Aaron Rathy Wins At Wakestock
Collingwood, ON — The final day at Wakestock was highlighted by sunny, hot weather and calm water although an early morning thunderstorm threaten to put a damper on the days festivities. Once the storm cleared, the day kicked into high gear as the worlds best wakeboarders and wakeskaters took to the water of Collingwood Harbour to battle out the final rounds of the WWA World Series for an overall prize purse of $25,000 and the coveted Wakestock belts.
Up next was the Billabong Pro Wakeboard Championship, which saw a 16 man quarterfinal cut down to an 8 man semifinal. Canadians made and strong showing by filling up half of the field with Rusty Malinoski, Aaron Rathy, Olivier Derome and Raphael Derome all advancing.
The 4 man final was comprised of the hottest riders in the world at the moment: Phillip Soven, the WWA World Series overall points leader, Aaron Rathy, the King of Wake overall points leader, Harley Clifford, the PWT overall points leader and Bob Soven, the Jr. Men’s PWT point leader. Buoyed on by the hometown crowd, Aaron Rathy had 2 flawless passes, which included a Heelside Wrapped Back 7 and a Toeside Backside Offaxis 5 to take home the Wakestock title.
“This is unreal; I’m super stoked to win Wakestock,” claims Rathy. “Especially considering how good everyone was riding here. The Wakestock crowd is so big and so close it really makes riding a lot of fun. Rusty [Malinoski] told me that I’m only the third Canadian ever to win along with him and Jeff Heer so it feels good to be in that company.”
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