Rusty Malinoski Becomes 2006 WWA Wakeboard World Series Champion
October 02, 2006
The points were close between the WWA Wakeboard World Series competitors going into the No Fear WWA Wakeboarding World Championships. Rusty Malinoski and Daniel Watkins were tied with 275 points in first place and the other riders were close in following. The No Fear WWA Wakeboarding World Championships was the determining factor of who would take home their share of the $20,000 USD purse.
Fear Rusty's Points
The No Fear WWA Wakeboarding World Championships had a stacked final heat with Tino Santori, Rusty Malinoski, Shaun Murray, Andrew Adkison and Danny Harf. The water was pretty rough and Danny Harf broke his board in the middle of his run and the other riders were falling on tricks they usually land consistently. In the WWA Wakeboard World Series point system, there could’ve been a possible tie between Rusty Malinoski and Andrew Adkison if Rusty took 5th and Andrew got 1st. Andrew had a stand-up run, barely beating Rusty, but Rusty still pulled ahead in points. Andrew won the No Fear WWA Wakeboarding World Championships, but Rusty got second place and had more consistent podium standings at the other World Series stops. Daniel’s absence gave Rusty more of a chance to take the win and in the final WWA Wakeboard World Series point standings Rusty edged ahead of Andrew by 15 points, awarding Rusty the WWA Wakeboard World Series Champion title.
The final point standings go as follows: Rusty Malinoski in first place with 370 points, Andrew Adkison in second place with 355 points and Daniel Watkins in third place with 275 points.
The WWA Wakeboard World Series had four stops this year including the Nissan J-Round in Tokyo, Japan July 21-23rd, Wakestock in Toronto, Canada Aug. 14-18th, Boardstock in Clear Lake, California Aug. 19-21st, and the No Fear WWA Wakeboarding World Championships in Ft. Worth, Texas Sep. 21-24th and the largest total prize money of any global wakeboard series.
At the first WWA Wakeboard World Series stop in Tokyo, Japan, Daniel Watkins won with Andrew taking second and Rusty in fourth. At Wakestock in Toronto, Canada, Rusty took second place with Daniel in fourth, and unfortunately Andrew received a low placement. At Boardstock, Rusty had yet another second place finishing and Andrew won. Even though Andrew won the No Fear WWA Wakeboarding World Championships, the points still weren’t high enough to beat out Rusty.
It’s been an exciting year in the WWA Wakeboard World Series and the points have been really close throughout the season. The WWA is the only association that gives the largest payout of an international series, amounting in over $100,000. Congratulations to Rusty Malinoski for taking home an additional $10,000 for being the 2006 WWA Wakeboard World Series Champion!