Lake Wanaka, NZ – World Heli Challenge (WHC) founder, Tony Harrington “Harro” announced today that the remaining spots in the legendary event will be opened to “non-pro” athletes. The WHC wasn’t created solely for professionals, “This event was founded on feeding the passion for skiing and snowboarding and pushing the limits,” said Harro.
“We realise that there are a lot of great skiers and snowboarders out there who aren’t sponsored and are not necessarily on the competition circuit. Participants in the World Heli Challenge run the gamut from undiscovered and emerging talent to top ranked athletes and legends and that’s how we like it.”
The amazing and established big mountain skier, B.A.S.E. Jumper and two-time WHC Champion, Ted Davenport (pictured right), is expected back this July to hopefully make it a three-peat. However, he needs to bring his A-game since many WHC competitors have been discovered at this event. Back in 2009, when Davenport nabbed his first WHC 1st place, Australian skier Chris Booth also had a big win with the Warren Miller crew discovering him and asking him to be a part in their recent film.
This year WHC will partner with Red Bull Media House and Fuel TV to create and air a one-hour show and two 30-minute shows. Photography generated at the event is featured globally in major ski, snowboard and mainstream publications. In addition to coverage on major network channels, event organisers also work with a film crew to create their own footage for distribution.
Here’s what you get once you enter in the event: Two days of heli-accessed competition (one big mountain and one freeski), two weeks of high adrenaline adventure activities such as bungee jumping, jet boating and surfing (alongside legendary surfer Mark Occhilupo “Occy”, who will also be ripping up the slopes at the event), and complimentary entry to all World Heli Challenge parties including the Black and White Gala Media Awards night at the culmination of the event.
There are special room rates on a limited number of rooms at the newly renovated Lake Hawea Hotel. Harro has said they are anticipating spots to fill up very quickly, so you better get on it. They will be filling spots on a first-come first served basis.
Interested in grabbing a coveted spot on the helicopter? You can contact Harro at email@example.com for registration details, and for all information and details on the event, go to the WHC website at: www.worldhelichallenge.com.