Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nathan Fa'avae awarded the Grand Prize in the inaugural Book Competition at NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival

Potton & Burton are delighted to report that Nathan Fa'avae has been awarded the Grand Prize in the inaugural Book Competition at the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival for his book Nathan Fa'avae Adventurer at Heart.

The judges commented ‘This is wonderful tale and a must-read for all New Zealanders.’

The 14th annual NZ Mountain Film Festival got off to a roaring start in Wanaka over the weekend. Excited crowds packed the Lake Wanaka Centre and Rippon Hall for five days to view a world-class collection of adventure films and speakers. The audience numbers have been the largest ever seen by the Trust despite there has been a significant increase in the amount of shows and speakers on offer.

The Book and literature events kick in on Saturday July 9 with Words and Wine - A Mountain Reading. The audience will enjoy a complimentary drink, with full-bodied tales and hints of adventure and danger, humour and humility.

For more information on NZ Mountain Film Festival go to

 Nathan Fa’avae Adventurer at Heart  
It takes a Tour de France cyclist about 90 hours of cycling, spread over three weeks with rest days, to win the race. To win an adventure race can take up to 160 hours of non-stop racing over six days, with virtually no sleep or rest. To excel at this sport requires an elite level of skill in mountain running, cycling, biking, kayaking, rafting and navigation but, above all, an almost superhuman capacity to endure suffering and pain.

In this book, world champion adventure racer Nathan Fa’avae, considered by many to be the best in the history of the sport, shares his life story, and provides a unique insight into this remarkable pursuit.

Part-Samoan, Nathan was raised in Nelson, and it was as a wayward adolescent that he discovered outdoor adventure. Since then he has never looked back, and has been a full-time adventurer working as an outdoor educator, the owner of multiple adventure-based businesses, and a professional athlete.

His career has taken him all over the world, and he has raced in the deserts of Africa, Mexico and the Emirates, the plains of Tibet and China, and the peaks and valleys of Nepal, Ecuador, Brazil, Patagonia, Russia, the European Alps, and New Zealand. Nathan Fa’avae: Adventurer at Heart is a story of courage and perseverance, and of overcoming tremendous challenges. Nathan’s career as an adventure racer has been made even harder by atrial fibrillation, a heart condition which has threatened many times to stop his sporting endeavours. Nathan Fa’avae is a remarkable New Zealander, and this book is a moving and inspiring account of what it takes to become a world champion.

Released October 2015
RRP $39.99

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