Hi this is Nev Lapwood from Snowboard Addiction.
We’re up at Whistler Blackcomb and this is a tutorial on switch riding.
When you first learn to snowboard you generally ride in one direction until you’re relatively
confident. At this point you start doing jumps, learning to butter and entering the terrain
park which is when you realize: “OH, I need to learn how to ride switch!”
To do a 180 you gotta ride switch. For a ton of buttering tricks you have to
ride switch. If you wanna land a board slide to fakie you
gotta ride switch. And this is the case for countless other tricks.
At this stage you start to learn switch and realize: “Oh man, I’ve never tried this and
I suck at it!” Starting Out
To get good at switch, the first thing you gotta do is get out there and force yourself
to do it. You gotta go ride switch as much as you possibly can. Whenever you’re on a
cat track or a boring run ride it switch. A good thing to do is to take at least a full
run out of every single day and ride that run completely switch.
A good challenge is to try riding a chairlift switch with your opposite foot strapped in.
This is gonna force you to do movements you’re not comfortable with but you need to put yourself
outside of your comfort zone to expand your comfort zone.
It’s also very good for your muscles to ride switch, which helps develop them evenly through
both sides of your body. Getting good at switch riding will make you
a far better all round rider and will greatly increase your confidence while riding regular.
You’ll wonder you didn’t learn this earlier.