I think Urban boarding was born essentially in places where the mountains suck, along with the snow. AKA the Midwest/East Coast. Just like urban skateboarding, It was probably created out of necessity. People gotta make the best out of what they have, and I do have to agree it's pretty sick to watch, guys are going all out on gnarly ass features.
I just think the Wanna-Be gangster look is pretty ridiculous too, but then again I think wearing your pants on your thighs is pretty fucking ridiculous. To each their own.
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