Originally Posted by gwake1989
Thanks to all for your advice and help. I have an even more basic switch riding question. I've seen lots of pros in videos do a small ollie and switch the board around real quick. Is this easier, or should i try the surface slide switch? If so, whats the easiest way to not catch an edge or slip? Thanks again for all the help.
Easiest way for me when I was first going switch was a little 1-wake toeside 180 going from outside the wakes to in between the wakes.
The second easiest was probably a surface 180. Surface 180's is probably where the greatest risk of an edge catch is. Make sure to keep your weight leaning back and your toes up. Going slower makes it easier. Your board will also have a huge effect on how easy it is to surface 180.
Ollie 180s are also a fairly easy way to get from switch to regular--maybe even easier than surface 180s depending on your board.
For me the hardest way was doing a heelside 180, and that was the last way I learned to do it.
I'm not sure that I consider "coming up switch" as a method for getting to switch. For one you can only do it once per fall. For another it's not really much different from doing a surface 180 at slow speed unless you come up sideways.
Now once you're switch, going back to regular will probably be harder. I found surface 180s going from switch heelside to regular toeside to be the most reliable method early on. After that 1-wake toeside 180s going outside in was probably the next easiest.