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8/6/2003 0 Comments
Malone wins both the 2003 IJSBA Pro Freestyle National Championship and the 2003 IJSBA Motosurf
Polaris Octane rider, Eric “Cyclone” Malone, recently brought home the 2003 IJSBA Pro Freestyle National Championship and 2003 IJSBA Motosurf National titles, both of which are no small feat for any professional watercraft competitor.
Malone tallied an amazing 111 points over the six rounds of the pro-freestyle championship, claiming first place in each of the final five events. He further defined himself as one of the sports all-time greatest when he performed the first ever aerial double barrel roll in the first round. Malone ran his streak to seven straight wins with two more victories in the Motosurf Wave Challenge on the season’s final weekend at the Oceanside Pier in southern California.
“The Octane’s stability and performance have just been incredible,” says Malone. “I can’t thank Polaris enough for the Octane. The Octane gives me complete confidence in my ability to put on a great show for the fans and helped me bring home not one, but two titles. It’s amazing.”
Another Polaris racer, Victor “The Slasher” Sheldon, had an equally impressive stretch on the Pro-Ski circuit. Sheldon finished a close second in the 2003 Motosurf Pro Ski S/S competition. Sheldon was a model of consistency throughout the season winning the first round and making a trip to the podium each weekend.
“I’m stoked with our results,” said Sheldon after his second podium appearance. “My Polaris Octane was always there for me and its performance and stability in the big surf was phenomenal.”
Dan Schroepfer, product and racing manager for Polaris Watercraft, was ecstatic with the results by Sheldon and Malone and the performance of the Octane.
"Malone and Sheldon have been fantastic this season," says Schroepfer. “Eric really blew the competition out of the water with the Octane. And Victor’s second-place finish in Pro Ski, which had traditionally been dominated by the big factory teams, is a testament to both man and machine.”
NASCAR drivers and fans made a big splash on Sunday, May 20, on Lake Norman in Charlotte, N.C., at the second annual Rusty Wallace "Splash for Kids" Polaris Watercraft charity ride. Rusty Wallace, and fellow Winston cup drivers Kyle Petty and John Andretti, led scores of watercraft and NASCAR enthusiasts on the four-hour watercraft ride. Afterwards, riders topped off the afternoon mingling with Wallace at a barbecue and memorabilia auction.
"It was exciting to cruise Lake Norman on Polaris watercraft and hang out with NASCAR fans again this year," said Wallace. "The turnout was great and we raised a lot of money for Speedway Children’s Charities, a cause that Polaris and I strongly support."
Wallace led the charity ride on his custom-painted, autographed Polaris Genesis i.
"Polaris watercraft offers a great way for these NASCAR drivers to get off the track, to have some fun, and relax," said Ron Bills, watercraft general manager, Polaris Industries. "These guys know about quality and reliability because they race cars for a living. That’s why they ride Polaris watercraft." The participants who raised the most money for Speedway Children’s Charities, through the sale of raffle tickets, won garage and pit passes for the October 7 Winston Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Pit and garage pass winners included Lewis Rogers of Charlotte, N.C., Tim Norkett of Charlotte, N.C. and Roberta Hawkins of Chester, Va.
All auction and ride proceeds generated from the Rusty Wallace "Splash For Kids" ride, raffle and auction benefited Speedway Children’s Charities, a nonprofit foundation that distributes funds to charities providing emotional support, medical and social services to children in need. Information about the complete line of Polaris products is available from authorized Polaris dealers or from the Polaris Industries Inc. home page on the Internet at: polarisindustries.com.
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