Last weekend, I took a trip down to Southern California to check out Air + Style’s U.S. debut at the Pasadena Rosebowl hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist & professional snowboarder, Shaun White. Although Los Angeles experienced rain and much colder weather than expected over the weekend, fans who showed up had a lot to experience from witnessing 32 top athletes take on the 150-foot big air ramp to partying to 18 different music acts.
There was a lot of diversity among the Air + Style LA crowd, which made the event feel more low key in comparison to most music festivals. You’d see little kids with their parents, college students, and adults vibing out to music and enjoying the big air competition.
Day 1 of Air + Style was definitely the highlight for attendees where Shaun White’s band, Bad Things, took the main stage after the first group of snowboarders took on the big air ramp during Round 1 of the competition. Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, Yuki Kadono, Max Parrot, Sage Kostenburg & Sebastien Toutant, were among the top competitors at Los Angeles’ Air + Style.
Kadono of Japan took the gold, Toutant of Canada took silver, and Sandbech of Norway took bronze and was also crowned Air + Style’s Tour Champion.
On Day 2, Air + Style’s first ski competition unfortunately suffered from the unexpected rain that came down on the festival. The world’s top skiers were still able to participate in one round of the competition, but after the rain persisted, organizers decided to call off the rest of the competition due to safety issues.
Round 1 results crowned USA’s Gus Kenworthy with gold, Canada’s Alex Bellemare with silver and Canada’s Vincent Gagnier with Bronze.
Rain didn’t stop music fanatics, however, from coming out and dancing in the rain to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Flaming Lips, and Steve Aoki on the main stage. Although a much smaller crowd came out for the second day of the event, all music acts and athletes brought their A-game when it came to their performance. The bands persevered through the downpour and Steve Aoki brought out Matthew Koma & Walk Off the Earth to join him on stage and give Aoki fans a preview of his upcoming Neon Future album.
Check out photos of Air + Style below or a full album at toraaae.com/air-style-la.