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World Heli Challenge 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013

All eyes of the international snowsports world are on New Zealand right now with some of the world's best flying south for the 2013 World Heli Challenge.

Exide Batteries powers the World Heli Challenge.

It is an elite heli-accessed ski and snowboard event attracting athletes from around the world to challenge themselves in the backcountry terrain surrounding Wanaka. As we know, this part of NZ is where only the strong (Batteries) survive.

Southern Lakes Heli fly the competitors on two competition days - a Freestyle Day and Extreme Day. Athletes are judged on their overall performance across both days, their abilities to showcase their freeriding skills in steep and challenging terrain and to deliver a smooth, strong and consistent line.

This year's World Heli Challenge event kicks off on Friday, 26 July with the first-ever Junior World Heli Challenge for 12-16 year old athletes.

The elite level ski and snowboard event will then take place from 4 to 22 August this year with a strong local line up including 2012 winner Will Jackways and Wanaka legends Sam Smoothy and Fraser McDougall. International athletes are also flying down for a piece of the action including snowboarder Antti Autti from Finland.

More info? www.worldhelichallange.com.au or www.facebook.com/worldhelichallenge

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