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10-10-2006 9:28 PM

Ok I can get up switch, I can do surface 180's back and forth good. But when I try to just ride switch for and cut out and back in to feel out the wake, I always crash. Today I got a PHATTY numbskull from catching the heel edge with my front foot... so I come here for advice. <BR> <BR>What is the best way for me to get riding switch down comfortably? I can do a 180 off the wake, but when I try to heel in towards the wake to 180 UP onto the wake, I eat it before I even get my edge set towards the wake! Should we slow the boat down and just let me carve back and forth fakie till I get it? Or is there a better way of doin this?

alanp 10-10-2006 10:03 PM

i bought a skateboard and just practiced riding switch all winter. i looked kinda silly 26 years old riding a skateboard(like crap since it was mostly switch) but it helped. i also getup/start switch alot to and carve around while the boat is getting up speed

denverd1 10-11-2006 6:34 AM

roy, just bend your knees, get low but stay balanced over the board. it will come with practice. <BR> <BR>alan, GREAT idea for offseason

monroeyd 10-11-2006 11:06 PM

Commit to it. Every time you go out, do some switch ridin'. Make yourself do it. You'll get comfortable with it quicker than you think.

uppledup17 10-12-2006 11:51 AM

My switch riding is bad also. I don't fall riding switch but I can't seem to ride in the same position as regular. I feel like I am in between a sideslide and riding regular. Is it a probelm with my hips not being in the right position or handle not in the right spot. ANy help would be great.

10-12-2006 12:16 PM

same here adam. I feel like I'm not set into an edge, and when I look down, my board is just like you said, halfway between a sideslide and regular riding. <BR> <BR>MD, I've been riding switch as much as possible, every time I go out on the last 2 trips out. I either start out switch from the pull up, or flip a surface or pop 180 into switch then ride from there. Just after a couple of hard washes, I go back to normal stance and start working my toeside edge. <BR> <BR>Nacho- I'll try that tonight, everybody says I look REALLY squiddy when I'm switch. Like I have a look of terror on my face and I'm all stiff and stood up. I'll Try gettin a little lower and work on my body position

wakeslife 10-12-2006 2:10 PM

I wakeskate goofy and wakeboard regular so I don't have any problems with switch riding...

10-12-2006 7:59 PM

well, I guess good for you upnorth... that doesn't help me much

10-16-2006 7:14 PM

here's a vid of me on the first day trying surface 180's and riding switch. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMBEc2zyT1g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMBEc2zyT1g</a>

denverd1 10-17-2006 2:03 PM

looks good roy. just stay in switch for a while. cross the wakes, ollie, etc.

duffy 10-24-2006 6:24 AM

First get up switch, ride right behind the boat for a couple of minutes. Then just take short little cuts back and forth between the wake. Finally cut out side the wake and cut in slow to the wake but don't try to jump it. Just cut in and cut back out. When you get comfortable doing this try coming in and jumping one wake. Try to go a little further each time. When your really comfortable then try wake to wake. Also shorten your rope until you get the hang of it.

clearlakescott 04-23-2007 7:51 PM

I have a friend who rides very well switch. I thought he was just a natural but come to find out he ride switch and only switch behind his PWC with his girlfriend pulling just under 20mph at least once a week for 30 min. I started forcing myself to ride switch for at least one set a week and it has really helped. switch backrolls are still not a given but I am sure with more ride time they will come.

stxr_racer 04-24-2007 5:47 AM

Roy, get "The Book" educatonal DVD and check out the two minute drill. This drill will really help you improve your switch riding..<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" border=0>

sacmule 05-22-2007 7:50 AM

Its all about practice, practice, practice. You have to ride switch to get comfortable and build the strength necessary to feel comfortable with the switch towside cut. You will feel a bit twisted up but much of it is probably in head (it is for me). Take your time and work on your carving and keep any jump limited to one wake. Working one wake (in and out) will help your establish better body position. Best advise, do not think about it, ride switch and simply practice your carving (light carving) to get your body used to switch stance and be patient but persistent with your switch riding. And pick-up "The Book," a must have for any aspiring wakeboarder, you will not be disappointed. The two minute drills are very helpful.

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