Wally skier buoys

LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,771 Crazy Baller
Here's a couple of Wally skiers buoys. The one on the left was in a building all its life and the one on the right was a turn buoy for 6 months. Before you say "but not in the blazing FL sun", from mid May thru mid Sept we get more daylight hours than FL. Anyway the comparison is for your evaluation. The only drawback is the attachment loop. It's common with the buoy's air chamber. Get a nick at the connection point and you get a leak. And they're soft and kinda fragile in this area. We lost 2 to this malady. I'm not sure it was a nick, maybe just weak in this area. Looks more like a crack from flex rather than a nick or cut.
Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge


  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,463 Mega Baller
    We've used ours for two years and they look great. Excellent value and a quality product.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,771 Crazy Baller
    Another photo. Different angle, not in the sun. Good color retention. You can see some evidence of ski "run overs"
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,795 Mega Baller
    Thanks @LeonL. I put ours out a month or two ago, and was thinking about painting them with flexabar buoy paint, to preserve them. That appears to be fairly unnecessary. Though, my course stays in all year
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,422 Mega Baller
    Two Ohio summers and will use ours again next year. We keep them under inflated so they are a little wrinkly. I ran over one in the sun glare this year and kept on going.
  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 366 Crazy Baller
    @LeonL yes they are great buoys. You may want to use less air in them. We have found that they need no more than 2 or 3 pumps and believe they are very safe. With less air, sometimes we need to squeeze the dimple out, you hit them with a ski and it is much less impactful.
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,771 Crazy Baller
    If you'll note the second photo there are several ski marks, so it's apparent that it has been run over several times. No one hurt.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,172 Mega Baller
    Absolutely love our WallyBuoys. Best money ever spent. Just removed ours for the season. Next year will be season three on them.
  • lcarneslcarnes Posts: 123 Solid Baller
    We absolutely love our Wally buoys. Unfortunately, the jelly blobs love them too! By the way, that buoy is at least a couple of years old and has been in the course the whole time.

  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,292 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I don’t know how y’all get such life out of a buoy. We get 3 months tops and ski 12 months year.
  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 198 Crazy Baller
    We are starting our fourth year with same the Wally buoys in the course. They are still a bright color. I avoid hitting a ski buoy at all costs but I have hit these hard on rare occasions with no injury. We run as little air pressure as possible and they work great. Most of the guys in our club do not want to pay the $17 dollars a buoy. So one other member and I supply them due to we have the worst ankles and these buoys are (in my opinion) one of the safest you can use if they are aired up correctly. The cost has not been an issue due to the buoys last so long. I highly recommend them.
  • NandoNando Posts: 601 Crazy Baller
    Um, @lcarnes, just for an ignorant guy up on the frozen tundra, what the hell are those jelly blobs???
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  • santangelosantangelo Posts: 192 Solid Baller
    Yeah, they are good. We bought about 160 of them. Well worth the money.
  • lcarneslcarnes Posts: 123 Solid Baller
    @Nando Here's what www.asknaturalist.com says: Freshwater bryozoans are tiny colonial animals that can form jelly-like masses, which are often found attached to sticks or docks. Bryozoan colonies can be as much as a foot (30 cm) in diameter.
  • jerrymjerrym Posts: 98 Baller
    Our club has used the wally buoys for a number of years with good success. We change them out once a year as they fade a bit, but we can spread the cost over the club membership. No ankle injuries to report. We get some moldies on the underwater portion of the ball but fortunately we do not have jelly blobs!
  • PhilPhil Posts: 74 Baller
    I was going to order a new set of turn bouys for our October event this year but before i did i took a new spare one out to the course and compared it to the existing bouys which are now 2 years old and the old ones were still holding great color so i didn't change them . They are great and would recommend them to any one and his service is excellent also .
    Phil Hughes Champions Lake Clermont FL.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,956 Mega Baller
    Great buoys! Put ours in the water spring of 2016. Being in south Bama, they stay in all year. Still look great. And, like others we underinflate so they are very wrinkled underwater.
  • jayskijayski Posts: 1,171 Mega Baller
    @scotchipman the "non soft" I use for gate buoys and they can take a beating, I WOULD NOT use them for turn buoys, much too firm for my liking. Compared to Polyform I would say they are stiffer
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,463 Mega Baller
    @scotchipman, why do you think you need the hard buoys? We have had our Wally buoys at one site for 4 years with 20 very active members (350 - 400 boat hours per year), all levels of skiers, several tournaments each season, and occasional collegiate practice days. We have not needed anything other than the soft buoys. I think they are the same price, so I’m not sure of the driving factor for the hard buoys.

    I just convinced my other site to buy them and we will be installing them soon.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • DWDW Posts: 2,516 Mega Baller
    Personally would prefer a soft at least for RH gate. I just helped a ski buddy put in a set at his lake, man the yellow boat guides are nice and bright, should be great for those dusk runs. Turns are nice and visible. Everything sure seems durable.
  • 2Valve2Valve Posts: 476 Crazy Baller
    we've had ours in for two years. Springtime last year, we raised it and everything was fine except a slight cast of mold on the buoys. Some Scotchbrite and a little elbow grease is all it took. We''ll raise 'er up this weekend, expecting the same minimal routine. We love ours. Lots more course time. Only about 10min. to raise, 10 min. to lower. And in between, open a beer and review your faceplants on the camera. :)
  • jayskijayski Posts: 1,171 Mega Baller
    @scotchipman Yes I would keep them as gates, they have multiple fin marks across them and no one has ate it because of their 'firmer' structure. 1 year, 18 rounds of tournaments they all still look like new
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,823 Mega Baller
    Do you guys put some water in the soft turn bouys too or just underinflate?
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • jayskijayski Posts: 1,171 Mega Baller
    @Andre they have almost no air in them, you put air in them till they are round, reinsert inflation needle alone and let all air escape on it's own then give the buoy a couple little squeezes and it's ready to go! The water compresses the bottom half of the buoy to create a 'dome' once in the lake so when you strike it there is little resistance to the skier
  • DaveLemonsDaveLemons Posts: 26 Baller
    @Andre I have a portable course and it does take water to get them to float at the right level. I wouldn’t think it would be necessary on a permanent course
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,956 Mega Baller
    edited May 2019
    Recommend you NOT put water in your Wally turn buoys.
    For a floating course, it is much better and safer to hang a 3 pound weight at the end of the arms for each turn ball. And, slightly underinflate them. They will float half submerged, and when hit by a ski the air will displace into the submerged half.
    If you speak with Wally, he will tell you the same.
    Most people will first fully inflate Wally buoys (not stretch) to remove the fold marks and give them the spherical shape. Then let some air out before using them.
  • alex38alex38 Posts: 541 Baller
    Plus one on “end weight and deflate” get em slightly below the halfway point and you can defy death when you go right at it.
  • TELTEL Posts: 444 Crazy Baller
    I am ready to buy some yellow heavy duty round wally buoy boat guides. For the people that leave them in all year, how long do they last and hold their color. Living in Orlando the sun is brutal.
  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 678 Crazy Baller
    Has anyone tried the Orange vs. Red? Looking for which one is better to see. Also will the orange last as long as the red?
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