A couple of years ago at Mike Hayes and Marcus Brown's request I designed a buoy that didn't hurt me if I hit it. We ran them in my lake but the longevity was poor and when they got torn up I replaced them with conventional buoys. Mike and Marcus are now healthy and buoy specs changed to allow a bit safer placement so the buoy redesign got shelved. But I just hit a buoy wrong today and got a minor (I hope) ankle tweak. Perhaps it is time to continue the evolution of a safer buoy - especially when the current buoys are injuring our rising stars (Kurt Hinz just got a major ankle injury from a buoy hit). I'll at least bring a prototype to Nationals just to stir the pot a bit.