Best steps for learning to ride fakie/ switch


the term switch is actually for snowboarding, the term fakie is for skateboarding. Fakie is just riding opposite of how you normally ride, same as switch on a snowboard, only for a snowboard you have to turn the bindings around. You don't need to ride fakie in order to do tricks you can learn them goofy. The technique of how to do a trick is the same either way you ride just opposite feet possitions. Larning to do tricks fakie is hard which makes the trick harder to do, if you don't know how to do a trick normally first then doing one fakie could be even harder. I can ride regular and goofy, I know I can nollie better when goofy so most of my nollie tricks are when i'm riding goofy. It's all part of training yourself, there is no real trick to learning to do this, just practice.

Source(s): 17 years skateboarding...

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Anyone who has ever stepped on a Freebord knows there’s a learning curve. There are a lucky few who pick it up quickly, but for the rest of us there’s a period of uncertainty about how the board works that can be frustrating. That’s why earlier this year we hooked up a snowboard instructor with a Freebord so he could document his experiences learning to ride. The following is the first in a series of blog posts designed to address the learning difficulties Freeborders face from a technical/teaching perspective. If you’re new to Freebording and have had difficulty learning to ride, read on and stay tune for the next installment of “Learning to Ride: Freebord First Impressions.”

Part I: Reality Check
By Michael Harrington
AASI-Certified Snowboard Instructor

“Just like learning to snowboard, it may take several days or weeks to get the hang of it – even if you rip on snow.” —

“Yeah, but I’ve been teaching snowboarding longer than some of...

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Part 1 of this series is proving to be a bit of a hit so I thought I better get my ass in gear and write some more tips on how to learn skateboarding as a beginner.

When you first start out, everything can be a bit bewildering, especially with the amount of bad advice there is out there on the 'net (here's an example of a bad trick tip). People tend to forget what it's like as a beginner who doesn't really know anything at all, and as a result you get some rather flippant remarks from more experienced skaters.

Last time I discussed how you shouldn't try and ollie straight away, but instead should just focus on being able to ride your board properly. When you're comfortable on it and you can start and stop with ease and shuffle your feet around while moving to get into a better riding position, I think you're good to move on a bit.

Tic Tac, Tic Tac

Tic tacking is a really important skill to learn. When you are rolling it's the best way to...

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» 360 airs a killer move with vast possibilities
Because of the vast number of possible variations of 360 airs it is reasonable to call a 360 air the most important and noticeable trick for snowboarding.

» Bonking - The snowboarders "high five"
Bonking is on of those strange little things that people do for the fun of it or to make a person jump.

» Variations to add to aerial movements
Two common last minute movements to add to your routine are Late Spins and Reverts.

» How to wheelie like a pro on a snowboard
Wheelies are an old trick that goes back at least as far as roller skating does and most likely much further.

» Layback slides and slashes
Layback slides and slashes are an extreme maneuver that originated with surfing. When surfing, a surfer would literally lay back on a wave and ride it before rising to stand...

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Types of skateboarding tricks:

– Flatland and Flip tricks (125)
– Slides (28) and Grinds (32)
– Aerials and Grab tricks (36)
– Lip tricks (34) and Inverts and Handplants (16)
– Freestyle tricks and oldschool tricks (39)

There are 310 skateboarding tricks listed in this list.

Flatland and Flip tricks:

1. Ollie
Considered the trick of all tricks, this trick was what allowed Flatland Skateboarding to reach a vertical height and gave rise to the merge of Freestyle to Street obstacles creating an entirely new style of skateboard. Streetstyle Skateboarding. Streetstyle Skateboarding became possible when Freestyle tricks were allowed to be done on Street obstacles and the Ollie was the trick that allowed this to become possible. The Ollie was developed by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand on vert. This was done by simply scooping the board up into the air. The Flat ground version of the ollie was then invented by Rodney Mullen. He...

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Iam trying to learn to ride switch too. I gives me a impression of what others feel when they are starting out riding. I think that is a perspective we lose, cause what is so simple and elementary to us who have been riding for years is totally new to them. I tried riding switch while teaching my daughter,,,

it let me walk in her shoes for a minute.

I am trying to get that Chris Yandall skogging down. And you gotta be comfortable goofy and reg. to do that.
Theres also I guy I see surfing often,, he will cross step and switch stance cross back switch just effortessly. Very stylish.

One of Yandalls pieces of advice is to stand and balance on one foot ,, just without skateboard first,,, move up to skatebard on carpet,, and then go for it.

I never learned ollies ,, they came out after I quit learning new stuff,,, not quit riding,, just learning. Before I got a longboard if I got on my skateboard I mainly did 360s tic- tac wheelies , things like that...

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What is skateboarding? An activity of riding and performing tricks with a skateboard. Giving a technical definition of "what skateboarding is all about" can be monotonous. So, I will not bore you with any tedious explanation. Let's just go over the list, and describe how each trick is performed.

Freestyle Tricks

360 Spin:

70s skate competitions would often have an event to see who could do the most consecutive 360 spins on a skateboard.

50/50: The 50/50 is done with a hand holding the nose of the board, or it can be done with the front foot holding up the nose with no hand holding the board up.

Anti-Casper: This is usually done by popping the tail, which would begin the half impossible or half vertical flip, and jumping. Once the board flips half of an Ollie Impossible, it comes down into Switch Casper, and is caught with the front foot on top of the nose and the back foot on the underside of the board in a nose/Switch...

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Like any sport (“bogey,” “offsides,” “icing,” from golf, football, and hockey, respectively), snowboarding has some unique terms. Here are definitions of some of the most common snowboarding terms.


A board that is designed to perform reasonably well in all conditions.

Back country

Territory that is not part of the usual ski area, riders in the back country should be advanced and well-trained for the dangers of avalanches.

Big air

[Freestyle] Jumping into the air and performing various tricks.


There are various sorts, but you need bindings to keep your boots attached to the board.

Black diamonds

The most difficult-to-ride trails in a ski area are designated (in the U.S.) by a black diamond. What makes them black? They tend to be stepper, more narrow (or both) than other trails, and may feature bumps.

Blue squares

Trails of medium difficulty at a ski area are...

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I've been riding for 5-6 years now and skating for longer, and I tried the same thing about 2 years into it. I found that the switch took a while to get used to, but once I had the muscle memory I could switch flawlessly. What I did, as silly as it sounds, was look in a mirror while standing on my board and looked at my stance. I analyzed the key points in my stance, such as the angle of my feet and legs etc, and essentially replicated this with the opposite legs. I went from goofie to regular, but the same technique should apply to the opposite.

As for practice, I did a couple things:

I didn't go cold turkey on my original stance. I made it a gradual switch, riding on each near the end of my runs so as not to injure myself and give myself a chance to think about it

As dumb as it sounds, I put my boots on and strapped into my bindings and just switched back and forth, flipping the board around on each hop to get my legs into the rhythm.

I took my...

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You don’t have to be ambidextrous to ride your snowboard fakie. Although it may feel awkward at first, riding fakie, also known as riding switch, will feel like second nature after a lot of practice and a few minor adjustments to your stance.

Learning to ride fakie will allow you more comfort in your takeoffs, landings, and butters, and will also open the door to tons of new trick combinations.

Your dominant foot is usually in the rear and in control of the board when you snowboard.

To ride with your recessive foot in control will feel like throwing a ball with your recessive hand at first, but as you get more used to riding this way, you’ll notice that you’ll be an all-around better rider.

Set Your Stance

The first step to learning how to ride fakie is setting your bindings in a stance that will make it feel as comfortable as possible. You don’t want to ride fakie with both of your bindings facing the same direction, such as a carving stance,...

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posted on January 6, 2016

Teaching yourself to ride a snowboard switch—leading with your opposite foot compared to your natural riding stance—can feel a lot like regressing back to your first painful days of learning how to snowboard. So why would anyone bother?

First, riding switch is a crucial building block for freestyle and park riders, as comfortably controlling yourself in both directions is a prerequisite for learning even basic tricks. But even if your aerial aspirations are limited to perfect powder landings, riding switch is a great way to keep things interesting on a not-so-powdery day at the resort, and getting comfortable using both edges no matter which direction you’re moving will only make you a better overall snowboarder. Keep the following tips in mind to save yourself some frustration when working on your switch riding skills.


While it’s technically possible to ride switch on any snowboard...

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Learning how to fakie ollie on a snowboard is much like learning how to ollie. The only real difference in learning how to fakie ollie is which direction on the board you are facing. Before you start learning how to fakie ollie, you will need to gather the following items.

Snowboard Snow Hill Helmet

Once you have these items, you are ready to learn how to fakie ollie on a snowboard.

Ride the snowboard switch. The first step in learning how to fakie ollie on a snowboard is getting into the switch position. This means you switch the foot that is regularly in front with your back foot. If you ride normal, switch means your right foot will be in front. If you ride goofy, switch means your left foot will be in front. Lift your front foot up. Once you are in the switch position, lift your front foot up and transfer your weight to your back foot. If you are regular, this means you should be lifting your right foot, and if you are goofy you should be lifting...
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If you have been snowboarding for a little while and are starting to feel pretty comfortable, chances are you will soon want some extra challenges such as hitting the terrain park and landing some jumps. Learning to ride switch first will give you the extra confidence you will need for landing these jumps and keeping in control.

Riding switch basically just refers to riding the opposite to what you normally would. So if you are goofy, you would ride natural. And if you are natural you would ride goofy.

If you have decided to learn to ride switch, then commit to riding nothing but for at least a couple of days. For a while, it may feel like you are learning to snowboard all over again, but it is the easiest way to get the hang of it. Also, consider the way your binding settings are set up. The ideal set up for riding switch is duck stance, something like 15 and -15 for example. Practising flat 360 spins could be a great trick for getting more comfortable riding switch....
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This is a free section of the how to ride switch tutorial.

Location: Whistler Blackcomb
Riders: Nev Lapwood and Tino Glatzel
Stance: Regular
Music: Life by Funk Effect by Monkey Freakz

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...

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Rolling backwards - Rolling backwards or rolling with your opposite foot forward has a few names. When riding backwards skaters call it fakie or switch. Learning to ride switch is key to doing many many tricks.

So, what does fakie or switch mean?

Just like writing with your right or left hand. We all skate with our right or left foot forward. Our stance can be either regular(left foot forward) or goofy(right foot forward).

When we roll backwards we call it fakie or switch. So, what's the difference?

Lets take a look:
Fakie means rolling backwards. Like rolling up a ramp and then back down fakie.
i.e. the fake way.
Back in the day, in skateboarding history when people started riding banks and pools they needed a name for rolling back down backwards. Fakie is what they called it and it stuck.
Fakie tricks are done from the front or nose of the board while rolling backwards. When in fakie stance the front of the board is actually...

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I can't think of any drills or technical tips at the moment, but I can tell you how I learned to ride switch. Just as I could never will myself to give up a day on skis to learn to snowboard in the first place, once I did learn, I could never will myself to give up a day or more to "re-learn" how to ride in the opposite direction.

What did the trick for me was two-fold:

First, when I began teaching snowboarding, I found myself constantly riding in both directions, either because I was demonstrating something to a goofy footer (I ride regular), or because I just happened to be in that position at the time.

What brought about my AH-HA! moment, however, was when I was told to just try and ride switch for a few turns on the way into (uncrowded!) liftlines, at the base of the mountain, or on the green cruisers we use to get around the mountain. Instead of mindlessly humming along, revert around and link a few turns switch. Start small -- 2, 3, 4 turns. Eventually,...

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