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Heavily meditated: Olympic legend Shaun White hosts world's first relaxation competition

100 competitors faced off in what has been dubbed the "most relaxing competition" in the world.

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Competition is not often associated with relaxation, but that is exactly how it went down for 100 beachgoers at an event hosted by Olympic gold medalist Shaun White in Aruba this month.

The event, which took place at Aruba's pristine Eagle Beach, drew from a pool of vacationers who applied after receiving a QR code while staying at hotels on the island.

Participants sat for more than an hour — disconnected from phones — during the beach's sunset with a calming breeze.

However, the event was not a total paradise.

Contestants were given heart monitors to track their heart rate. The competition threw "curveballs" at contestants to see if they could remain on island time amid turmoil around them.

"We would like throw in these curveballs to try to get people to get their heart rate accelerated," White said in an interview with NBC Local. "So we have like kids run through kicking sand or starting a squirt gun fight."

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White said he had a blast hosting the event, and that people kept asking him how he would prepare for such an event.

White just advised people to remain calm and focus on the beautiful Caribbean island around them.

"I mean, it's pretty hard to get worked up while you're down there. Everyone's on island time it's just like the most relaxing, incredible place," White said.

The winner of the competition will be named the "World's Greatest Relaxer" when the competition airs in August.

The top three winners will also get amazing prizes for their relaxing performance:

  • Gold - "The Ultimate Aruba Vacation" includes a four-night stay at the iconic Ritz Carlton, Aruba, two round-trip flights to Aruba, and dinner for two at Infini, the hottest culinary ticket on the island.
  • Silver - “The Ultimate Aruba Weekend”: a three night stay at the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba, a full spa day at the world-famous Renaissance Island, and dinner for two at the buzz-worthy OLIVIA.
  • Bronze -  “The Ultimate Rejuvenation Package”: a romantic cruise with Pelican Adventures, private island tour with Isla Aruba, and relaxing massage for two from Aruba Wellness Therapies, to be redeemed during the remainder of their stay.
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