I didn't really kick mine to begin with, but I received it as a generous gift and was excited to put it on (just another option on the boat). If some rollers come your way while you're trying to put the ski on and it happens to be sitting on the platform, it can't hurt.
I don't think the plastic would last so long. Plus, you hit it hard enough, who's it protecting the gel coat.
Previous: 1993 Prostar 205
Red 1998 Ski Nautique, PCM GT40, 310 hp, , Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG/Zbox.
Be kind. Have fun.