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World Heli Challenge Athletes Were Treated With The Best NZ Has To Offer During The Freestyle Day Of Competition (31-Jul-11)

The Freestyle Day of the World Heli Challenge was held today in a stunning venue off of Mt Albert...

Lake Wanaka, NZ (31 July 2011) - The Freestyle Day of the World Heli Challenge was held today in a stunning venue off of Mt Albert that has never before been used for the competition and may well have never been skied before at all.

2011 World Heli Challenge
“The conditions were epic,” said event founder Tony Harrington.  “We couldn’t have asked for any better. The venue provided the perfect terrain for testing the skills of the competitors.”
Every athlete got two runs in with some of the strongest performances yet seen at a World Heli Challenge event, both by the men and the women.
Judging at this event is different than that found at most freestyle and big mountain competitions.  Rather than having set criteria, the judges will focus on overall impression and have communicated to the athletes that they need to represent what they do best and not try to be someone they aren’t.

2011 World Heli Challenge

“The event is built around our shared passion for skiing and snowboarding and we want to build on that by letting the athletes show us what they do best,” said technical director, Nick Mills.
This was definitely evident in some of the highlights today where New Zealand’s Jake Koia threw a massive floating 720 while two-time World Heli Challenge Champion, Ted Davenport, found two cliffs to drop.
Young Gun skier, Mark Hendrickson (13) from Calgary, left no doubt that he was the right pick for the Young Gun position this year after linking technical manoeuvres down multiple features on the course.
Snowboarder, Lyon Farrell (12) who was also selected as this year’s Young Gun, had a solid run and said that it was the most amazing day he’s ever had snowboarding.  Legendary snowboarder, Mike Basich, couldn’t agree more saying, “We need more events like this; this is the future of the sport.”
Today’s runs will be uploaded to the athletes page of the World Heli Challenge website at within the next 24 hours.  In addition to the judges vote for the overall athletes there will also be a people’s vote with prizes for the winners.
The winners will be announced at the “World Heli Challenge Showcase” film festival evening on August 11th at the Lake Wanaka Centre
Tomorrow it’s all go for the Extreme Day.

About the World Heli Challenge

The World Heli Challenge is a cross breed of intense world-class competition coupled with the adventure lifestyle that New Zealand is so famous for.
The event is held over a two-week period allowing for the best weather and snow conditions on the two fly days. The two competition days include a Big Mountain competition which tests the skills of athletes riding down steep, gnarly runs of the highest mountain peaks in over 5,000 square kilometres of the Southern Lakes Heli skiing terrain and a Freestyle Day, held in Mother Nature’s own terrain park. Points from the two competition days are added together to find out just who is the best all-round skier and snowboarder..
The remaining 12 days of the event days are equally as action packed with adventure and lifestyle activities.   Athletes can be found skydiving, white water rafting, surfing the West Coast (this year with former ASP World Championship Tour Surfing Champion, Mark “Occy” Occhilupo, who will be joining the event as a TV host).  They will also be treated to some down home kiwi fun mustering on the Glen Dene station, fishing, and spending a night at the Dingleburn station.
When the crew decide to ease off on the adrenaline, you’ll find them sitting back at one of the myriad of cafes around Lake Wanaka sipping on lattes, soaking in the views and reflecting on the array of lifestyle activities that they’ve been enjoying. The athletes will also learn about conservation with Lake Wanaka Eco Adventures and head out to sample some of the fine local vintage at the Rippon Vineyard.
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2011 World Heli Challenge 

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