The World Heli Challenge held its Freestyle day just yesterday at Mt. Albert in New Zealand. This was the first time that Mt. Albert was used as a venue for this event and arguably the first time the area had been shredded period. Both men and women competitors got to runs on the venue and were judged by the “overall impression ” of their run.
It is stressed from the staff of the World Heli challenge that rather then them judging on a set criteria, the athletes should focus on their own strengths to receive the best scores possible. Technical director Nick Mills commented on the “overall impression” technique of judging saying that, “This event is built around a shared passion for skiing and snowboarding and we want to build on that by letting the athletes show us what they do best.”
Event Founder Tony Harrington said, “The conditions were epic, we couldn’t have asked for anything better. The Venue Provided the perfect terrain for testing the skills of the competitors.” The winners will be announced on August 11th at the Lake Wanaka Centre at the “World Heli Challenge Showcase” film festival. In addition, yesterdays runs will be uploaded to the athletes page of the World Heli Challenge at worldhelichallenge.com
Today’s Event, the Extreme Day of the World Heli Challenge has reportedly finished smoothly, but there is yet to be any info regarding this.
Photo By Tony Harrington