Russ Henshaw Wins One Hit Wonder Down Under Big Air

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One Hit Wonder final day video.

The 2012-13 big air season has begun as Russ Henshaw takes home the win at the One Hit Wonder Down Under this weekend, held in Thredbo, Australia. Henshaw, who hails from Australia and is arguably the country’s most famous ski export, won in front of a hometown crowd. “I was stoked to have a win in my backyard with my mum and dad watching on, alongside some good mates from all around the world,” said Henshaw. New Zealand’s Jossi Wells finished just off the top spot while Jordan Houghton occupied the third place spot. Australian National team member (but Canadian-resident) Dane Tudor finished just off the podium in fourth.

The event also marked the beginning of the AFP big air season, as the gold level event precedes the upcoming European city big air circuit. Henshaw will obviously top the list for the time being, yet he finished seventh in the 2011-12 AFP big air standings.

Russ Henshaw. p: Nick Parkinson

After almost a week of sessioning the 95-foot jump in picture perfect weather, Henshaw took it to the house with a double cork 1080 double grab (mute to japan) and triple cork 1440 for the win. Jossi Wells brought out the switch double flip 1080 bwarrow and double cork 1260 mute. And Jordan Houghton used two double corks (1080 & 1260) with double mute grabs to secure his podium finish. Check out the video above for more highlights from the day.

“The magnitude of tricks thrown is usually a testament to how good the jump is. This is the best jump I’ve hit since I was here this time last year,” said Jossi Wells.

Local boy Jordan Houghton. p: Nick Parkinson

And even though the big air is done, the event doesn’t stop there. Now the attention turns to the One Hit Wonder People’s Choice award, where audience members can go online and vote for their favorite trick. Voters are entered into a drawing with one lucky winner taking home a grand prize that is valued at over $10,000 including an all-expenses-paid holiday for two to Hakuba, Japan staying at the luxurious Phoenix Hotel, a complete Salomon package and an all-new GoCam waterproof HD camera. Stay tuned for voting instructions, right here.

Next on the list of big air events is Freestyle.ch in Zurich, Switzerland, which kicks off this Friday, September 21. For the full AFP big air rankings, visit afpworldtour.com.

Second place finisher Joss Wells. p: Nick Parkinson