Derek Kolbaba did something he’s never done before. Check that. The Monster Energy bull rider did two things he’s never done before.
His 94 points on Canadian Mist was a career-high and the win in the 15/15 Bucking Battle was the second consecutive win he earned in front of a network television audience. And what an 8-second ride it was for the Walla Walla, Washington, cowboy.
As the clock made its way to 8 seconds, CBS broadcaster Craig Hummer predicated, “This is going to be big.” And it was. Judges wasted little time in rewarding Kolbaba with 94 points for his effort. “It’s supposed to be big,” replied Justin McBride, a two-time PBR World Champion and Hummer’s broadcast partner. “That was a great ride.”
Kolbaba won the Nampa, Idaho, 15/15 just weeks after doing the same in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was 92 points on Sky Harbor.