Dealing with injuries comes with the territory of being a wakeboarder, especially a pro rider. It is often the price to pay for progression, as pushing ourselves to learn new tricks can lead to everything from the annoying (sore muscles) to the devastating (a blown knee or broken bone). When it comes to dealing with injury, different pros have different approaches, but this past winter Rusty Malinoski was dealt a blow with effects far beyond the physical. A victim of a vehicular hit-and-run assault, Rusty was left with not just a broken leg, but also a mind full of what-ifs and whys. Seven months later, Rusty is just now getting back on the water and starting to feel like himself, so we sat down to catch up with the legendary Canadian to see how he’s doing.