Urban Snowboarding is about finding and creating Urban Features in towns and cities, where riders find stairways with handrails, walls to ride, gaps to jump, random thing to slide, jib or stall on.
Better have a good supply of boards, because this environment destroys boards. Most urban riding setups are a lot like a Slopestyle Setup, with a wide stance, no forward lean, soft boots, etc. There are a few things that the Urban Riders travels with.
The most crucial skill here in addition to expert rail and box riding skills, is a high level of motivation to go explore, find and set up a spot, knowing that it might not work or you may not even get to hit it once before you get kicked off. An urban rider must be aware that many private property owners don’t want you on there property playing snowboards. So pick your spots wisely and do your best not to be destructive or a bad representative of urban snowboarding.
Shares a lot of style characteristics with Slopestyle. With wide stances and soft boards, the urban style is commonly straight legged and very technical at slower speeds. Many urban riders like using a shorter board also, which lowers swing weight and allows for quicker spins and change ups.
The only way to describe the most common style of urban snowboarding, is straight up gangsta, which is funny, because it is mostly middle class white kids doing it. No disrespect to Mark Frank, who is legit gangsta and a super nice guy, or any others that come from that environment. The thing is, much of the freestyle snowboarding style and culture has come from hip hop and current rap star styles. You can see that hip hop style in nearly any terrain park in the world, especially, among urban style riders.