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Snowboard Basics: Switch Riding
Written By: dougfagel

Riding switch (i.e. backwards, with your back foot forward) can be a lot of fun and very challenging at the same time. The ability to ride switch smoothly is one of the key skills that separates advanced snowboarders from aspiring intermediates. The problem, for many, is that they have picked up a few bad habits while learnign to ride normally (regular), which prevent them from making a smooth transition to switch riding. Even if you don't have this problem, making the change to riding with your "back" foot in front can be intimidating. So watch the video below and see how Sierra Snowboard Instructor Doug Fagel breaks down the key elements to mastering riding switch.

 


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RohanJ1 RohanJ1 - haha when he does it seems so fluid thanks this really helped
992 days 14 hours 17 minutes ago
hako hako - Thanks to Doug, it's very helpful video for me as beginner in snowboard (4 days) to practice at the same time snowboard turn and carving.
1008 days 21 hours 29 minutes ago
usmostwanted usmostwanted - thanks. waiting for new videos
1078 days 7 hours 53 minutes ago
rymar24 rymar24 - wow thx when i tried switch i faceplanted and never tried again.. i guess ill give it another try :)
1092 days 13 hours 2 minutes ago
krooroo21 krooroo21 - when i was taught to snowboard, i only rode switch and everyone said it was weird of me. it's good to know that it's not too strange.
1280 days 16 hours 12 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - When riding switch make sure to let your foot rest flat in the boot to promote a more balanced stance. Standing on the inside or the outside of the foot too much can through of your balance and ability to manipulate the board.
1328 days 20 hours 2 minutes ago
VSteeeze154 VSteeeze154 - These videos are super helpful! He makes it all look sooo easy...
1339 days 19 hours 26 minutes ago
ddoneleven ddoneleven - Can't wait to try this next time I go boarding.
1345 days 15 hours 42 minutes ago
ncearle ncearle - Just one thing: that front flip at the beginning is sweet you should make a how to video for that.
1357 days 21 hours 3 minutes ago
jchu jchu - i like i like
1358 days 14 hours 19 minutes ago
warped warped - Good start, but what's after that?
1362 days 13 hours 49 minutes ago
BBOYLE BBOYLE - love your videos! so helpful! ^_^
1368 days 28 minutes ago
ackattack ackattack - good tips, cheers for the help
1373 days 19 hours 59 minutes ago
thundersnap4 thundersnap4 - thanks,,good help!
1396 days 23 hours 35 minutes ago
LAXkeeper LAXkeeper - thanks doug
1411 days 23 hours 57 minutes ago
PacmanNathan PacmanNathan - Thanks, this video really helped desipher what was wrong with my switch riding. Thanks brah
1416 days 15 hours 41 minutes ago
Luke4 Luke4 - The one thing i have to work on, not too good at tricking from switch.
1419 days 18 hours 14 minutes ago
Omitson Omitson - Great easy to access video, once again. Loving it.
1425 days 5 hours 17 minutes ago
snowmass snowmass - word dude this helped a little. all i gotta do is practice more then i will be pro i wish
1432 days 2 hours 43 minutes ago
supersandman82 supersandman82 - wow thanks this will really help me this season
1457 days 1 hours 13 minutes ago
eyeung003 eyeung003 - I keep leaning on my back foot, is this just a matter of practice?
1457 days 7 hours 39 minutes ago
truejello truejello - simple advice is always the best, cant wait to try this!
1459 days 14 hours 10 minutes ago
mmm911 mmm911 - thanks vids.
1463 days 4 hours 57 minutes ago
mcmicx mcmicx - very useful when you get used to it. Its a great advantage when you get comfortable.
1473 days 2 hours 1 minutes ago
Eohara Eohara - Great video and keep them coming! Thanks
1526 days 2 hours 46 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - One of my favorite thing to do is Backside 180 to Switch Backside 180!
1562 days 16 hours 28 minutes ago
boydy5 boydy5 - this helped me when i tryed riding switch
1564 days 6 hours 58 minutes ago
shea864 shea864 - Nice vids. I'll keep this in mind next season!
1573 days 3 hours 16 minutes ago
scboarder43 scboarder43 - looking forward to learning switch back to back spins
1576 days 19 hours ago
skooter skooter - i have a 156 and a 152 board; which would be easier to learn switch on?
1586 days 38 minutes ago
Iggypop Iggypop - switching it up this winter baby!!!
1599 days 7 hours 23 minutes ago
kurill777 kurill777 - switch is sooo hard, but very need for best skill
1639 days 9 hours 17 minutes ago
djuneek1 djuneek1 - To get the feel of having a different foot in front... i rode the flat i.e. cat paths it helped me a lot at first...
1641 days 10 hours 57 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - The falling leaf is good to practice a technique. Try working into garlands so that you can work in and out of the fall line. As you get more comfortable in the fall line, in a good stance, riding switch you can really start to step up the performance of the board and the access to steeper terrain in your switch stance.
1644 days 21 hours 6 minutes ago
SnowBanker SnowBanker - Practicing falling leaf heel side and toe side is an easy way to start (sliding back and forth and down the mountain going forwards and then switch). What really worked for me was doing flat spin 180s, and getting comfortable with doing turns while riding switch---still working on it!
1649 days 52 minutes ago
Forge Forge - switch is sooo hard, must learn to snowboard better after this
1655 days 11 hours ago
claudiarc claudiarc - ya! me too!
1657 days 5 hours 58 minutes ago
Dirtydragon Dirtydragon - Sickk!! time to ride switch baby!
1661 days 21 hours 56 minutes ago

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