A high school teacher spent 20 hours on the Avatar Airbender at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., to win the Ride the Tide Challenge. Jim Salava, 40, was the last rider among 10 who started the competition.
The challengers boarded the ride at 6:30 a.m. on Monday. Breaks were taken for meals and to use the bathroom, but contestants remained on the ride at all other times. The Airbender averages 43 miles per hour, and it reaches heights of 70 feet.
Salava’s last opponent quit at 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Among Salava’s winnings were a family cruise and $1,000 spending cash.