Once abandoned super-pogo bounces back

Jan. 24, 2007 at 2:21 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A super pogo stick powered by compressed air that was once given up on is bounding into the record books for a Los Angeles-area father and son team.

About five years ago, Brian Spencer approached his father, a retired aerospace pioneer, about building such a device, and the Vurtego pogo stick was born from a garage project, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Spencer tried marketing the handmade sticks at an extreme-sports event outside the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City but found people weren't willing to pay $300 for the stick.

Then in 2004, another $300 high-hopping stick -- the Flybar -- hit the market, powered by giant rubber bands.

Intrigued, the Spencers told the Times they dusted off their inventory, and since reintroducing it a year ago, have sold 5,000 Vurtego sticks. Having a world record for the highest pogo stick hop of 6 feet has helped with marketing at such retailers as costco.com, the report said.

"We don't know where it's going," Spencer told the Times.

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