dyyylan wrote:I can ride fine on both sides, but usually only ride switch when I'm going back upwind. Our waves here are very close together so most people ride toe side the whole way out so you can immediately hop onto a wave when you want rather than have to switch the stance (because there isn't really enough time)
Was just worried that you "stuck" to your strong side, as I've seen many do (with poor results).
The trick is, to switch feet when going into the jibe, on the inside.
Can be done strapless or strapped, equally easy !
So you simply switch feet when you are one quarter into the turn, instead of doing it at the last quater as normal
Then you have switched feet and in total control when you get over the wave you were riding - and can be done with only a few meters between the waves
On the outside, you can just turn on the incoming wave you "want" - and switch feet when riding.
Here the trick is to time it right - meaning switch feet JUST at the point before you get speed "downhill".
Both methods are used widely in normal waveriding conditions, so my advice would be to try to master an early feet switching besides the normal late one !
And NO, dont switch feet to toeside before you jibe - takes up more space, no satisfaction, and will make things very unstable and not fluid
It is not that hard actually - but most surfers havent really thought about it...
We also have spots with waves coming VERY close and steep, and typically, the last wave before shore is steep - might even be the final shorebreak dumper - where you can jibe very narrow and have switched feet before going out over this little monster, so more control