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One Hit Wonder Down Under

Bobby Brown at Australia's One Hit Wonder big air contest. Courtesy photo

Over the past five days, Thredbo mountain resort in Australia hosted the southern hemisphere's largest video ski competition, the One Hit Wonder Down Under. Nine invited riders from around the globe had five days to get their best trick on film. Those tricks will be posted online on Tuesday and online voting to determine the winner will take place over the next three weeks.

Bobby Brown did his signature double cork 1080 on his second hit on the jump and continued to throw down all weekend with a handful of perfect switch double cork 12s and 14s. Gus Kenworthy used his time on the feature to perfect his double cork 1440s with different grabs and grab combinations. Kenworthy took advantage of other features set up by the organizers including a small down rail that he sessioned until sunset.

Joss Christensen demonstrated his jump prowess with big spins like switch 1440s and stylie grab combinations like switch 10s with mute to blunt grabs.

Jossi Wells spent most of the trip concentrating on his switch double cork 1080 method grab and also testing out that trick out with a truck-driver grab. "It's a nice change from the contest scene," Wells said. "It's a relaxing atmosphere: five days, a perfect jump, what more can we ask for?"

Chris Laker's sessions on the jump were cut short after he went down while attempting a triple cork 1440 on the first day. Joe Schuster hooked an edge at the bottom of the landing on the second day and knocked himself out cold. Luckily he was able to stomp a textbook switch 14 mute before his injury and walked away with a shot.

One Hit Wonder is now in its third year. "This contest was originally a way to hit a massive spring booter with my mates, and that's we are still doing three years later," said event organizer Tim Myers.

The nine riders will have their best trick posted on www.onehitwonderevent.com this Tuesday. The trick with the most votes will see the skier go home with $10,000 AUS and every person who votes will be entered into a draw for a Japanese ski vacation. So hurry up and cast your vote for the best trick.