The World Heli Challenge 2014
The World Heli Challenge has a rich tradition drawing the top skiers and snowboarders from around the globe to be part of a unique helicopter-accessed freeride competition like no other.
2014 saw an exciting shake up for the event and opened up entry to the World Heli Challenge via an online video competition – the World Heli Challenge “Call Up”. A big fat NZ$14,000 cash prize purse ups the ante PLUS NZ$18,000 in prizes from iON Camera, Canon, Syrp and Points North Heli Adventures.
Anyone could enter the “Call Up” and the prize was to win your way into a 9-day World Heli Challenge complete with up to two days of heli-accessed riding, filming and plenty of adventure to keep you frothing – all based around Aoraki Mt Cook and Ohau from 7-15 September 2014.
The winning team of the World Heli Challenge share in NZ$10,000 cash and all competitors score an iON Air Pro 3 camera. The Runner Up Team share in NZ$4000 cash and also receive iON Air Pro 3 cameras.
The World Heli Challenge starts with the “Call Up” and the chance for teams from anywhere in the world to create and submit a video entry.
“Call Up” Teams can be any combination of two skiers/snowboarders, men/women. The “Call Up” goes out to all competent skiers and snowboarders who can handle themselves on challenging terrain.
The World Heli Challenge is about sharing moments, seeking adventure and excitement and embracing the freedom and exhilaration that comes with freeriding in the mountains!
It’s a freeriding dream!
The World Heli Challenge is a 9-day, action-packed, dream alpine adventure including up to 2 days of heli-accessed free riding in which each team will make a 5-minute edit with their filmer to be seen around the world. Each team was assigned a professional action photographer to document their Challenge and create a portfolio for the Canon Shootout.
And if that’s not enough… The winning team shares a cash prize of NZ$10,000! The Runner Up team shares a prize purse of NZ$4000. Further prizes from iON Camera, Canon and Syrp total NZ$12,000 in value!
The athlete judged Best Overall by the World Heli Challenge Judging Panel wins a further week of heli-accessed backcountry riding with Points North Heli Adventures in Alaska valued at NZ$6,000.
This is a big fat alpine adventure with big rewards!
Here is the runners up edit:
Essex Prescott and Dylan Siggers think summer sucks. So they entered the World Heli Challenge “Call Up” and won themselves a winter escape to New Zealand on the hunt for snow, big mountains and big adventures. They found all three. This is their edit.
And the Winning edit!
Jake Koia and Ryan Tiene paired up for the new team format World Heli Challenge and brought Mitchell Ayers into their “Team Mates” crew to film their 9-day alpine adventure. This is their story.
The Guys at World Heli Challenge attached an iON Air Pro 3 to the nose of the helicopter and took a flight to Mt Mary from Glentanner Aerodrome.