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January 30, 2008

Carving Lives

Ever wonder what happened to carving snowboards? They were a big part of the sport in the early 90s — then halfpipes, misty flips and the X Games happened and carving went underground.

Over in Europe, they never gave up on the genre. Instead they pushed it to the extreme — thus, Extreme Carving. (You know … it feels good to use the word extreme again. Now that it’s finally fallen out of favor with the likes of Mountain Dew’s and Taco Bell’s marketing departments, maybe we can reclaim it as the most accurate description of limit-pushing skiing and riding.)

It’s funny how differently Europeans approach some things. They’ve even kept monoskiing alive. And in the video below, they show off how far carving snowboarding has come — all while we were obsessed with the terrain park.

January 30, 2008 at 12:25 AM | Permalink


"i told you, i like our chances!!"

Posted by: Jeff | Jan 30, 2008 2:25:11 PM

That looks like fun, except for the Frootboots!

Posted by: Bolton Outlaw | Feb 1, 2008 2:02:46 PM

I believe in Europe they call them Extreme Boots.

Posted by: J Starr | Feb 3, 2008 12:48:25 AM

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