2009 equal third place winner Ryan McCune, Image:: Harro
World Heli Challenge
The World Heli Challenge will officially begin today, friday 30 July with the Firestarter Party at the Lake Hawea Hotel before the competitor bib draw takes place on Saturday afternoon.
Tomorrow the 40 competitors, including the two wild card entries from the Wild Card Big Air event, will draw their bibs at the WHC dinner at the Lake Hawea Hotel and from Sunday they will be waiting for the right conditions for the two competition days in Mt Aspiring National Park.
The World Heli Challenge has two main competition days, the Freestyle and Extreme Days, but to access the remote competition spots in the backcountry helicopters requires ideal weather conditions, meaning the event has eight scheduled possible days to run the two competitions. The competitors will be treated to a whole range of adventure activities on the ‘down’ days.
On 7 August the event will finish with the ExtreamTV Street Style and Afterburner Party at the Lake Hawea Hotel.
The World Heli Challenge Schedule
30 July: Firestarter Party at the Lake Hawea Hotel
31 July: WHC dinner and bib draw at the Lake Hawea Hotel
1 August: subject to weather. Extreme Day in Mt Aspiring National Park. Athletes will be helicoptered into the Mt Aspiring National Park for a day of steep and deep extreme action with backcountry helicopters.
2 August: subect to weather. Freestyle Day in Mt Aspiring National Park. Athletes will be helicoptered into the Mt Aspiring National Park for a day of mind blowing aerial action with backcountry helicopters.
3, 4, 5, 6 August: Adventure/Weather days. Surfing, golf, and other adventure activities will fill in the days scheduled for backup weather days.
See www.worldhelichallenge.com for further details.