Welcome to the official website dedicated to extreme carving, a snowboarding discipline made popular by the founders of SWOARD and EC technique presented here since 2002.
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Carving began in Europe with alpine snowboarding at the end of the eighties, before being copied by the ski industry. It was proven that carving could be pushed to the extreme, with the entire body touching the snow. But the laid turn (Vitelli turn) remained a curiosity, something to be done on frontside to amuse friends or people at the terrace of a restaurant. Riders were often unable to get up or could do only one laid turn.
The continuous linking of fully laid turns (armpit to armpit) is what is proposed to you here by the extremecarving (EC) founders, Jacques Rilliet and Patrice Fivat, for the first time since March 2002 ! No book or snowboard school was teaching this discipline which they created with a very recognizable style, inspired from surfing. It is the result of their co-experiences in competition, working as professional snowboard shapers and instructors in Switzerland, and of course continuous practice.
This marginal sport gives incredible and exhilarating feelings. You will be able to achieve turns that seemed impossible. See the snow speeding by only a few centimeters from your eyes, feel the piste rubbing your armpit, then jump from turn to turn.
A big part of what has made EC possible is credited to the board: the SWOARD Extremecarver. This model has been developed for 15 years, in conjunction with the EC technique of the two founders. As a result, laying down linked turns is much easier with a SWOARD than with any other board, as it is the only board designed specifically for this purpose. At the same time the SWOARD is very versatile and easy to ride.
Join the alpine snowboarding revival! The increasing enthusiasm for extremecarving speaks for itself: twelve magazines have already published our photos, four TV channels have broadcasted our movies, and SWOARD has organized more than 34 meetings to date. The influence of this Web site since its opening can also be seen through the shared photos and movies of riders, from all over the world, who are enjoying their EC quest.
Have a good visit and lay down!
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