Words: Angela Hampton

The Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under, Australia’s most watched skiing and snowboarding big-air event, wrapped up a successful first day of its week-long competition in Thredbo, Australia.

Charlie Timmins. Photo: Darren Teasdale

Stand out performers of the day included Australia’s own Charlie Timmins, who stomped a personal best trick for the first time; a double cork 1080. USA’s McRae Williams and Bobby Brown were also stand-outs, nailing some of the most impressive maneuvers of the day. McCrae perfected a switch double-cork 1260 with a mute grab, and Bobby showcased one of his X Games winning tricks; a switch double misty 1260 with a high mute grab. New Zealand’s Byron Wells also charged hard during the day, achieving a personal best and stomping a switch double rodeo 900.

McRae Williams. Photo: Darren Teasdale

The sun was shining, the wind was calm, and Charles Beckinsale’s custom-built 90-foot big air jump certainly lived up to the athlete’s expectations. “We were stoked to wake up to a bluebird day with no wind, but our day got even better when we saw the massive 90-foot booter which has been custom built for the event. The next few days is going to be sick”, says X Games double gold medalist Bobby Brown.

Bobby Brown. Photo: Darren Teasdale

The Toyota One Hit Wonder is held from the 14th to 18th of September in Thredbo, where skiers and snowboarders go head-to-head to nail their biggest crowd pleasing ‘one-hit’ trick in front of the cameras.

Clint Allan. Photo: Joseph Purdam

After the competition wraps up, footage from each riders best ‘one-hit’ trick will be uploaded to http://www.onehitwonderevent.com, where the general public have until the 10th of October 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 draw to win the ‘Ultimate Winter Package’, including an all-expenses-paid holiday to Niseko, Japan for two valued at $6,200, thanks to Dee Powder Tours Ski Holidays, and a Salomon ski and snowboard equipment package, valued at $3,800.

Just a tease from Day One from One Hit Wonder Event on Vimeo.

For more information on the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under event, visit http://www.onehitwonderevent.com.