Rusty Malinoski must be getting dizzy. As of today, he's the first wakeboarder to ever land a 1080 twice. That's a total of 2,160 degrees of spin for all you math majors. Rusty pulled it off less than two months after he shocked the wakeboarding world with his first 1080. To put it in perspective, Parks landed his first 1080 in 1999 and has yet to repeat the feat. The only other rider with a 1080 on record is Danny Harf, who stuck his just weeks before Rusty's first and he hasn't repeated the trick either.
"It was like somebody picked me up, spun me around and gently set me back down," exclaimed Malinoski. "The landing was just like I was doing a blind 180. It just felt effortless!"
I can't imagine the amount of testosterone and competitive tension that must be coursing through the house Rusty shares with Harf. The two of them recently moved in together and have been pushing each other ever since. Apparently, it's a formula that works considering they're both coming off the biggest years in their respective careers and they're both treating the 1080 like it "ain't no thang."
Although the MasterCraft X-Star has laid claim to pulling the last three 1080's, this time around Chad Sharpe proved that his Malibu Wakesetter VLX could throw a respectable double up of its own. Chad was joined in the boat by Brian Grubb as they pulled Rusty across Florida's Lake Hiawassee, Rusty and Danny's home lake.
"I'm pretty stoked on it," said Malinoski. "It feels just as good as the first one!"
Unfortunately, there was no video camera present for this momentous occasion, but Shawn Watson was chasing the action in his boat with photographer Kris Burke on board. Kris was able to capture a sequence of the move. Hopefully, we'll be able to bring it to you right here on WakeWorld.
Rusty again hit the double up switch toeside, just like his first and just like the original 1080 thrown by Parks Bonifay back in 1999. Danny's 1080 was thrown switch heelside.