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Skate Tips: Switchstance Spinner

This is a trick that a friend taught me. It's actually a lot easier than the Spinner I described previously. Basically, it involves pivoting your front foot to allow you to step into switchstance. From switchstance, pivot that same foot again and step around back to normal stance. Broken down, it works something like this. Note that I ride regular (left foot forward); if you ride goofy foot, you'll have to switch the lefts and rights around.

Start in your normal stance with your front (left) foot in about the middle of the board (1). Pivot your left foot, so that the heel moves to the right and your foot ends up roughly the opposite direction of what it was before (2). Now step forward with your right foot so that you are riding switchstance (right foot forward) (3). Pivot your left foot again, so that your toe is pointed toward that tail of the board (4). Step back with your right foot and pivot your left foot back to where it started (5).

That's all there is to it. If you are having any trouble with it, the problem may be that you need to work on riding switchstance. It's not a bad idea anyway. It looks cool to carve a few turns in switchstance and then go back to your normal stance for a few and so on.

For other walking tricks, check out Walking Tricks.

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