Eric Malone burst onto the International IJSBA and personal watercraft World Freestyle Competition in 1995 by clinching the Freestyle World Championship in the IJSBA Amateur Division. This impressive #1 rank began the Cyclone legacy in which Eric dedicated his creative and athletic abilities towards the creation of new technical tricks, equipment designs and modifications that led to his domination in the 'Professional PWC Freestyle' category.
His story begins earlier than this. Eric was originally a very competitive stand-up watercraft racer. His talent was divided between competing in the stand-up watercraft racing division and the high profile, high energy Freestyle Program. With his early success, the demands of an entertaining and competitive routine for the Freestyle PWC division became evident. Soon Eric focused full-time on investing the necessary dedication required towards maintaining his position as the 'world's best' Freestyle rider!
Eric has pioneered the trademark 'NO HANDER' barrel roll, patented 'CYCLONE' and 'SINUS SOAKER,' and many other innovative tricks that have become the staple of freestyle PWC routines all over the world. These dynamic tricks have allowed a new generation of followers to perfect and advance their skill level. These routines can be viewed on ESPN, local televised affiliates and video entertainment releases--such as Eric's own freestyle PWC production: 'On Edge.'
Eric's older sister, Meredith was also an accomplished regional IJSBA Champion as well. Their parents, Gene and Bonnie Malone supported their children's PWC competitive history through early sponsorship with their Keystone Yamaha dealership located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The Malone family is a classical success story, with exceptional support, not only of their own team members but the personal watercraft racing community at large which they support enthusiastically. Eric's parents are often seen at National and World PWC tour events cheering on the competitors and giving these events total commitment, bringing a very positive element to the venues.