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Images from the 2018 Air & Style at Expo Park in Los Angeles, CA

Darcy Sharpe Takes First at Air + Style

Mar 052018

Monster Energy congratulates snowboarder Darcy Sharpe on his win at the first ever Street Style contest held at the famed Air + Style Los Angeles. Putting together a run that was both more stylish and technical than the rest of the riders, the young Canadian rider took the top spot with relative ease.

Back for it’s fourth year in Southern California, Air + Style went off over the weekend with what ended up being a non-stop party in Downtown Los Angeles. A mixed snow/skate and music festival, massive crowds gathered at Expo Park to witness some of the worlds best skaters and shredders get down in between musical acts like Gucci Mane and Phoenix. Though not generally know for its powder, crews from nearby Bear Mountain worked tirelessly to set up the inventive course, albeit with the support of a few metric tons of man made snow, as this year saw the venue change from a Big Air event to Street Style.

Wasting no time on Saturday night, Sharpe turned up the heat by getting down throughout his practice runs on all the features the course provided which included wall rides, ledges, pyramid style boxes and a host of different rails to choose from. After some deliberation he found his line of choice and took to the final where he lined up against a diverse field of snowboarders, which included a few contest veterans, some film riders and even a couple local kids who qualified at Bear Mountain a few weeks ago.


Ultimately it wouldn’t matter and despite the fact he’s coming off an ankle injury Sharpe laid down the toughest line of the night with a hard way switch frontside 270 boardslide on the main down rail before lining up a frontside lipslide-to-backside 450 out for a score of 92.00 points.


Asked afterwards about the event the 20-year-old said, “I love this contest — there’s not much pressure and I really love snowboarding in front of a crowd like this,” before adding, “Plus I don’t mind getting a little mid-winter warmth down here for the weekend.” 


Sharpe, who took a silver medal at X Games Aspen in Slopestyle earlier this season, is quickly becoming a household name in the world of professional snowboarding with consistent podium finishes in recent years. Now, with the end of contest season in sight all eyes are set on Vail, Colorado and the legendary US Open of Snowboarding where Sharpe will compete in Slopestyle this weekend.