Changing From LFF to RFF

This might sound silly, but does anyone know of someone that changed their front foot foward with any success? My rear foot/ankle is toast and just doesn't flex the way it should for slalom, its also incredibly painful. Is this doable or am bring a bit dillusional?


  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,211 Mega Baller
    Since I got here first, I get to say it:

    VID. DE. O.

    But seriously if the other choice is not skiing, then why the hell not!?
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • WayneWayne Posts: 442 Baller
    Have you already looked at different binding configurations? Maybe something different will allow a different motion?
  • SplasheyeSplasheye Posts: 50 Baller
    I did it about 20 years ago. Went from LFF to RFF. Took about a season to reach the same tournament PB - [email protected] 36mph. Although it technically looked better it never felt truly comfortable and I later went back to LFF
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    Had similar rear foot ouch in the Way Back. Solved it by angling the rear binding as much
    as possible. I saw that the Big W had done the same.
  • swaterkdswaterkd Posts: 57 Baller
    I have less then 10% motion in my rear ankle for over 5 years and have put a lift under my back heal and had success. My ankle is so bad that on October 4th I had an ankle fusion. I have not skied on it yet so cant tell you much. But I would lift your rear heal before switching feet.
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    I hope your heel heals.
  • wilecoyotewilecoyote Posts: 177 Baller
    I did. I had skied RFF from age 10 to age 50. I was always a hack though skiing just once or twice a year, and not in the course. I decided to take is seriously just a few years ago. I had run 15 off @ 46K and then had a knee problem that took me out at the end of the season. Spring the next year I went from double boot to RTP and switched feet so I could continue. I was running 49 by the end of the season. In my case though, I always thought I should be LFF so it felt pretty comfortable right off the bat.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,547 Mega Baller
    I slalom left forward and trick right forward. Have less that 30% forward flex motion in my left foot. I use an extreme lift and wedge under the frond slalom binding. Like the man said if it meant no skiing vs skiing I would change feet forward.
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  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 731 Crazy Baller
    @stoner has made the change.
  • StonerStoner Posts: 72 Baller
    @OB1 Happy Birthday Marine! Yes, I did it. @PT Mike sent you a PM.
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  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,620

    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • mbrannmbrann Posts: 7 Baller
    I was RFF and wrecked my right ankle in a car accident and then in motocross. Ended up switching my trick to LFF. Tried LFF for slalom, but found RFF more comfortable with most load and flex needed in the rear foot. Definitely try it. If it reduces the pain then the skill and cordination will soon follow.
  • I'm RFF and can run a few passes LFF at 30 mph on a big free ride ski. Messing around with it a bit I believe a toe looper has a better shot at switching it up.
  • TevskisTevskis Posts: 28 Baller
    I personally am a lefty but try to get into the course about once per week RFF. It is ind of scary at the beginning but you get the hang of it in a week or two (with slow boat speeds) and probably start to find it more fun as you "re-teach" yourself the mechanics over the ski. I think it could be really beneficial to you, especially if it is the only way for you to get out and enjoy the sensation of gliding on top of the water again pain-free.
    Swimming against the tide...
    Ralph Lee
  • LuzzLuzz Posts: 250 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    For those of you who have been following the elite scene for a while, you may remember Matteo Ianni. The guy was a SENSATION, ten times [email protected] at age 18, won Princes Pro Am age 18… he was going to become huge. Then, age 19, his spinal cord told him to change lifestyle. One of the unspoken slalom tragedies of the last 10 years really. Anyhow, a few years back this insane talent decided to switch his stance in the hopes of being able to ski without pain. Within a month of trying, he was into 35off at 34mph. However, let's not forget that this guy is an INSANE talent :smile:
    Organizer of the San Gervasio Pro Am (recap videos from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014)
    Co-organizer of the Jolly Clinics
    See what I am up to on Twitter and Instagram.
  • PT MikePT Mike Posts: 163 Baller
    Thanks for all the input and suggestions. I'm thinking this is totally doable, heck I wasn't all that great LFF to begin with:) The one downside If i make the switch is I'll HAVE to turn 5 ball. @Stoner Thanks again for the phone time.
  • See @Horton, @Luzz 's story shines some light on my theory that @CParrish43 can run 35 off RFF. None the less, a bottle of scotch is headed your way soon if i can't back it up with proof.
  • @Horton name your brand of scotch. I believe my Deep Throat informant pulled one over on me!! It's time to pay up...
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