What is ExtremeCarving / FreeRiding …


ExtremeCarving is a coined term describing a particular form of carving on a snowboard. Features of extreme carving that distinguish it from other kinds of snowboard carving include:

  • The use of wider boards to accommodate extreme edge angles (the angle between board base and snow surface) produced deep in turns. Heel and toe overhang prevent narrower boards from reaching angles close to 90 degrees that are experienced in extreme carving.
  • High degree of extension to the whole of the body during the middle of the carved turn, when the snowboard is facing down the fall line of the slope.
  • Proactive compression of the body during edge transitions. This maneuver is also known as a cross-through or push-pull turn. During any carved turn on a sufficiently steep slope, the perceived g-force will build up at the end of the carve, resulting in a natural compression of the body. The proactive compression in extremecarving is different from this natural compression in that it is done by pulling the legs up in anticipation of the additional force, instead of allowing the legs to get pushed up as a reaction to the additional force.
  • Large, progressive rotation of the torso in the turning direction, such that the rider’s shoulders and chest is perpendicular to the toe edge during toe-side turns, and facing towards the nose of the board during heel-side turns. This is in contrast with contemporary carving methodology that indicates that one’s torso should stay at an angle midway between the angles of the two bindings, and also with the old school technique where the torso faces the nose of the board at all times.

Freeriding is a discipline of snowboarding or skiing on natural, un-groomed, terrain, without a set course, goals or rules. It evolved throughout snowboarding’s first decade as a response to the highly regimented style of ski competition prevalent at the time. It is also referred to as “backcountry”, “off piste” “big mountain” or “extreme” riding. Freeriding merges aspects of other snowboarding disciplines such as freestyle and alpine, into a style that adapts to the variations of natural terrain and eschews man-made jumps, rails and half-pipes, or groomed snow.

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