Claims, “It was a lot like teaching summer school, but with fewer ups and downs.”

A Minnesota high school teacher has lasted 20 hours on a carnival ride to win the Ride the Tide Challenge at the Mall of America.

Forty-year-old Jim Salava, of Oakdale, was declared the winner at the Nickelodeon Universe theme park when his final opponent stepped down at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Salava was among 10 riders who boarded the Avatar Airbender at 6:30 a.m. Monday. The pool dwindled to three riders just three hours into the competition.

I don’t get this. You really are not 12 hours on a carnival ride if the ride stops. But if the ride does not stop, how to the other people get off? Do they just eject? What kind of ride was this, anyway?

The Avatar Airbender averages 43 mph and reaches heights of 70 feet. Other than bathroom and meal breaks, contestants remained on the ride at all times — even to sleep.

What? They got to go to the bathroom? And eat? Not much of a contest…

(The teacher didn’t really say that, BTW.)



  1. #1 ...tom...
    July 24, 2008

    Details, we want details..!! Pictures..!!

    Too lazy to Google search myself…