Perhaps we should have agreed on the definition of "carving" at the beginning of this thread.
Is turning in waves "carving"? Is throwing water about "carving"? Is an off-the-lip, however well executed "carving"?
IMHO, in waves, only bottom turns may perfectly qualify as "carving".
Agree - bottom turns are definitely "carving", and doing wide S turns downwind (as this is kind of bottom turns frontside and backside with or without waves).
Whereas cutbacks is often not carving IMO, and aerials can not be carving
But seing the whole bottom turn to cutback "S" line(s) is kind of a carving picture one could say, right ?
If cutbacks were a carve - this thread could just be put under the "spray pictures" instead
I dont see that a carve need to involve spray whatsoever though - it ususally does, but a clean fast carve on an efficient board, will make very little almost no spray
Carving is IMO when using a major part of the board edge in a continuous curve, no matter if slow or fast or tight or wide
Where a cutback most often is a change from using a lot of the edge, to using ONLY the very tail at the impact/lip, and then sometimes going back to digging the full rail on the way down afterwards.
Thus NOT a continuous curve.
Again - I dont think there is an official defintion of what a "carve" is...
So just my personal feel.
What do others find is a "carve", talking kitesurfing ?