Wanaka snowboarder Will Jackways successfully defend his
title. They were photographed riding at Mt Turner in the
Wilkin Valley, near Makarora. Photos supplied.
Lakes district skiers and snowboarders scooped five top
spots in the 2013 World Heli Challenge awards.
Wanaka couple Will Jackways and Abby Lockhart both
convincingly defended their titles this year, taking the top
spots on the podium for snowboarding, at last week's
Sam Smoothy, from Wanaka, reclaimed his 2011 title with first
place in the skiing section following his third placing last
Queenstown's Taylor Rapley, a former alpine ski racer, gained
her first free ride podium, winning the women's ski title.
Fellow New Zealander Briar Peters took second place.
Head snowboard judge Mike Hygemann said Mr Jackways' overall
performance allowed him to finish ahead of Finnish
snowboarder Antti Autti by
Abby Lockhart successfully defending their title.
just a fraction in points.
''What won it for Will J was his faultless execution, big
airs and smooth flow. Antti had speed and strong elements but
Will J pipped him on the day.''
All the judges agreed the trick of the day was a huge Cab 5
landed solidly by Jackways.
Third-time women's snowboard winner Lockhart came out
strongly against her fellow competitors with runs peppered
with tricks, including Cab 180s and front 360s.
The new Shane McConkey Award to reward passion and
progression in free riding was presented to Wanaka's Fraser
McDougall and Canada's Jessy Brown. Head ski judge Geoff
Small said McDougall was the ''biggest charger on the day''.
McDougall and Brown win a week at Points North Heli
Adventures in Cordova, Alaska, where they will experience big
mountains and terrain.