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Comment Share Posted on Thursday August 9th at 10:45 a.m.

The World Heli Challenge, a highlight of the NZ competition scene, is upon us and is being kept waiting. Current snow conditions and bad weather is keeping the helicopter firmly resting on the ground, safety being the number one priority for any heli inspired event.

The WHC is a two day competition, one freetsyle day and one extreme day. A two week window to get those two days of competition completed means plenty of off snow activities planned in and around Wanaka. But hey, waiting is a normal activity for heli run hopefuls. And it's not like the 30 athletes and 9 media professionals from around the world are sitting idle sipping coffee and watching ski porn.

The WHC incorporates fun down day activities into its program. The event's base camp is at the Hawea Tavern and has held a few of the grounded activities such as a heli safety briefing, event briefing dinners and the 'Heli Olympics'. "It was full on", said photographer Tommy Pyatt, with the young guns taking the title. Hank Billous, Mitch Reeves and Jett Elkins taking the podium spots.

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Other events around the Wanaka region have included disc golf comps, sky diving, west coast surf missions, rafting and beach bonfires.

This year for the first time sees skier and snowboarders competing against each other to find an overall male and female winner who will each win a weeks heli skiing trip in Alaska, as well as staunch bragging rights.

Go hard you guys, gambatte ne, andare en prendere, gehen Sie dafür!

Words by Sarah

 

 

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