The EZ-Slalom Compact Portable Slalom Course
The FUTURE of the Portable Slalom Course!
The Need For Compactness
As ski boats and their interiors have continued
to evolve, with more and more of their interior space being dedicated
to creature comforts and storage (i.e. larger, wraparound style
observer seating and a separate gear storage trunk in the rear of
the boat) it has become abundantly clear to us that with regards
to the issue of portability, the basic design of the portable slalom
course would also have to evolve. In the "Good OId Days"
(fifteen or more years ago) before trunks and wraparound observer
seating appeared you could still squeeze a bundle of eight-foot
long, Old-School design buoy arms into your boat's floor (barely).
That was the Good Old Days.
With today's boats having less floor space these longer buoy arms are more difficult that ever to get into your boat and out to your chosen skiing site without having them sticking up and out the back of your boat and laying on your rear upholstery or gel-coated surfaces. And with more and more mid-sized tow vehicles in use (Ford Explorer and F-150 Super Crew, Dodge Durango, Chevy Trail Blazer etc) it's even more difficult to haul these too long buoy arms to the lake to begin with!
That is where the initial idea for the design of the EZ-SLALOM
COMPACT portable slalom course began. Being regular and
frequent portable slalom course users ourselves we thought that
if we wanted a more compact, more easily portable
course design for ourselves then perhaps the water-skiing public
would also be receptive to the idea. We were right! This letter
from a customer in California is just one of the many we've gotten
from our customers illustrating why the EZ-SLALOM COMPACT course
design has become the preferred portable course design of serious
skiers the world over.
"Last Sunday we set up our brand new Ez-Slalom
compact course on a public lake in Northern California. Between
the three of us, we have set up every type of portable and permanent
slalom course many times over. I must admit, after setting up and
taking down your course this weekend I cannot say enough about the
high quality and well-thought out functionality of this design.
You have obviously spent years on the water with prototypes to end
up with such a gem.
The things that I love about this course are as follows: 1. It actually lies flat on the floor of our boats! I did not think I would appreciate this fact as much as I do. Well worth the small extra cost. 2. The spring clips and holes are drilled along the lines of text on each pipe to facilitate finding the hole during assembly. Beautiful touch. 3. Your crimped rope junctions are very cleanly done and extremely durable. 4. Weights on the mainline between boat gates keep the floating rope out of the prop during setup and tear-down. 5. Fishing clips for the buoys! Duh! Elegant solution and extremely functional. 6. Drain holes for air to escape during installation makes for very fast set up. These are attributes that a first-time course owner may not appreciate, but those of us who have spent hours battling with mainlines and PVC after a long day on the lake sing your praise.
First time install was straight and tight in less than 30 minutes! Oh,
and by the way, we purchased the anchors your recommended with
your course, and were very pleased. No more heavy buckets of concrete
or sharp anchors to rip up the interior. I wouldn't want to put
any more weight on the anchor line because it is so hard to pull
up the thin mainline when you are in deep water (and your hands
are shot from skiing). Good suggestion! If you are ever in the
San Francisco or Northern California area and would like a pull,
please call on me."
Regards- G.S., California
Compact Course Design Specifics
The EZ-SLALOM COMPACT design utilizes a unique
seven piece telescoping and interlocking buoy
arm. By building this arm design in seven sections
rather than six long sections, each stored section is significantly
shorter. How much shorter? The Old Standard buoy arm sections
our competition still builds, when stored are 96" long. That's
8 feet long folks! The arm sections for the EZ-SLALOM
COMPACT are only 79" long! Shorter
than the Old School design by a full 17 inches! A significant space
saving! If you have one of the more compact inboard boats (i.e.
Malibu Sportster, Nautique 196 etc) or a newer boat with a trunk
in the rear and/or a slanted or wrap around observers seat (both
of which reduce useable floor space), you won't be able to get the
Old Standard 8 foot long buoy arms into the floor of those boats.
The EZ-SLALOM COMPACT will fit into most
boats easily allowing you to transport your course in the floor
of your boat (or in the back of your mid-sized tow vehicle) without
having it laying up on the rear seat or trunk and possibly damaging
Secondly, we were able to design the COMPACT's
boat lane sections (the part of the arm that attaches to the mainline
- see the arm diagram above) to be significantly tougher than
the Old School design boat lane sections, making
this the toughest built portable slalom course yet!
How Did We Do That and Why Is That Important?
Here's how we did it. We utilized heavier
Schedule 40 pipe in the design of the boat lane
sections of each buoy arm, significantly stronger and much more
bullet proof pipe than that which is used by our competition in
their old school buoy arm design.
Why is that important? The boat lane section is
the piece of each buoy arm that is attached to the mainline and
takes the stress while the mainline is under tension. Along with
the end gates, the boat lane's arm section is under constant stress
while the course is in use. If it fails you've got problems! That
is why we built the boat lanes in the COMPACT from heavier Schedule
40 pipe. A much more fail safe
and significantly tougher design than our competition's
courses. And far more compact too! Innovative,
forward thinking which creates a NEW STANDARD in
portable slalom course engineering and design!
We may not have invented the telescoping buoy arm. But
we've definitely PERFECTED it!
As stated elsewhere the EZ-SLALOM COMPACT
portable is the Best Built, Best Engineered, and Best Value in a
portable slalom course available today. We've moved beyond the old
standard to create a new HIGHER STANDARD based on our thorough research
and extensive testing of every possible aspect of what TODAY's
topnotch portable slalom course should be. Our innovative new
EZ-SLALOM COMPACT course design provides even more proof
that EZ-Slalom is setting the pace in portable
slalom course design! Cutting edge, forward thinking from the EZ-Slalom
Course Systems design team.
Starting at only $879* the EZ-SLALOM
COMPACT sets new standards for toughness
and compactness, and gives you significantly more bang-for-the-buck
than our competition's Old School course designs.
* See our Price List page for complete pricing details.
To complete your EZ-SLALOM portable
course there are several different options that can be added to
even further enhance its function. Options such as the addition
of 55-meter pre-gates, a Novice course option, and much more. CLICK
HERE to go to our Options page for more information on the numerous
add-ons and enhancements available from EZ-SLALOM.
Best Built! Best Engineered! Best Value!
That's why EZ-SLALOM is
The Standard in Portable Water Sports Courses!
EZ-Slalom is the OFFICIAL SLALOM COURSE of the INT LEAGUE
and OFFICIAL NATIONAL SPONSOR!
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