The Setup and Timing
When asked what his favorite thing is about hitting double-ups, among Rusty’s answers was: “the timing and the challenge, because you don’t get the exact same double-up every time.” If Rusty Malinoski prepares for the variety in double-ups driven by the world’s best drivers, it is a good idea for you at home to prepare the same way.
A consistent setup is always a good foundation. If your starting points are in the right spot, you are much more likely to connect. Rusty likes to “stay close to the wake as the boat comes out of the final turn and aims for the rollers. Then edge out and drift just like you would for a wake trick.”
While this sounds simple, the rhythm of the setup for a wake trick is much smoother when the rider avoids hanging out on the outside for too long. With a double-up, it is equally important to swing out early enough to be ready to cut in, but not so early that the pendulum action of the arc is sacrificed.
“I like to drift in by coasting and rolling over the first and second rollers. Then I get on the edge to get into the third roller like a rhythm section in motocross. Get on the gas when you are on the downside and stay light over the peaks.”