Fresh off his gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Shaun White returned to Los Angeles for his annual Air + Style music festival. Combining an intersection of interests from music to snowboarding and skateboarding, the festival crowd was a unique as its activities.
With skateboarding parks built into Exposition Park and a full snowboarding competition set to the music of the biggest acts across all genres — lead by ultimate European rockers, Phoenix, and nicest DJ in the game, Zedd.
Usually, a festival in the beginning of March would be no problem for the always sunny Los Angeles but this time around, LA decided to give the audience a proper environment to watch snowboarders attempt to land the perfect trick. On Saturday, with random downpours of rain, the LA crowd were adorned in beanies, scarves, and waterproof jackets that I’m sure were long forgotten in their closets. Yet, that didn’t stop anyone from having a good time rocking out to the likes of Twin Peaks, DRAM, and appropriately titled Wet.
Once Sunday hit, it was business as usual with the sun making its comeback and the crowd was prime and ready to continue the party with Tinashé, Gucci Mane, and BADBADNOTGOOD.
The coolest thing about Air + Style (you know besides the actual weather…look LA can get cold too) was the diversity of the crowd as well as the set up. Only Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw comes to mind when thinking of unique festival experiences. Where else can you see someone blazing down a 6 story high snowboard ramp while Mura Masa performs in the background? Only Air + Style.