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Getting comfortable riding switch is definitely very helpful for a lot of tricks as previously mentioned, the more comfortable you are in virtually any position the easier things will come to you. Early on even throwing small 3's can lead to over-rotating and landing and immediately reverting to switch so being comfortable with doing so can save you a lot of pain and grief. One thing that I either failed to read in the above posts or has not been previously mentioned is the simple importance of learning to pop properly regardless of what trick you are doing. Learning to pop straight up without putting yourself off balance is pretty damned key. When I was first learning I had a tendancy to pop myself up and back and it often lead to my spins being inadvertantly corked in a way that I didn't know how to correct. I also had a tendancy to pop and immediately go for grabs when straight airing bigger jumps and if you start leaning into grabs before your pop is properly set royally eating shit is all but inevitable. Even now that I've learned how to pop and be patient I'm still scared shitless of straight airing big jumps because of all the times in the past I've tried to do so and had it go wrong, altogether too much time flying through the air thinking about how fucked you are and how little you can do about it. Start with the most basic building blocks on the smallest jumps you can and you can progress pretty quickly while minimizing the risk of injury.