slopes as you learn so you won't endanger yourself or other riders.
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