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firedoc818 08-09-2005 9:18 PM

Just started this wake board thing and have always been goofy foot. Got up on the first try and can move about fairly decent. Problem is switching to right foot forward. I am having a hard time maintaining edge and am sliding and face planting. Is there anything I can do to get more comfortable going right foot forward??? Ie exercises, board drills....

wake_upppp 08-09-2005 9:21 PM

Set your bindings up to be even both ways. Ride a little switch every time you go out and it will slowly come around.

dococ 08-10-2005 2:37 AM

Slow the boat down and just do a couple hundred surface 180s back and forth and back and forth. That is how I learned them back in the day, and we even had directional boards back then with huge fins on the back. You just hold the switch position longer and longer and then bump the speed back up incrementally until you have it dialed. Then you learn to hop in and out of it, then go blind. Like Jay wrote, ride some switch every set. For every move I do regular, my goal is also to learn it switch.

wakebrdrnc 08-10-2005 5:12 AM

Not to be a smart a$$ but if you are goofy why are you having to switch to your right foot.

trout 08-10-2005 7:54 AM

are you sure you are goofy? IM goofy and my right foot foward is my normal stance. <BR> <BR>maybe you are not as goofy as you thought?

committed 08-10-2005 8:12 AM

Get the "Book" DVD and take the learning curve down to a minimum. <BR>

firedoc818 08-10-2005 8:54 AM

I dont know why but I have always led left foot forward, Skate boarding, Slalom skiing and now wake boarding. I have been eyeballing the DVD "The Book" and am now going to purchase it. I dont know why but I loved to ski, knee board and tube but since I tried this wakeboarding thing I cant get enough of it. My only dissapointment is that summer here in Ohio is coming to an end and I'll have to figure a way to maintain practice for the spring.....Maybe buy a trampoline!!!

wakeshoe 08-10-2005 10:12 AM

Firedoc, <BR>The term "goofy foot" refers to right foot forward. Normal stance is left foot forward. I think that's why Shane made his comment. Riding switch refers to doing the opposite of what is your normal stance. So, if your normal stance is right foot forward (goofy), switch is riding left foot forward - if your normal stance is left foot forward, switch is riding right foot forward. At least, that's what I've been told.

solo 08-10-2005 12:06 PM

Firedoc, <BR> <BR>Like Dococ said, slow the boat way down. Move the handle from your lead hip, "Which should be your left from what you wrote" to the opposite hip, "Right" This will allow you to do surface 180's and get a good feel for riding switch.

atlsackedup 08-10-2005 12:39 PM

screw the trampoline...go for a dry suit and ride longer into the year. that's what I plan to do. there's not substitute for time on the water.

emboarder 08-10-2005 1:06 PM

Let go of the handle with your left hand and you should just spin around.. Then just try riding around switch.

firedoc818 08-10-2005 2:01 PM

Thanks for all the help. I am going to try these ideas this weekend and let you all know how it worked!! As far as a drysuit I have 2 but it is hard to get the boat to cut thru the ICE <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0>

mossy44 08-10-2005 2:36 PM

also, make sure you have your weight on your heals. having too much weight towards your toes when doing the surface 180, will contribute to the faceplants!

firedoc818 08-16-2005 10:43 AM

Just want to say thanks for all the help. You guys on this forum are great. Spent all weekend on river practicing slow and feel much more comfortable riding right foot forward. I am now able to do wake 180's from the left and right. Once again THANKS. If anyone ever gets up to the Napoleon Ohio area and wants a pull look me up.

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