UNSTOPPABLE: HELI TOW
A world first at the edge of the Earth. Georgia Miller’s daring helicopter tow-in
Nutri-Grain IronWoman Georgia Miller is no stranger to stepping out of her comfort zone. In 2019 she achieved the elusive Triple Crown, winning her sport’s three most prestigious events: the Coolangatta Gold; the Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series and the Australian title. Not content to rest on her laurels, Miller looked for the next challenge to cap off her breakout year.
“I wanted to take it to the next level, to achieve something that no one’s ever done before” said the fearless IronWoman in announcing her plans for an epic world first stunt; towing in to a giant wave on a paddleboard behind a helicopter.
The determined Miller enlisted the expertise of Ironman Matt Bevilacqua and pro surfer Taj Burrow for the technically challenging feat.
“This idea is insane, I don’t even know if it’s possible” said Burrow, a veteran of the world surf tour and former Pipeline Masters champion.
The crew set off for the pristine wilderness and wild coastline of NZ’s remote Fiordland, maintaining their fitness with snow runs and preparing for the predicted big wave wipe outs with daunting cold water immersion sessions while waiting for the optimal swell conditions.
“We’re so remote here, there’s a lot of things that could go wrong” said a nervous Bevilacqua as the trio constantly checked weather and swell forecasts.
When the day finally arrived the swell didn’t disappoint, with both athletes copping some huge beatings, but emerging triumphant. “You’ve just got to back yourself and believe in your dreams.” said an elated Miller.