Pogopalooza - When Adults Bounce Like Kangaroos!


If you thought kids were the only ones who love pogo sticks, think again. Adults like them too - In fact so much, that Nick Ryan, a junior at Carnegie Mellon University, organizes the Pogopalooza, an annual Pogo stick competition that attracts extreme athletes from the US, Canada, and England.

Its purpose? To entertain, amaze and educate crowds of hundreds, that playing with any toy can evolve into a full-fledged sport.

This year the event took place in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where 50 "Pogo-dudes" demonstrated their skills in different locations across the city, from August 19th to the 21st.

The final showdown came on August 22nd, when the athletes came together to compete for the titles in events like high jump, best trick, best run and least jumps per minute.

After four hours of extreme jumping, flipping, bouncing off walls, trading pogo sticks in the air and many more stunts previously deemed impossible, it all ended with lots of winners and no casualties, in this otherwise injury-prone sport.

Pogopalooza is a fairly new 'extreme' sport that came into being only about ten years ago. Since then, an increasing number of young adults have adopted the sport, taking it to whole new level. Along the way, they have had some help from Pogo stick manufacturers who are constantly coming up with special, high-tech sticks like Vurtegos, Xgos and Flybars.

This year, the 'hottest' Pogo stick to own was the BowGo. Developed at Carnegie Mellon, by robotics professor Ben Brown, the fiberglass stick enabled athletes to bounce as high up as 9-ft, and perform unbelievable acrobatics.

While the one used at the Pogopalooza was meant for experienced athletes only, a Californian toy manufacturer recently acquired the rights to create a smaller and safer version of the BowGo for the rest of us. To read more about the sport and past Pogopalooza events go to www.pogopalooza6.xpogo.com.

sources: pittsburghlive.com,post-gazette.com,encyclopedia.com

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  • mason321
    mason321Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:19 am
    i only bonce 803 times nonstop no hands it was easy but then i had to come in to eat didner
    • MonsterWednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:29 am
      Fast as lightning
      • vgbkjnlkSunday, February 14, 2016 at 8:36 am
        I wish I was there! I have a pogo stick too.
        • Giants plods Friday, August 28, 2015 at 8:38 am
          I want to see my parents do this thing of pogo! LOL!!😀
          • Item feetFriday, August 28, 2015 at 8:37 am
            This is awesome
            • wat upMonday, May 11, 2015 at 11:00 am
              i have a pogo they are fun
              • nikukyu
                nikukyuMonday, November 24, 2014 at 2:20 am
                Okay, I totally wanna see my parents doing that! Insanely funny! LOL
                • happypug12
                  happypug12Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm
                  Me 2! So hilarious!
                  • frankiebaby
                    frankiebabyMonday, November 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm
                    that would be cool seeing my 94 year old grandma do that!
                    • nikukyu
                      nikukyuMonday, November 24, 2014 at 11:41 pm
                      My grandma's 96!
                      • happypug12
                        happypug12Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 8:26 am
                        My Great-grandma is 101 years old.
                        • frankiebaby
                          frankiebabyTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm
                          wow! If they are up to it, ask them to do it
                          • frankiebaby
                            frankiebabyTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm
                            just kidding
                • awesomesquare
                  awesomesquareFriday, November 7, 2014 at 11:44 am
                  lolol i was there for that
                  • dumbhumbugmum45
                    dumbhumbugmum45Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm
                    wow so so so funny!!!AWESOME!!
                    • italyana
                      italyanaWednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm