Towering: O’s High-Powered Snowboard Team Gathers at “Bird’s Nest” Tower Before Oakley & Shaun White Air + Style Beijing

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Only the Planet’s top riders make it onto Oakley’s high-flying snowboard team.

So it was only appropriate to hold the team’s official ‘Oakley & Shaun White Air & Style Beijing’ rider’s dinner on the top level of the stunningly designed Ling Long Tower by Beijing’s Olympic “Bird’s Nest” – overlooking the largest standing steel structure on Earth.

Serving as a ‘media center’ at the 2008 Summer Olympics, the uniquely designed building transformed into an Oakley ‘family room’ of sorts on Thursday evening. From Shaun White himself, Oakley Global Staff, the Top 12 Chinese Riders from the Oakley Rookie Challenge (that took place a day before at Qiaobo Indoor Ice and Snow World) to the top O riders – set to push the envelope of freestyle snowboarding during Saturday’s event – attendees enjoyed dinner, beverages and a spirited celebration of the grand contest week.

Kicked off with a toast or two, the gathering – which included the likes of rippers like Mikkel Bang, Stale Sandbech, Mark McMorris and many more – cruised into the evening before the entire group returned to their hotels to prepare for the final practices on Friday in the stadium.

One thing is certain, Oakley + Air & Style Beijing is set to make snowboarding history – with O Team Riders leading the charge – and you get to watch it live on Oakley.com. Full Link: LIVE WEBCAST ON OAKLEY.COM