Air + Style behind the scenes
Music, Snow, Fun
Shaun White combined music, snow and fun in last weekend's Air + Style concert/big air contest in Pasadena. In case you didn't know, White and Sarah Barthel, the lead singer of Phantogram, are dating. Isn't that cute? Here he takes his sweetie for a little tour of the big air jump.
Sarah Barthel, pictured here rocking the house with her band Phantogram -- one of many music acts, along with Shaun White's band Bad Things, to take to the main stage Saturday afternoon.
Take me to church
A full day of music AND snowboarding? And the people rejoiced.
Music was no sideshow at this competition. The light show at Diplo alone could have lit up the entire city of Pasadena
White and I-Pod
Superfriends Shaun White and Iouri Podladtchikov get their womp on in the crowd during Diplo's set on Saturday.
Just a little big. Just a little...
Seb Toutant, Sven Thorgren (left) and Stale Sandbech (right) engage in a little "skiers vs. snowboarders" shuffleboard match in the rider's lounge while waiting for practice to start.
Kotsenburg, Mitrani talk sweatpants
Mitrani catches up with Sage Kotsenburg at the rider hotel the day before the competition. Watch Mitrani's preview video on XGames.com for the full story behind this photo.
Eventual Air + Style tour winner Stale Sandbech tests the jump on Saturday morning as the judges and announces look on in the background.
Pros weren't the only snowboarders getting to ride snow in sunny SoCal last weekend. A mini patch for the mini shreds was set up in the vent to give the next generation a taste of the fun.
Japanese jump master, 18-year-old Yuki Kadono celebrates his win with runner-up Seb Toutant and third pace and Air + Style tour champion, Stale Sandbech.
Though it's bad form to complain about rain in a state that just entered it's fourth-consecutive year of drought, it was disappointing to see the Air + Style's first-ever ski competition get cut short due to a weather deluge. Here Bobby Brown sends it in the first and only round of Sunday's ski comp.
Rain couldn't hold the Flaming Lips, or the band's fans, back from partying on down, however. Here the Lips keep it fun while looking out at the big air ramp that would never see an evening's competition on Sunday.