Rusty Malinoski Lands 2nd Place Finish at Portland and Overall for 2007
July 25, 2007
Rusty Malinoski wound up an incredible campaign on the final stop of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, finishing up in second place in Portland and snatching the second seed overall for the MasterCraft PWT. Without a doubt, this has been Rusty’s strongest year in and out of competition and this recent second place finish validates his endurance, consistency and a drive to win.
The crowds and the sunshine turned out in Portland, OR, to watch one of the closest battles ever played out in the final event of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, with Soven and Malinoski neck and neck for points all the way to the end.
Malinoski had the eventual winner, Phillip Soven beaten as far as wake to wake and rail tricks during their finals match up. But Rusty wanted to claim the title with as much pride and honor as possible, attempting a 1080 off the double up – a trick that only he has tamed with multiple successes. However, the 1080 has never been landed in a competition and the 1080 kept that streak alive in Portland as Rusty came up empty.
Andrew Adkison returned to the water, after missing competition in Kelowna, due to an injury sustained during training. Armed with a specially designed mouth guard to keep his newly acquired dentures in, Andrew looked pretty confident on his run and despite a couple of falls, he never once looked like the crashes affected his jaw line. Andrew rounded out his pro tour season in 16th position.
Derek Grassman finished what would have to be one of his best years ever. Riding bigger, better and more consistent than ever, his tactics paid off as he rounded out the exclusive top 15. His result means he will not have to qualify next season. Instead he is a protected rider guaranteed a spot into the 2008 Pro Tour Championship.
Shane Bonifay lead the charge off the water, on the mic, and in the party scene, but that didn’t stop him from stomping his run. Unfortunately Master Craft teammate, Rusty Malinoski put him out of the competition, during the round of 16. Away from competition Bonifay had an incredible week, landing the first ever toe side, back side 720. This trick is considered so difficult it is almost in the same league as landing a 1080.