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A Swiss guy gets fed up with summer and is itching to ski in August. So he hops a flight to New Zealand. Fortunately for us, he brought his camera along. Photos by Simon Heiniger.

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New Zealand Winter Games

This year’s New Zealand Winter Games, from August 13-23, features four freeski events: slopestyle, half pipe, big air, and skier cross. Keep an eye on athletes like Devin Logan, Jen Hudak, and Jossi Wells at this event, and as they prepare for the 2014 Olympics.

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WME in New Zealand: More Photos

Warren Miller Entertainment videographer Tom Day filmed with athletes Sam Smoothy and Ted Davenport in Queenstown and Wanaka, New Zealand. Here are more photos from their shoot.

Day three became dawn patrol to Hickory Bay on the Banks Peninsula and an afternoon ski off of Mt. Olympus, a closed ski resort that opened for the sake of the adventure. Somewhere in between, Kuzma, Dunbar, Kebbell, and Herbert catch a window for a quick photo-op.

Surf to Summit New Zealand

It took five days, 21 hours of sleep, and a few weather-caused detours for four of New Zealand’s ski and surf personalities to set the benchmark for an epic trip for the world’s powder and barrel lovers. From September 14-18, Kiwis Maria Kuzma, Angus Kebbell, Alex Herbert, and Tom Dunbar skied a different peak and surfed a different break each day while traversing New Zealand from north to south in a pair of camper vans. Here are a few pictures and a recap of the ski/surf/road trip that will have you wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?” By Kevin Luby