Freeskiers and snowboarders wrap progressive day two at Toyota ‘One Hit Wonder’

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 18, 2010 10:24 am

It’s been a mixed bag of emotions for all the riders over the past couple of days at The Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under, Australia’s most watched skiing and snowboarding big-air event. For two days, athletes anxiously waited for the strong winds to calm down, so they can continue launching off the 90+ foot custom built booter.

Full coverage from day one at the Toyota One Hit Wonder.

At the athlete’s request, during the bad weather conditions, the jump was made even bigger by adding extra kick on the take-off, as well as making the landing steeper. This has unquestionably built even more anticipation amongst the riders.

Luckily, on Friday morning the athletes woke up to some better weather conditions, and although the winds were still present, some managed to step it up and nail some very impressive ‘one-hits’. The stand out performer of the day was undoubtedly USA’s McRae Williams, who threw down two personal firsts, including a switch double cork 1440, and a rightside double flat 900. “I came to Australia to compete in the Toyota One Hit Wonder with the aim of landing a right double flat 900, and I’m so stoked that I managed to stomp it. This event is sick, and I’ll definitely be back again next year,” said Williams.

Photo: McRae Williams has added several tricks to his repertoire this week – Credit: Photographer Jose Purdam

Also on the top list of performers was New Zealand’s Byron Wells, who added another new trick to his arsenal, landing for the first time a switch double rodeo 1080. Top Billabong snowboarder, Robbie Walker, impressed his fellow snowboarders with attempts at an impressive frontside 1260.

 

Mixed emotions from Day Two from One Hit Wonder Event on Vimeo.

 

It was a frustrating second day of jumping. When the wind wasn’t gusting, visibility was unnervingly low. But after two bad weather days and with extra pop added to the kicker overnight, nothing was keeping the athletes of the 2010 Toyota One Hit Wonder stuck inside another day longer… Here is a tickle of what went down.

It was a frustrating second day of jumping. When the wind wasn’t gusting, visibility was unnervingly low. But after two bad weather days and with extra pop added to the kicker overnight, nothing was keeping the athletes of the 2010 Toyota One Hit Wonder stuck inside another day longer… Here is a tickle of what went down.

The final day of The Toyota One Hit Wonder is today and the good news is that the weather looks ideal, with little wind and sunshine predicted for the day. The wrap-up after party is also on tonight, where all the athletes and crew will be hitting up the Schuss bar, in Thredbo from 7:30 p.m. onwards. During the evening’s festivities, the Red Bull “Rider’s Choice” award will be handed out to the skier and snowboarder, nominated by the riders, who charged the hardest during the event. Each award is worth $1,000.

Footage captured from each rider’s best ‘one-hit’ trick during the event will be uploaded to the event website on Wednesday, September 22nd. The general public then has until October 10th to vote for their favorite and decide who will be crowned the 2010 Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under ski and snowboard champions.

By voting, consumers go into the drawing to win the “Ultimate Winter Package,” including an all-expenses-paid holiday to Niseko Japan for two valued at $6,200, thanks to Deep Powder Tours Ski Holidays, and a Salomon ski and snowboard equipment package, valued at $3,800.

For more information on the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under event or to vote, visit www.onehitwonderevent.com.

 

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