Kendrick and Diplo Rock Air + Style Day 1
When you think Pasadena, California the first things that come to mind aren’t typically snowboarding, skiing and a sixteen story snow packed ramp. Thanks to Shaun White’s vision, that’s exactly what CA got this Saturday.
Shaun White’s Air and Style was held at the Rose Bowl and was a marriage of action sports and music. Before I even entered the Rose Bowl, I could see the massive 65-foot ramp, built by Snow Park Technologies, towering over two performance stages, food trucks, vendors and entertainment tents. Having zero snowboarding skills, I couldn’t help thinking how fun it would be to grab an inner tube and slide down the steep drop-in. I spent the day watching 16 of the world’s greatest snowboarders compete and catching performances from Bad Things, Phantogram, Diplo and Kendrick Lamar. Also included in the lineup were Portugal. The Man, Black Lips, Metz, In the Valley Below and Teenage Wrist.
After round one of the snowboard competition, I spent some time with snowboarder and Olympic medalist Sage Kotsenburg. While reflecting on his second pass the first thing he stated was, “I didn’t go as big as I wanted.” He made up for it on the third pass but missed advancing by less than a point. “I’m excited to see Phantogram, Kendrick Lamar & Edward Sharpe,” he said remaining cheerful and still looking forward to enjoying the rest of the event. Yuki Kadono, 18, took the overall win with a huge switch backside 1620 triple cork. This move made snowboarding history as it was the first time a trick of this nature landed in competition.
Shaun White’s band Bad Things kicked off the main stage. Lead singer, Davis LeDuke is an impressive front man. His dark humor taunting people for not dancing aggressively enough and ripping off his nipple covers and tossing them into the crowd made for entertaining set breaks. Phantogram and Kendrick both destroyed the main stage, expectedly. Sarah Barthel’s voice was mesmerizing and Kendrick Lamar put on a passionate performance.
Day one of the first edition of Air and Style LA was a success. It was a monumental day marking the first North American Air and Style, Yuki won with a history making trick, I loved observing the varied ages and styles of people enjoying the event; standing next to me during the Kendrick Lamar performance was John C. Reilly (from a personal favorite Step Brothers) and on the other side was an adorable 12 year old with his snowboarder older brother. Kudos to Shaun for bringing Air and Style to CA.