Portland, Ore. — With snow-covered Mt. Hood peacefully looming in the east, the competition was fierce in nearby Portland as thousands watched the world’s best riders battled it out during the 2008 Tigé Pro-Am Wakeboarding Championships June 20-22.
Staged at Blue Lake Park, this year’s Pro-Am was the most exciting ever with the addition of the “Tigé $10,080 for a 1080” challenge during the men’s finals round of the contest. Tigé offered the lucrative prize for riders who land the elusive 1080 trick, which has never been successfully performed in competition
Riding behind the Tigé 24Ve official towboat, Rusty “Bone Crusher” Malinoski won his third Tigé Pro-Am title after taking the top spot in Pro Men finals. The now three-time Pro-Am wakeboard champion took on Aaron Rathy two-time wakeboard world champ Andrew Adkison and two-time wakeboard World Series champion and TeamTigé member Daniel Watkins, who respectively rounded out the podium, to clinch the win in the finals.