Jetski Junkies Host Buoy Day For Club Members


It’s days like this, waking up early to watch the sun crest the East while the lawn is still dewy and mostly shaded, the family is still fast asleep and I get a chance to slip downstairs and peak in the garage at the skis. I am sure I am not the only one but doing so reminds me of all the amazing moments spent on the water with friends and family traveling all over to get our fix.

But sometimes, it’s not about the traveling or the long haul overnight runs that feed our addiction! There is a different type of fire that needs to be extinguished. It’s an urge to go fast, an urge to race, an urge to compete against one in another in a competitive but fun environment – it’s buoy day!


This buoy day now has become a staple of the Jetski Junkies Jet Ski Club courtesy of Derek Bowles who owns all the buoys and Vince Cobelo who is usually coordinating with Derek to setup the next buoy day event. We do this at the minimum of four times a year and typically in the cooler months. Our most recent Buoy Day was on Cinco de Mayo and appropriately named “Cinco De Mayo Buoy Day.”

The event is combined with a pot luck or picnic as well and has been a tremendous success in getting people together to test their riding ability in a whole new way. Not everyone does the buoys but they still have a great time hanging out with friends and family and doing some riding around the lake. It’s a nice change up and it’s one heck of a workout especially if you are lucky enough to ride the VelociBlaster!

The VelociBlaster is a conversion ski taking a Yamaha WaveBlaster and retro fitting it with a GP1200 engine. This was a Club project about three years ago courtesy of Derek Bowles and JJ Members were invited to come to Jet Trendz in New Port Richey, FL to work on the VelociBlaster, along side Brett Wiley, Owner off Jet Trendz. This was a very cool and unique opportunity, again thanks to Derek Bowles.

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Kev Hemingway

A distributor for SBT Inc., founding member of Jetski Junkies (JJUSA) and its lifestyle retail outlet Jet Life, Kev fell in love with the sport at age 8 terrorizing the fresh water lake he grew up on with a Kawasaki 300 stand-up, and over the years has forged a Pro-Rec Rider resume that spans the East Coast from Canada to Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

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