Fly day set for Monday 12 August 2013

Lake Wanaka, NZ (Sunday, 11 August, 2013) – Anticipation is building amongst the 2013 World Heli Challenge athletes and crew who are on standby for the first of two heli-accessed competition days tomorrow (Monday, 12 August).  The freestyle competition is slated to take place on Mt Turner in the Wilkin Valley for the first time.

Freestyle Competition Day Venue

Mt Turner – Freestyle Competition Day Venue


There’s been no rest for the weary…while waiting for the weather gods to deliver, the athletes and crew have been filling their days with a slew of adrenaline filled activities such as surfing the Hawea River Wave, Heli Olympics (where the athletes and crew become pilots of their own helicopters), mountain biking, paint-balling, frisbee golf, some warm up turns at Treble Cone, barbecues at the lake and a rockin’ Retro Party at Lone Star.

Rockin' the Retro at Lone Star

Will Jackways and Abby Lockhart Rockin’ the Retro at Lone Star

Tonight everyone will be “chillaxing” at Ruby’s Cinema while checking out the highlights from last year’s competition.  World Heli Challenge, the Movie screens at 5pm and 7pm.  Public are more than welcome to attend.  Tickets are $14.50 and include your first beer.

This year’s international line up:


Jessy Brown, Canada
Jett Elkins, USA
Abby Lockhart, New Zealand (winner 2012)
Rachel “Ratty” Sheidow, Australia


Antti Autti, Finland
Clint Allan, Australia
Ricky Bates, USA
Colin Boyd, USA/NZ
Will Jackways, New Zealand (winner 2012)
Yuta Kiyohaha, Japan
Ben Wacizak, USA
Ian Wood, USA


Miles Holden
Niels Ijpelaar
Neil Kerr
Mickey Ross
Alexander Clive Evans


Briar Peters, New Zealand
Taylor Rapley, New Zealand


Per Christian (PC) Fosse, Norway
Harry Giddings, New Zealand
Taisuke Kusunoki, Japan
Charlie Lyons, New Zealand
Fraser McDougall, New Zealand
Essex Prescott, USA
Sam Smoothy, New Zealand
Charlie Timmins, Australia


Tomohiro Fuji
Sam Lynch
Lachlan Humphries
Riley Bathurst
Antony Hansen

Take a peek at what the athletes have been getting up to while waiting to fly…

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