Global Warming Couldn't Stop Air + Style's LA Snowfest
For the second year in a row, 29-year-old snowboarding legend Shaun White brought the Air + Style festival to California to prove that global warming can’t stop the shreds. And if the snowboarders flying down a 16-story-high, snow-covered ramp in the middle of LA wasn’t enough to convince you that this is no ordinary music festival, then the sounds of Incubus and J. Cole should’ve driven the point home. Learning from last year’s mistakes, the globe-hopping event decided to move locations from Pasadena to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park, and brought a mix of culture, music, and extreme winter sports with them. By the time the final snowboarders had shredded down the ramp and the last performers left the stage, Air + Style proved there’s more to LA than palm trees, plastic surgery, and IG-worthy In-N-Out selfies (as important as those are).
From the ramp towering over the stage to the broad range of musicians who came together for the event, this year Shaun’s festival was a love letter to LA’s eclectic culture. With sunglasses on and short-sleeved shirts blowing in the breeze, the crowd was able to enjoy over a packed lineup over the course of the two-day festival, which included J. Cole, Incubus, HAIM, Big Grams, A$AP Ferg, and more. As the second day drew to a close, Japan’s Yuki Kadono beat out 24 other snowboarders to win—including Air + Style World Tour Champion Sven Thorgren, from Sweden.
While a young crowd was wylin’ out to Incubus like it was their ’90s high school prom and watched snowboarders fly through the air overhead, everything seemed to piece together to create a truly unforgettable event. No more parties in LA? Try telling that to Shaun White.
Want to learn more about Air + Style? Head over to their page to find out where the festival is stopping next.
Photography by Gio Mojica.
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