Launching high off a 95 foot jump, 18 of the best big air athletes lined up this week in Thredbo for the famous One Hit Wonder event, the air was big and the action didn’t disappoint.
It was 17 year old US National Freeski Team member Alex Hall who took home the top spot of the AFP gold event with his awe inspiring trick, a Switch Triple Corked 1800, it was a first for Hall, but more impressive a world first.
Not to be outdone, Norwegian teen sensation Birk Rudd came in a close second with another world first, Switch Corked 1620. The podium was rounded out by the current 2016 X-Game Gold medallist, Swiss skier Fabian Bösch who landed a clean Triple Corked 1620 of his own.
The 18 deep starting field were split into two heats under perfect spring conditions, where the top five of each heat progressed into the final. Australian Ryley Lucas was the only Aussie in the all-international final and wrapped up 12th place only just having come from wrist surgery only days before the event.
Returning athlete Evan McEachran from Canada, who finished 10th “It’s the biggest jump on the tour and it’s run by people who know how to create an atmosphere where progression happens. Every year we come down here just waiting to see the future of skiing go down on that thing”said McEachran
The action wasn’t just on the mountain, the village was jumping too with a huge line-up of artists playing over two nights for the Corona Concert Series. Sweet Mix Kids and Gypsy and the Cat kicked off the weekend and played into the early hours. Round two of entertainment, saw Safia, CastleComer, and Sweet Mix Kids unleashing an electrifying set to an amped, packed out, all age crowd.
The One Hit Wonder delivered another big week, full of tricks, world firsts and plenty of parties.