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PS Episode 4: Ni Hao! Hello!

The P.S. crew goes ice biking in Beijing, flaunts the Canadian Tuxedo and rips jibs, jumps and the bridge of Hana’s nose at a Chinese resort. There’s even a luge.

Of Life and Love: China

Trips to China are all the rage these days. In the latest segment of Of Life and Love, Jason Robinson, Blake Paul, & Blair Habenicht over populate the land of exports.

Filmed/Edited By Cameron Fair
Presented by The A Rob Plant a Seed Project.

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Snowboarding is Big in China

There are so many things wrong with what is happening in China right now, are we’re not even talking about Communism and child labor. Not only is there a big air contest going on, but Oakley actually paid for it to be branded “Shaun White,” which was can only assume is because Chinese people think red hair has some sort of magical powers. Shockingly, YoBeat’s budgets did not allow for us to make it to this joyous huck fest on the other side of the world, but if you’re really interested in some media ridiculousness, ESPNsnow and TWsnow are apparently gonna have a “tweet battle” to cover the event “from the future,” so if you really care, follow them and get your fix. Or you could just watch the live webcast, which might be less mind numbing, but probably not. Here’s the official press release from TTR.

Beijing, China — 29.November 2010: This weekend, The People’s Republic of China will welcome the first major snowboard event ever to take place in the country, the Oakley and Shaun White present Air & Style Beijing. This is also the first 6Star event of the men’s 2010/2011 Swatch TTR World Tour and is set to take place at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium on Saturday December 4, 2010. The elite big air event will feature 16 of the world’s most talented snowboarders, who will be competing in front of an electric crowd of 15,000 people, for a piece of the $100,000 USD prize purse and a maximum of 1000 TTR World Ranking points.

First Major Snowboard Event in China

Riders from around the world will make the trek to China this week for the Air & Style Beijing and, in addition to getting ready for the first major event of the TTR season, will be treated to a cultural experience that will be unmatched at any other tour stop of the year. For many riders who follow the TTR circuit traveling across Europe and North America has become the norm, but China will be a brand new experience for many of the men who will be in attendance. “I’m super pumped to go and compete in China,” says American rider, Scotty Lago, “I’ve never been there before and I’m sure I’ll see some interesting things over there, to say the least.” Beijing is known as the cultural center of China and while snowboarders are in town for the Air & Style competition they will have the opportunity to take in the local traditions, unique ancient and modern sights, chow some authentic Chinese cuisine and snowboard in one of the world’s greatest cities.

Jockeying for Position as the Height of the Season Approaches

The Air & Style Beijing is the first 6Star event on the TTR World Tour for the men and the riders list includes some heavy hitters in the TTR World Ranking. Current Swatch TTR World No. 1, Gjermund Braaten, has been active in the early season and has already collected seven results giving him a healthy lead in the World Rankings. If he does well in Beijing, he could extend his tour lead, which will set him up very nicely for the string of upcoming major events in January and February. However, other riders will have the opportunity to play catch-up with 1000 TTR Ranking points up for grabs for the first place finisher. Riders who can close the gap on Braaten’s lead include TTR World No. 4, Iouri Podladtchikov, and Belgian young gun and current World No. 2, Seppe Smits. Other riders to watch out for include Marko Grilc (SLO), who took the win at the Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck last December, two-time TTR Tour Champion Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), Mikkel Bang (NOR), Scotty Lago (USA) and Sebastien Toutant (CAN) are always major threats in a big air format.

Watch all the Action Live via Webcast

The Air & Style events are well known for the unique “head-to-head” big air format that is very exciting to watch. The bracket-style knockout format is similar to college basketball finals where two snowboarders face off against each other with three runs apiece to see who can obtain the best score. The rider who wins, moves on to the next round while the rider who loses is knocked out of competition. All the head-to-head action, from semi-finals to the super final, can be viewed live via webcast on December 4th at 11:30-13:00 GMT on www.ttrworldtour.com and www.air-style.com.cn.

Confirmed Riders List:

Marko Grilc (SLO)

Peetu Piiroinen (FIN)

Andreas Wiig (NOR)

Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)

Wener Stock (AUS)

Elias Elhardt (GER)

Markus Malin (FIN)

Gjermund Braaten (NOR)

Janne Korpi (FIN)

Mikkel Bang (NOR)

Scotty Lago (USA)

Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN)

Halldor Helgason (ISL)

Sebastian Toutant (CAN)

Eric Willet (USA)

Seppe Smits (BEL)