Air + Style this past weekend in Beijing, China. (photo: Air + Style)

First 16 Skiers and Riders Confirmed for U.S. Debut of Air and Style

Pasadena, CA – Air + Style: Los Angeles will arrive in the U.S. for the first time at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 for two days of world-class snowboarding and skiing competition.

Thirty-two elite snowboarders and skiers will compete in Pasadena at the event staged by Shaun White Enterprises and hosted by White, including 2014 Snowboard Slopestyle Olympic gold medalist, Sage Kotsenburg, and four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, Bobby Brown. Prior to the event in California , Beijing and Innsbruck host Air + Style this winter. The stadium ski and snowboard competition originated 21 years ago in Innsbruck and a second event in the series was added in Beijing six years ago.  The event in Beijing, China, just concluded over the weekend, and the event in Innsbruck, Austria will be held January 16-17.

Air + Style this past weekend in Beijing, China. (photo: Air + Style)
Air + Style this past weekend in Beijing, China. (photo: Air + Style)

“Air + Style: Los Angeles is going to be monumental,” said Kotsenburg. “From having a historic event in Innsbruck and now to starting one for the first time in the U.S., it will be so cool.  I can’t wait to see the venue at the Rose Bowl with a giant snowboard jump by it.”

In addition to Shaun White bringing the first Air + Style event to the United States, skiing is also added to the event in Pasadena, bringing world-class skiers to compete.

“I’m really psyched that skiing got added to the Air + Style event in Los Angeles,” Brown said. “I’m eager to showcase our sport to a new audience right in the heart of So Cal!”

A total of 16 snowboarders and sixteen skiers representing the best in the world will compete.  Eight snowboarders will qualify from the events in Innsbruck and Beijing, eight skiers will be invited by a selection committee and the 16 athletes who have been invited include the following:

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand
Quebec, Canada
Kim Rune Hansen
Hamar, Norway
Bobby Brown
Denver, Colorado
Torstein Horgmo
Trondheim, Norway
Joss Christensen
Park City, Utah
Sage Kotsenburg
Park City, Utah
Vincent Gagnier
Quebec, Canada
Mark McMorris
Saskatchewan, Canada
Henrik Harlaut
Stockholm, Sweden
Maxence Parrot
Quebec, Canada
Gus Kenworthy
Denver, Colorado
Sven Thorgren
Sollentuna, Sweden
Kai Mahler
Fischenthal, Switzerland
Antoine Truchon
Ontario, Canada
Jesper Tjader
Stockholm, Sweden
Eric Willett
Breckenridge, Colorado


For Air + Style: Los Angeles, food, art and music is featured over the two days in addition to the on-snow competition. A host of celebrity chefs are participating along with top food trucks and vendors.  Art exhibits will be on display through a public graffiti wall, giant digital displays, nightly light shows and art galleries throughout the venue. Announced last month, the following musical artists are among the confirmed to perform at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena over the two days: Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Phantogram, Portugal. The Man, Sleigh Bells, The Black Lips, Cults, Surfer Blood, METZ and Bad Things.

Tickets for Air + Style are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets.  Two-day tickets that gain fans access to both Saturday and Sunday events are priced at $189 with access to floor seating for nightly concerts and $139 for general admission.  VIP tickets will be available through Rose Bowl Premium Seating at (626) 585-6800 .

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