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Lafferty's TS BS 900

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Just days before the annual Transworld Wakeboarding Wake Awards at Surf Expo, we headed out to Rusty Malinoski's house to watch a few riders attempt tricks for consideration for the Oakley Wakeboarding Move of the Year award. As we walked out onto the dock, our esteemed photographer/videographer, Arun Frances, pulled out his camera and shot this slow-mo video of of the eventual winning entry, Steel Lafferty's toeside backside 900.

Steel beat out the following hammers to take the award:

  • Dean Smith - Hoochie glide backside 360
  • Tom Fooshee - Switch Pete Rose 720
  • Trevor Hansen - Double back roll (wake to wake)
  • Randall Harris - Wrapped indy 360
  • Randall Harris - Half cab front
  • Randall Harris - Heelside mute 900
  • Bob Soven - Indy backside 180
  • Bob Sove - Double front roll 180
  • Nick Jones - Front roll 720
  • Keith Lidberg - Switch boardslide
  • Harley Clifford - Heelside nose grab mobe 720
  • Harley Clifford - Backside 1080
  • Dylan Miller - Gap to back lip hand rail
  • Erik Ruck - Mute double half cab roll
  • Aaron Rathy - Heelside Melan osmosis 720
  • Steel Lafferty - Backside 1080

Steel also picked up the Check Out award, which goes to an up-and-coming rider with a lot of promise.

Other winners on the night were as follows:

  • Best Women’s Rider: Amber Wing
  • Best Wake Park Rider: Tom Fooshee
  • Rail Master: Raphael Derome
  • Photographer of the Year: Joey Meddock
  • Best Video Performance — Wakeboard: Harley Clifford, Slick City
  • Best Video Performance — Wakeskate: Danny Hampson, Washed Up Before We Were Has Beens
  • Best Web Video: ATL Pro Tour Voiceover/Silas Thurman, Parks Bonifay and Kevin Henshaw
  • Best Video: Parks Bonifay Documentary/AVE
  • Best Wakeskater: Reed Hansen
  • The Legend: Greg Nelson
  • Best Wakeboarder: Harley Clifford
  • Oakley Move Of The Year Awards
    • Women: Amber Wing, toeside 900
    • Wakeskate: Andrew Pastura, Backside 360 Kickflip down gap
    • Men: Steel Lafferty, toeside backside 900

Best Women’s Rider

This female ripper kills it in all aspects, including contests, exposure, photos, video sections and progressive riding. Past Winners: ’06 Dallas Friday | ’07 Amber Wing | ’08 Nicola Butler And The Winner Is: Amber Wing

Best Wake Park Rider

The Best Wake Park Rider is a rider who dominated in the last 365 days at full-size cable parks as well as System 2.0 parks, considering contests, videos, magazine coverage, etc. This rider kills it on air tricks as well as rails, transfers, kickers, etc. He is also a great ambassador for this growing segment of our industry. And The Winner Is: Tom Fooshee

Rail Master

The Rail Master is a rider who stands out most on all kinds of rails. This rider shows a good mix of technical and stylish riding, including contests, winch, PWC, cable, System 2.0 and web videos. Past Winners: ‘06 Shane Bonifay | ‘07 Keith Lidberg | ‘08 J.D. Webb | ‘09 J.D. Webb And The Winner Is: Raphael Derome

Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year is someone who captured innovative, creative and inspiring images on a consistent basis all year, including cover shots, editorial exposure, advertisements and catalogs. Past Winners: ’06 Josh Letchworth | ’07 Joey Meddock | ’08 Winner Josh Letchworth | ‘09 Bryan Soderlind And The Winner Is: Joey Meddock

Best Video Performance — Wakeboard

This is awarded to both the rider and producer, with consideration given to both the level of riding and filming/editing. Past Winners: ‘06 Danny Harf, Counterfeit This | ’07 Randall Harris, Transgression | ’08 Danny Harf, Drive | Danny Harf, Out Of The Pond And The Winner Is: Harley Clifford, Slick City

Best Video Performance — Wakeskate

This is awarded to both the rider and producer, with consideration given to both the level of riding and filming/editing. Past Winners: ’07 Aaron Reed, N.A.R.L.A. | ’08 Danny Hampson, Volume Wakeskate Videos | ‘09 Brian Grubb, Out of the Pond And The Winner Is: Danny Hampson, Washed Up Before We Were Has Beens

Best Web Video

This is a new award for 2010. The Best Web video is the voters’ favorite video that has come out on the Internet, considering the quality of filming/editing, riding and entertainment value. And The Winner Is: ATL Pro Tour Voiceover/Silas Thurman, Parks Bonifay and Kevin Henshaw

Best Video

This award is based on the quality of video, editing, creativity and the level of riding it showcases. Past Winners: ‘06 Danny Harf, Counterfeit This | ‘07 Randall Harris, Transgression | ‘08 Danny Harf, Drive | ‘09 Danny Harf, Out of the Pond And The Winner Is: Parks Bonifay Documentary/AVE

Best Wakeskater

The Best Wakeskater is someone who is most dominant, considering all aspects including lip tricks, wake moves, rails, contests, video sections and special events, with proficiency in PWC, boat, winch and cable riding. Past winners: ‘06 Aaron Reed | ‘07 Brian Grubb | ‘08 Nick Tayor | ‘09 Reed Hansen And The Winner Is: Reed Hansen

The Legend

This rider has always pushed the wake industry and consistently contributed in multiple aspects to the betterment of wake and its lifestyle. This person has become synonymous with the sport. Past Winners: ‘04 Scott Byerly | ‘05 Shaun Murray l ‘06 Darin Shapiro | ‘07 Parks Bonifay | ‘08 Zane Schwenk | ‘09 Erik “Gator” Lutgert And The Winner Is: Greg Nelson

Best Wakeboarder

The Best Wakeboarder is someone who rides better than everyone else and excels in every aspect of wakeboarding, from wake moves to rails to double-ups. Consideration should also be made for magazine exposure, cover shots, contest results, video sections and overall commitment to the sport on a daily basis. Past Winners: ‘06 Danny Harf | ‘07 Rusty Malinoski | ‘08 Rusty Malinoski | ‘09 Aaron Rathy And The Winner Is: Harley Clifford

Oakley Move Of The Year Awards

This award is for the single most impressive, sickest, innovative and progressive move pulled all year, with categories for wakeboarding, wakeskating and women.

Womens

And The Winner Is: Amber Wing, toeside 900

Wakeskate

And The Winner Is: Andrew Pastura, Backside 360 Kickflip down gap


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Comments (2)

Commented on 9-11-2010 At 03:36 pm

When did he get so dang good! Always heard of him on the pwt but never knew he was this good, back 10 and toe back 9!!!!???
Commented on 9-16-2010 At 12:26 pm

So pleased to see Dylan Miller having an entry this year!!

Ruck - so cool!

Rathy's osmosis was freakin' awesome- such a good year for this :)
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