Initially beginning his career as a skateboarder and later becoming known as one of greatest American snowboarders of all time, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 24 Winter and Summer X Games medals holder, Shaun White is holding his third annual Air + Style Big Air snowboarding competition and music festival in Los Angeles.

The first Air and Style of 2017 will feature thirty of the world’s top snowboarders from over 12 different countries competing against each. The event will also be accompanied by various music performances and is expected to take place between February 18th to 19th in 2017. Changing between locations every year, in 2017 the two-day long festival will also transpire in Innsbruck, Austria, and Beijing. This article will preview the event happening in Los Angeles and provide information every potential attendee should know including history about the event.

Event Details:

Just like previous Air and Style events in the years past, snowboarders will compete on an Air Ramp 134 feet tall. The ramp is very similar to the Big Air ramp used in the X games and will have riders jump over 72 feet in distance. Snowmaking for the event is said to begin on the 15th of February according to the press release.

The Music Festival which will occur along with the competition will be headlined by well renowned DJ’s Major Lazer and Flume. Over 20 different, popular bands will play on two stages and attendance is family friendly. Children aged below ten will be granted free entry with a ticket holding adult while two-day tickets are on sale for $139 compared to $229 for VIP tickets.

The snowboarding competition will feature many of the top snowboarders competing today. Some of the several prominent examples include Mark McMorris, one of the most decorated athletes in the X Games history with over 12 medals and Sebastien Toutant who won a gold and silver medal in the previous Air and Style event. Overall, heading into the tournament, competition will be fierce. A full list of players is available on the event’s webpage.

Air and Style Event History:

One of the largest Big Air snowboarding competitions in the world, Air and Style was originally founded by Charly Weger in 1994 in Innsbruck, Austria. The European event first moved from Austria to Munich in 2005 after including Motocross in the list of activities and then included Beijing in its list of locations in 2010. Following its relocations, the snowboarding event has featured some of the biggest winter athletes and experienced constant growth after every event held annually. After becoming a majority shareholder in 2015, Shaun White helped increase the appeal of the festival by increasing the number of locations and adding in other forms of entertainment like music. One significant effect of this rise in popularity has been Big Air snowboarding becoming an official Olympic sport, appearing in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.

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