Australia’s top ski and snowboard big-air event, “The One Hit Wonder Down Under,” is officially underway, and the participating athletes wasted no time by quickly launching into their arsenals of difficult tricks.
Top freeskiers Bobby Brown and Russ Henshaw immediately showed why they’re among some of the world’s best; both skiers broke out double cork 1080s on only their third hit after twice speed-checking the massive Charles Beckinsale-built kicker.
A look at the massive jump
With the two stepping up their game so quickly, others quickly followed suit with a barrage of forward and switch double corks, impressive grab variations, and floaty moves.
However, with progression comes the element of danger – at least two competitors went down with injuries, marking the end of their “One Hit Wonder Down Under” stint.
While the contest has more of an open jam feel to it, competitors are no doubt still eyeing the impressive prize on the line: a share in the $10,000 prize purse.
Weather conditions are currently a bit challenging at the Thredbo resort venue, but with the contest scheduled to run through September 18th, it’s likely the insanity will be able to continue with more sessions on the contest features.
Besides more doubles, rumors have been swirling about the possibility of a triple cork or flip popping up before the contest wraps. Russ Henshaw recently took to his blog and revealed some of his potential plans for the jump:
“I want to re-try the triple cork 1440 I did on a spring shoot with Matchstick. I brought it to my feet then, but slid out so I am pretty confident I will be able to land as long as there is a bit more hang time.”
Henshaw’s comments are certainly not to be taken lightly – if anyone could pull off the unfathomable move he’s certainly in the running. Henshaw already has the claim on the first unnatural double cork, landed this year at the Jon Olsson Super Sessions, so it wouldn’t exactly be surprising for him to cement his name into the freeskiing history books once again.
Check out this highlight video from Day 1 and stay tuned for more updates out of Thredbo: