One of the tough lessons of Pogopalooza 6, held last week, is that as fun as it might sound, it's not easy to be a competitive pogo-stick athlete.
Let's start with the price: A basic Flybar 800, the most popular pogo-stick model, costs about $200. Safety-minded enthusiasts can also invest in a helmet (most pogoers do), and kneepads (most don't). You also need: time and a public place to practice; a perfect sense of balance; and a lithe, 120-lb. body -- which is why most of the Pogopalooza contenders were teen-age boys. Read full article