With the recent addition of Rusty Malinoski to Hyperlite’s team of pro wakeboarders, the obvious question is, when can we expect a new pro model. Rusty has made inroads for heavier riders by proving that extra strength can make you a better rider in both smooth and rough water alike. Not since Darin Shapiro have we seen such a powerful rider dominate the industry to the degree that Rusty has over the last 18 months. From numerous contest titles to two 1080′s (switch frontside no-less), Rusty is proving to be a well rounded rider that can compete in any conditions. He’s no longer a one dimensional rider that can only win in rough water.
So what should we expect as a pro-model board from one of Team Hyperlite’s leading riders? Who knows for sure, but here’s our list of expected features:
- A design that caters to
heavierstronger, more aggressive riders
- Larger average sizes (expect a 137, 143 and 148 to start)
- Slightly heavier weight to improve energy transfer and durability
- 3-stage rocker for the aggressive pop Rusty is known for
Coming off of such an incredible season of riding, and looking stronger every time he gets behind a boat, it’s only a matter of time before Rusty secures a place in wakeboarding history. His own pro-model in the Hyperlite line for 2008 will only help bolster his popularity.
Just in case you’ve forgotten about Rusty’s riding ability, here’s a clip of his 1080 for your enjoyment: