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03-12-2013 05:21 AM
Originally Posted by herjazz View Post

i found a really cool video of people who aren't doing it as "extreme" (i.e. totally on the floor) so it gives a reference point of what an "intermediate" hardboot carver does... which is probably the best a softboot person can do. the coolest thing is the guy at ~4:15 in the yellow jacket
Nice video.

It looks to me like that guy is using too much rotation on the heelside carves and is getting some unwanted board twist (making his tail edge hold slightly sketchy) - the very thing I'm working on correcting.
03-11-2013 08:12 PM
herjazz i was "trying" to take some of the lessons here and trying it this past weekend... for one, wow it's a workout! the key takeway from the first video is to bend your knees and almost squat to coil yourself and then push your legs out as you do the carve and then recoil back in. it makes some really quick carves/turns. really fun...

i found a really cool video of people who aren't doing it as "extreme" (i.e. totally on the floor) so it gives a reference point of what an "intermediate" hardboot carver does... which is probably the best a softboot person can do. the coolest thing is the guy at ~4:15 in the yellow jacket-- he's on softboot/bindings and having a great time and looking awesome... i wanna get at least to that point... so fun, thanks for sharing the link/vids. i found a few more (some in german or french, but not as good as the russian one originally posted)...
03-09-2013 12:24 AM
herjazz i must be part of the 1%... that looks soooo awesome and fun... i've never seen or heard of anything like that before! (intersting enough, when i carve, i actually like to put down my arms and touch the ground with it just like they do with their forearms/bodies... lol)

thanks for the videos and the "carver's almanac" link... i'm not going to immediately go out and get hardboots and plate bindings, but i'm sure there are some very good lessons to be learned and applied to my style of riding. i might not get that extreme, but i'm sure i can get a bit more "low" and carve with a more aggressive edge angle now...

totally *my* cup of tea haha...
03-01-2012 12:18 PM
NoirX252 I really really.. envy you.

I hope I get "hero granular" today...

or maybe smooth hard ice (perfect for dialing in technique)...

I'm tired.. I think I'm going to go with "hero granular".... (pleasee!)
03-01-2012 11:30 AM
NoirX252 In my opinion, (guessing here), learning how to carve slow/fast on ice steeps would refine your edge control for application to other parts of you riding. Except maybe freestyle...

(Yes you can carve very slow on ice rail to rail, with your body dragging or inches from the snow, I've seen it done)

I'd ride softboots more if I had big mountain lines, chutes, pillows, powder... I envy you west coast people!
03-01-2012 10:57 AM
CheeseForSteeze Respect for these guys riding but it's not my thing. Well, actually it's not that it's not my thing, I want to do everything in snowboarding and focusing on one thing to that degree would limit my time to spend on other aspects. Deep, laid out carves on groomers are fun, though, so I can see how it could appeal to the point of specializing in it.
03-01-2012 10:37 AM
srdeo ExtremeCarving - The Carver's Almanac
Alpine Carving Technique - The Carver's Almanac
03-01-2012 09:50 AM
NoirX252 Oh god I wish I had 40 degree pitches...

Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
Meh, turning is over rated...straight line those 50 degree pitches......
03-01-2012 02:45 AM
NoirX252 EC is fun, but unless you are blessed with steeps, or good fast conditions (good as in fast, not slow, hero snow on a fairly flat pitch is slow)... you bleed off way too much speed.

EC is also dependent upon conditions. chopped up pow is easy. You can literally "snorkel" in fresh pow with a solid base underneath. If you don't extend all the way you can lay it down on slightly bumpy ice, but your ass will tend to be slightly up in the air...

PS: you can EC in softboots too
02-28-2012 09:17 PM
srdeo I dont think they do it because it "looks" cool. It is like a driving a car and making a sharp turn at high speed and feeling the g-force. It is that feeling of all your body weight is pushed to one side but you are moving in the other direction. next time you drive try to make 90 degree turn at 40-50mph and see if you like that feeling. If you do, you will prob like to do these.
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