Air & Style Company and the organizer of the Mexico City Air & Style event, Real Snow Corp have recently decided to include the Mexico City event in a larger scale project that is in the works. To accommodate this development, the date of the Mexico City event has been changed from May 25th 2013 to November 2013. The exact event date in November will be released publicly upon completion of the contracting and permitting associated with the date change.
16-year old Yuki Kadono (JPN) took home the victory in the Superfinal of the Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing 2012, sticking a Backside Triple Cork 1440 Mute in the last run of the contest in front of more than 15,000 spectators at the Bird´s Nest Olympic Stadium. With 97.67 he prevailed over Peetu Piiroinen(FIN/2nd/93,33 Pts.), Stale Sandbech (NOR/3rd/92.00 Pts.) and Mathias Weissenbacher (AUT/4th/34.33 Pts.) in a highly dramatic finale.
Yuki Kadono: “I am very happy about today´s win. It is a great honor to be the first Asian Air & Style winner and the first rider to win an Air &Style with a Triple Cork. I have only stuck this trick once before and am always afraid before trying this very difficult trick, so it means all the more that I landed it today.”
Shaun White: "Tonight's event was amazing, I was blown away to see the Chinese people show so much support for snowboarding. It is really inspiring. Yuki Kadono killed it tonight and he definitely deserved to win, congrats to all the riders for helping to support Oakley and Air & Style in China."
In following countries you can watch the Oakley and Shaun White Air & Style Beijing live on TV at 11:30 (GMT):
Finland: TV2 (YLE)
Israel: Sport 5
Italy: Sport Italia
Sweden: Viasat Sport
Countdown for Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing 2012
The countdown is on! On December 8 the world’s best snowboarders meet up at the famous Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing to show breathtaking snowboard action to the audience. And the dragon of wood and steel grows. In detail: The start height is 50 meters above level, the slope inrun is 42° steep and the leap is about 30 meters. The goal for the 24 riders: Overcoming this monsterous ramp to take the crown.
For the first time all 24 riders will start in a head-to-head competition from round 1 on. 12 winners and 4 lucky losers will advance to round 2 and battle their way through to the Super Final of 4 riders. 1,000 World Snowboard Tour points, a dragon’s share of the 75,000 Euro prize purse and the Ring Of Glory are the plunder waiting to be captured by the top vanquishing hero. Ulrik Badertscher (NOR), winner of last years Beijing event, will lead big names such as WST champion Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and WST Big Air champion Seppe Smits, into the stadium. The North American delegation, with Slopestyle world champion Chas Guldemond (USA), Mark McMorris (CAN), Seb Toutant (CAN), Eric Beauchemin(USA), Antoine Truchon (CAN), Sage Kotsenburg (USA) and Maxence Parrot (CAN) poses a formidable challenge to all. A menacing field of norsemen will travel from Scandinavia to the middle kingdom, China. Stale Sandbech (NOR), Petja Piroiinen (FIN), Torgeir Bergrem (NOR), Roope Tonteri (FIN), Emil Ulsletten (NOR), Sven Thorgren (SWE) and Nils Arvidsson (SWE) are coming to strengthen their position as one of snowboards strongest heritages. Never to be underestimated, Werner Stock (AUT), Clemens Schattschneider (AUT), Mathias Weissenbacher (AUT), Pat Brugener (SUI), Marko Grilc (SLO) and Viktor de la Rue (FRA) from the European Alps are a venerated guild. Yuki Kadono (JPN) will have the shortest trip to make, but may have the most to gain from a victory in his home continent.
And in old Air & Style tradition Sun Nan and Band will perform live on stage to entertain the Chinese crowd alongside breathtaking world elite snowboarding.
The current Air & Style season 2012/13 begins with the Oakley & Shaun White present Air & Style in the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing on December 8th 2012. This is the first 6 Star event of the World Snowboard Tour's season and will attract the greatest riders on the planet. 24 Riders will have the chance to battle for the throne of snowboarding in China and do their part in bringing this incredible sport and the snowboarding lifestyle to a vastly broader audience. Oakley and Air & Style are teamed up on this mission together again, for a 3rd exciting season.