Photo by Catherine Pattison.
The winners of last year's World Heli Challenge, Wanaka
couple Will Jackways and Abby Lockhart (above), are hoping one
day will be enough to repeat their success following the
cancellation of the second scheduled day.
Organisers yesterday cited increasing avalanche risk in the
steep terrain earmarked for the elite heli-accessed free ride
event held out of Wanaka.
Event manager KJ Randall said it was only the second time the
full two days had not been completed.
Mr Jackways (30) and Ms Lockhart (31) won the men's and
women's events on both days last year and had been looking
forward to backing up solid performances in the freestyle day
last week, Mr Jackways, a professional rider, said.
While they both thought the cancellation was a shame, safety
was paramount and they fully supported the decision.
At Thursday's awards evening, the pair will find out how they
fared, among the 22 skiers and snowboarders from around the
globe, from their freestyle day's judged run at previously
unridden terrain on Mt Turner, in the Wilkin Valley area.
The couple are based in Wanaka until about December when they
head to the northern hemisphere winter, to snowboard for film
and magazine shoots.