Readers Poll 2009, Pro Men #5: Aaron Rathy

Aaron Rathy's 2009 Highlights

— Won Best Wakeboarder at WAKEBOARDING magazine's 2009 Wake Awards.

— Won the Oakley Wakeboarding Move of the Year at WAKEBOARDING magazine's 2009 Wake Awards for his wrapped melon backside 1080.

— Landed a heelside backside olé 1080, which was nominated for Oakley Wakeboarding Move of the Year at WAKEBOARDING magazine's 2009 Wake Awards

— Won the 2009 King of Wake season title, finishing on the podium at all but two King of Wake events.

— Won two stops on the 2009 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour as well as 2009 WWA World Wakeboarding Championships.

— Won Most Creative Run at the first Red Bull Wake Lab event in Orlando.

— Was named Most Progressive rider at the second Red Bull Wake Lab event in Tempe, Arizona.

— Won WakeStock

— Finished second in the voting for Best Wakeboarding Video Performance at WAKEBOARDING magazine's 2009 Wake Awards for his part in Global Warning.

Last year's rank: Not ranked

What you said:

There's no way past the fact that Rathy has exploded this year. His free-riding is sick with all the 1080s he has stomped, and his contest riding is more consistent than anyone was willing to give him credit for before now. He is well on the way to being one of the best the sport has ever seen. — Ryan Patzer, High River, Alberta, Canada

Photo: Bill Doster