Mountainwatch Interview – Shaun White & FREE Tickets to Air & Style Sydney

May 19th, 2018
  

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Shaun White at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earlier this year, where he achieved yet another gold in the snowboard halfpipe.

Mountainwatch | Interview

Our very own Reggae Elliss recently sat down with one of the biggest names in not only snowsports but sports generally – The Flying Tomato, aka. Shaun White – to talk all things Air + Style Sydney as well as his illustrious career.

Shaun’s in town promoting his Air + Style event, a Big Air ski and snowboard competition/music festival that will see 60 of the world’s best male and female skiers and snowboarders launch themselves off of a purpose-built snow covered 16 storey ramp in Sydney’s Domain over three days on August 3rd, 4th and 5th.

It’s undeniable that Shaun’s eloquence and entrepreneurial drive has been a determining factor in bringing the action sports subculture of snowboarding to the mainstream.

In the interview, Shaun talks about the logistics of bringing such a big event to a city setting, how the riders themselves deal with the dizzying heights, and turning pro at the age of 13. He also talks about his competition with our very own Scotty James and winning gold at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earlier this year.

Check it out below:

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Athletes:

The names of the 60 athletes competing in August are slowly being released by Air + Style. If previous events are anything to go by, we can expect nothing short of the best Big Air skiers and snowboarders to grace our shores. So far the line-up includes:

Snowboard:

  • Max Parrot3 x Air + Style winner, Silver medal Olympian and 9x X Games medalist
  • Kyle Mack2016 US Open Winner, 2018 Big Air Olympic Silver Medalist
  • Torgeir Bergrem
  • Stale Sandbech2014 Slopestyle Olympic Silver Medalist and 3x X Games Bronze medalist
  • Anna Gasser2018 Big Air Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Tiarn Collins
  • Christy Prior
  • Enni RukajarviX Games Gold medalist
  • Miyabi Onitsuka2018 FIS Slopestyle Gold medalist
  • Maggie Voisin
  • Sofya Fedorova
  • Sven Thorgren
  • Clemens Millauer
  • Roope Tonteri
  • Sina Candrian

Ski:

  • Russ HenshawX Games Silver medalist
  • Henrik Harlaut6x X Games Gold medalist & 2x Silver medalist
  • Jossi wells5x X Games medalist
  • Jesper TjaderRedbull jib wizard
  • Jackson Wells
  • Andri Ragettli2018 Olympic slopestyle bronze medalist
  • Kai MahlerX Games Silver medalist
  • Jonas Hunziker
  • Oscar Wester
  • James ‘Woodsy’ Woods6x medalist FIS World Cup and 2x medalist at FIS World Championships
  • Nick Goepper2018 Olympic Slopestyle Silver medalist, 2014 Olympic Slopestyle bronze medalist, 3x X Games Gold Medalist, 2x X Games Silver medalist
  • Johanne Killi
  • Christoff Schenk
  • Mathilde Gremaud2018 Olympic Slopestyle Silver medalist
  • Jennie-Lee BurmanssonX Games bronze medalist and FIS WC Overall Slopestyle Tour Champion 17/18

Musical Acts

Much of the musical line-up is also yet to be announced, however, two of the three headline acts have been released – Irish/Scottish rockers Snow Patrol and Rapping superstar Flo Rida.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated when more big name riders and performers are announced!

Tickets are on sale now at Moshtix and via the Air + Style Website .