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Fernie chef stands out in the cold for over 13 hours to win snowboard

One lucky snowboarder will be riding on opening day at Fernie Alpine Resort on Saturday on a brand new Never Summer snowboard after winning the Board Stiff ‘Last One Standing’ competition last week.

Harley Flood stood out in the cold for 13-and-a-half hours with his hand on the snowboard in order to win the prize.

The Fernie man, who works as a chef at Loaf bakery/restaurant began at noon on Saturday, and also took part in elimination challenges in order to win the snowboard.

Board Stiff run the competition to win a snowboard every year but the elimination challenges were a new addition this year.

“Last year the contestants were standing out in the cold until 8 a.m. the following day, so this year we wanted to speed things up,” said Board Stiff owner Geof Hare.

“We had contestants doing puzzles, and the winner would score extra time and the loser would be eliminated. We also bribed contestants. One accepted a bribe of a Yamagoya gift certificate. He decided after six hours that was a good offer. He was hungry, and took his girlfriend out for a sushi dinner!

“Negotiations over prizes got quite intense towards the end, but nobody went home empty handed.”

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