Rusty Wins U.S. Pro-Am

Marathon, Florida Keys - Canadian Rusty Malinoski finished off 2005 with one of the biggest victories of his career, taking home the Pro Men's Tige U.S. Pro-Am Championship on Sunday at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Florida Keys. For his efforts this weekend, Malinoski earns $5,000 as the overall winner plus $2,000 for winning four rounds of the Pro Men's skins tournament.

For Malinoski, the win ends the best season of his career which also featured a victory on the Pro Wakeboard Tour and top four finishes at the U.S. National Championships and Pan Am Championships. The win will also place Malinoski in the top five of the KING OF WAKE world cup rankings.

In other action at the Tige Pro-Am, Heather Johnson scored a stunning upset of Dallas Friday in the Pro Women's final. Johnson who competed as an amateur until recently, took home her first pro victory with Friday finishing second and Barrett Perlman in third.

Danny Hampson, the top local performer who makes his home in Tavernier, Florida Keys, took second place in the Pro Wakeskate division finals on Sunday. Brandon Thomas of Orlando, Florida finshed first in the division and Reed Hansen finished in third.

Malinoski took first place in the Pro Men's division because he came out on top of the most heats this weekend, winning four, two on both Saturday and Sunday. His heat victories in the skins format earned him $500 for each heat, or $2,000 total. Parks Bonifay finished second in the event, winning three skins. Andrew Adkison, who entered this event as the defending champion, finished third with two skin victories.

Since this was a Pro-Am, a number of amateur championships were also handed out on Sunday at Sombrero Beach. In the Amateur Women's division Raimi Merritt took home first place. In the Boys division Robert Soven earned the win. Amateur Wakeskate went to Thomas Giesey. The Open division was won by Cory Ziehe. The Junior Men's division went to 2005 U.S. National Champion, Adam Errington.
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TOTAL RESULTS OF PRO MEN SKINS
DECEMBER 4, 2005

1. RUSTY MALINOSKI 477.5
2. PARKS BONIFAY 364.5
3. ANDREW ADKISON 280
4. SHANE BONIFAY 275
5. ERIK RUCK 178.5
6. CHAD SHARPE 168
7. KEITH LYMAN 167.5
8. GLEN FLETCHER 166
9. COREY BRADLEY 164
10. AARON RATHY 153
11. JD WEBB 157.5
12. HUNTER HANSON 154.5
13. NICK WEINACKER 152.5
14. TINO SANTORI 146.5
15. TIM KEEPERS 143
16. ROSS ATHP 85

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2005
PRO MEN SKINS FINALS ROUND #2

HEAT #1
THIRD NICK WEINACKER 82.5
FIRST SHANE BONIFAY 94
SECOND ERIK RUCK 93.5

HEAT #2
FOURTH TIM KEEPERS 73
THIRD COREY BRADLEY 81
FIRST RUSTY MALINOSKI 95
SECOND SHANE BONIFAY 91

HEAT #3
FOURTH GLEN FLETCHER 76
SECOND KEITH LYMAN 87.5
THIRD TINO SANTORI 76.5
FIRST RUSTY MALINOSKI 100

HEAT #4
THIRD AARON RATHY 78
FOURTH JD WEBB 74.5
FIRST PARKS BONIFAY 100
SECOND RUSTY MALINOSKI 87.5

HEAT #5
FOURTH HUNTER HANSON 75
SECOND CHAD SHARPE 92.5
FIRST ANDREW ADKISON 95
THIRD PARKS BONIFAY 77.5

Final RESULTS
Amateur Women
Finals Heat #: 01
1 Merritt, Raimi USA 50.00
2 Dutson, Courtney USA 33.33
3 Merritt, Chloe USA 20.00
4 Chojnacki, Kayla USA 16.67

Women's Professional
Finals Heat #: 01
1 Johnson, Heather USA 36.67
2 Friday, Dallas USA 34.72
3 Perlman, Barrett USA 31.67
4 Wing, Amber AUS 26.67

Boys (10-13)
Finals Heat #: 01
1 Soven, Robert USA 30.00
2 Cohen, Julian 21.67
3 Bank, Josh 6.67

Professional WakeSkate
Finals Heat #: 01
1 Thomas, Brandon USA 73.33
2 Hampson, Danny 65.00
3 Hansen, R. USA 58.33
4 Engen, Jeff USA 36.67

Amateur Wake Skate
Finals Heat #: 01
1 Giesey, Thomas 50.00
2 Jocius, Gavin 40.00
3 Chmel, Bri 30.00

Any Age
Finals Heat #: 01
1 Ziehe, Cory USA 64.00
2 Cotton, Weston 55.89
3 Trask, Jimmy USA 47.22
4 Savich, Justin 30.56
5 Dollar, Elliott 20.56
6 Blodgett, Jack USA 15.00

Junior Men (14-18)
Finals Heat #: 01
1 Errington, Adam USA 60.00
2 Hair, Austin USA 51.67
3 Burnstein, Danny USA 40.00
4 Jones, Nick USA 33.33
5 Brown, Alex USA 26.67
6 Allbright, Ben USA 18.33

anny USA 40.00
4 Jones, Nick USA 33.33
5 Brown, Alex USA 26.67
6 Allbright, Ben USA 18.33