After a few days on the ground here in Pasadena, CA, it’s finally the skiers’ turn to drop in on the behemoth big air setup that is currently situated outside of the famed Rose Bowl Stadium.
Skiing’s top big air talent will take to the skies today: Alex Bellemare, Øystein Bråten, Bobby Brown, Joss Christensen, Vincent Gagnier, PK Hunder, Gus Kenworthy, Kai Mahler, Noah Morrison, Alex Schlopy, Jesper Tjäder, Matt Walker, Tom Wallisch, Jossi Wells, Oscar Wester and James Woods are all slated to compete. Music acts set to perform throughout the day include Steve Aoki, The Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, Sleigh Bells, Cults, Deap Vally, Surfer Blood, The Black And The White and Tennis System.
Last night, on the snowboarding front, Japan’s Yuki Kadono took home the first place prize, while Sebastien Toutant (CAN) earned a second place finish and Norway’s Stale Sandbech finished third. Event-goers also enjoyed performances from Kendrick Lamar, Diplo, Portugal. The Man, Phantogram, The Black Lips, Metz, Bad Things, In the Valley Below and Teenage Wrist.
Schedule of skiing events:
Today’s format is as follows:
Skiers will drop into the ramp for the first time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Round 1 (not head to head):
16 skiers, two heats, three runs each, best two scores count—top 10 overall advance to Round 2, 11th-16th place skiers eliminated from further competition. Round 1, heat 1 ski between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Round 1, heat 2 runs 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Round 2 (head to head):
10 skiers, five head-to-head match-ups (seeded from Round 1), three runs each, best two scores count, five winners advance to Super Final. Round two runs between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Super Final (not head to head):
Five skiers, three runs each, best two scores count. The Super Final runs between 8:45 and 9:15 p.m.
Note: This schedule is subject to change.
The athletes say…
First hosted in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1993, Air + Style is recognized as one of the most influential snowboarding events, period. Through the years, Air + Style has made its way from Innsbruck (1993-1999, and 2008-2013) to Munich (2005-2008, and 2011), Seefeld (2000-2005) and Beijing (2010-2014). To date, more than half-a-million spectators have witnessed the contests live. Legends like Terje Haakonsen, Shaun White, Kevin Pearce, Travis Rice and Mark McMorris have all been crowned Air + Style champs, and today, all A + S contests boast 6-Star status on the World Snowboard Tour—the highest ranking there is.
In 2014, golden boy Shaun White became the majority shareholder of Air + Style Company, and he was quick to make moves. This season, Air + Style comes to the U.S. for the very first time; the action kicks off tomorrow from Pasadena, CA. Skiers have also been invited to the party—another first. For the two-plankers, the contest is certified AFP Platinum, securing it as one of the most prestigious events of the year.