Most people do not know what Extreme Carving is. Yet for its adept, carving procures grand and unique sensations of defying gravity that can be difficultly explained.

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To understand what carving is, one needs to understand its history. Extreme Carving takes its roots from snowboard, which itself is a mix of two sports. One is skiing, which has been a mean of transport for at least 4300 years and became a sport the mid 19’ century. The other is surfing which originated in Hawaii at least in the 15 hundreds.

The snowboard was invented in the early 20th Century in…


At its earliest development, skiing was not a sport, but a necessary form of transportation.
The earliest archaeological evidence of skiing dates back roughly 8,000 years ago to fragments of skis found in Russia, although wall paintings from roughly 10,000 years ago hint that skis were used in regular hunting routines in northern China.
More concrete evidence for ancient use of skis is prevalent in Scandinavia. Starting roughly 7,000 years ago, there are dozens of examples of skis or carvings of skis found throughout Norway. …


Southern California is a well-known mecca for surfing and surf culture, but the history of surfing goes much further back than you might expect.

The human race has a long and intimate history with the ocean. The earliest human migrations out of Africa are thought to have occurred through coastal routes. Some of the earliest examples of human art and jewelry come in the form of beads made from the shells of marine mollusks. Our ties with the ocean are even embedded in our brain biochemistry. Seafood is the major dietary source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid…


Nearly anybody who has competed in or trained for a marathon has probably encountered a peculiar and terrifying feeling. Twenty miles into the race, you are feeling great, and it feels as if you are destined to hit your goal time. Then all of a sudden something goes terribly wrong. With the drop of a hat, suddenly it feels as if your muscles are no longer functional, your thoughts become blurry, and the mere process of finishing the race seems like an insurmountable task. …


Hill training offers a wide variety of benefits

Anybody who has competed in cross country know the challenges of running uphill. After cruising along at a fast clip on flat ground, suddenly you begin to climb, and you instantly slow down, your muscles begin to burn, and with each subsequent step it become harder to breathe. If you are in pursuit of a fast time, hills are undoubtedly your enemy. But there is also a brighter side to hill running. …


Any seasoned athlete knows that proper nutrition is an integral part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Food provides us with the energy we need to be physically active, and it provides us with the building blocks we need to repair our bodies.

What are the best foods to eat the day of a big workout?

As with many things in life, it largely depends on the individual. We all have different bodies, schedules, and preferred forms of physical activity.To better understand the role of food in a successful workout, it is important to understand the major components of food which fuel our bodies. The three major categories of energy-providing macronutrients found in food…


The wind is blowing with force, the water is tormented, the smell of the ocean is in the air. Those are the times when you can see strange amphibians riding the waves and flying in the air: the kitesurfers. From ashore, you can sometime see these strange creatures appearing and disappearing behind the waves, then suddenly jumping in the air. It seems they forget gravity for a moment, then remember the story of Icarus, who flew to close to the sun, and decide to slowly return to the ocean. Time passes, the wind calms down and kitesurfers land their kites…


Running is one of the most popular fitness activity. It can be divided into two main categories: distance running and sprinting. Distance running works a wide variety of muscles, is an extremely effective cardiovascular workout, and provides many mental health benefits. Sprinting on the other hand, is often thought of as an activity that is not beneficial for all-around fitness. As it turns out, this is far from the truth.

The advantages of sprinting

Some of the health advantages of Sprinting include increased power, speed, and coordination, as well as a number of metabolic benefits. Sprinting works a wide variety of muscles from the…


Anyone who has gone on a trip to the mountains is well aware of the effects high altitude has on the body. Ordinary exercise quickly becomes arduous, and once out of breath, recovery feels nearly impossible. While this is a nuisance for the average person, for the ambitious endurance athlete, living and training at high altitude can be a stimulating and rewarding experience.

But how much does altitude training actually help? Will your weeklong holiday trip to Aspen be the key factor in slashing 30 minutes off your marathon time? The picture is slightly more complicated than you may imagine.

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