The instructions for the snowboarder figure can be found here. The snowboarder is doing a board grab in the air. He's made out of gum paste and weighs 1.5oz. Doesn't seem like much, until it needs to float above soft layers of cake.
Then, I found a piece of Styrofoam and sliced it down to this size. I wrapped the Styrofoam in plastic wrap so the cake wouldn't be against the Styrofoam and then I hot glued the wrapped Styrofoam to the cardboard base. I even put a small dot of hot glue on the bottom of the cardboard piece to secure to the plate.
Place the cake over the Styrofoam:
Crumb coat the jump:
As long as it is the 2014 Olympics, I thought I'd throw in some Olympic rings.
The birthday boy was pretty thrilled with his cake and said it was exactly how he wanted his cake to turn out. His cakes have all had snow themes.