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Australia's own Russ Henshaw won the Toyota One Hit Wonder big air contest at Australia's Thredbo Resort on Saturday with a triple cork 1440. New Zealand's Jossi Wells placed second with a double cork 1260 with a mute grab and Thredbo local Jordan Houghton took third.
"I was really pleased with my jumps today," said Henshaw. "I landed my first two, including a triple cork 14. [Jump builder] Charles Beckinsale excelled himself again this year with the jump, making it really safe on the landing."
Said judge Zoe Jaboor, "Russ did the most difficult trick of the day but Jossi Wells executed some really difficult grabs. There was little between them."
Twelve athletes from five countries hit the 99-foot step-up jump in bluebird conditions with no wind. The competition was held on day four of a five-day festival that saw Henshaw also complete the first triple cork 14 in the southern hemisphere on the People's Choice day on Sept. 12.
This is the first year the event has been granted gold status on the AFP World Tour, and it's the first big air of the 2012-13 contest season.
|Jossi Wells took second place at the Toyota One Hit Wonder on Saturday.|
Beckinsale, who built the jump for a Matchstick Productions film shoot with Henshaw earlier this year at Whistler, British Columbia, spent six eight-hour days with two winch cats, plus three days of shaping with a team of six, to create the monster jump.
"The jump is the best I have hit since hitting the jump that was here for this event last year," Wells said.