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Spanish fireman wins dream Alaska ski job
Sunday February 21, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

Iñigo Ruiz de Gauna Merino won a worldwide competition in the quest to find Freeride pro-skier Matilda Rapaport a skivvy ski-carrier.

The competition started back in December with Matilda's humourous yet plaintive video asked applicants to submit a video application for the #RadicalJob.

The competition was organized by Peak Performance, Swedish clothing manufacturer, who sponsor Matilda and the Freeride World Tour.

The winner was set to get the chance to fly to Alaska for a week for the March leg of the FWT in Alaska in order to carry Matilda Rapaport's skis.

Applicants had to post their short video on Instagram using the hashtag #RadicalJob.

The competition attracted a lot of attention.

Over a thousand entered the competition and after some deliberation Matilda Rapaport and the Peak Performance team selected 30 year old Iñigo Ruiz de Gauna Merino a fireman from Bilbao, Spain.

Here at PlanetSKI we think that sitting on the judging panel must have been highly entertaining.

One of the judges comented, "Looking at the application from Iñigo Ruiz de Gauna Merino still makes us laugh even though we have seen it around a hundred times. He has put a lot of work into the details, something Matilda will appreciate in a critical situation. In life skiing is Iñigos biggest passion and he has been on snow since he was three. His profession today is as a firefighter, but he also works as a ski instructor for the Winter Sports Federation of Biscay. All in all we are very confident that Iñigo will do a great job!"

We have watched the winning video dozens of times and it makes us smile too.


Matilta Rapaport called Iñigo Ruiz de Gauna Merino in person on her way to Canada which evoked this whoop of excitement;

"YIHAAAAAAAA! I´m really excited...Now that I have been confirmed as the choice for the Radical Job I must confess that I've hardly slept during the past days since I knew I was one of the five remaining applicants. I still can't believe I have gotten the job and that I´ll be in Alaska with a friend skiing with Matilda next month. So shocked...Thank you!!"

Iñigo Ruiz de Gauna Merino can now look forward to a week in Alaska 15th to 23rd March and hopefully some great skiing and adventures to remember for the rest of his life.

The next leg of the Freeride World Tour will be in Fieberbrunn on 6th to 11th March.

The penultimate leg will be in Haines Alaska on 17th to 25th March.

The final of the Freeride World Tour takes place in Verbier from 2nd to 10th April.

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