Urban snowboarding contests are usually rail jams set up in resort base areas and sometimes in city urban areas. Setting up a rail set with adequate snow in a city center can pose quite a challenge for event organizers, but the result is high end entertainment for large crowds that such events attract.
Sharing roots with other events the location of these events make them stand apart. However, the contest venue of urban snowboarding contests do share many of the same components. You will find:
The Judging panel will judge the riders based on skills, technical difficulty, execution, style and on sliding or using the feature completely, a.k.a. cleaning it.
Even here on the streets, the primary idea is to utilize the features offered in the venue to push skill progression and creatively express personal style through the sport. Ways an Urban rider can try to score well includes:
This arena of urban snowboarding contests is still very young. Recently I have heard of urban events in Portland, Seattle, Bend, NYC, as well as in many mountain towns. We will see more of these events as they really do draw a fun crowd and create an entertaining scene.
Urban events may be a ways off from being in the Olympics.
The heart of Urban style is in the streets. It has a rebel nature and uniqueness that makes it hard to have structured specifics for a course. With the introduction of slopestyle in the Games in Sochi Russia in 2014, Urban is a step closer. For now though, I think Urban riding styles are just a but to wild and diverse for them to become an Olympic event.
But, that’s okay and the way it should be. I think many of the riders would probably want it that way.
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