How-To: Boot it out off Double-Ups with Rusty Malinoski!
Words: Ben Greenwood
Photos: Joey Meddock and Shaun Murray
Wakeboarding can be a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To some, wakeboarding is heading to the cable park, and to others it is enjoying glassy days on the river. To Rusty Malinoski, wakeboarding is more about double-ups than it is for anyone else in the world. Much like everything worth achieving, double-up proficiency takes hard work, repetition, commitment and some guts. Lucky for you we tracked down a rider who is brimming with all of those attributes to tell us how he attacks this skill.
A quick conservative estimate of just how many double-ups Rusty has hit in his life leads to an astonishing number. We guessed that he hits about three double-ups per set that he takes. Some sets he might not hit one, but he has been known to take double-up-only sets, with 20 to 30 cracked off within a 45-minute session. Although he can handle four or five sets per day when in season, we settled on 400 sets per year to account for travel days and the rare downtime. Again, that is a conservative estimate. Being that Rusty has been on this tear for eight years straight since his move to Florida, that number totals to just shy of 10,000 double-ups. Let that soak in for a second, then read on to see how the double-up master himself approaches one of wakeboarding’s most exciting challenges.