A Brief (& Late) Update

Michael Mena, Pogopalooza 2023 – Shot by Sean O’Malley

A lot has been going on in the pogo world lately, but most of it behind the scenes, and unfortunately some of it may not be good. With that said, we will sail on as always. I just wanted to give a quick update, since there has been a lot of talk and questions being asked to us here at AllPogo, to Vurtego, and to the community channels. I owe everyone a much longer update, and that will come, but life has been busy lately, I’m sure you all know how that goes.

Yes, as noted in our last article, the future of Tech Pogoing is in OUR hands alone here at AllPogo. We are continuing prototyping, testing, and building our REAPER tech stick. More info coming later, but signs are pointing good. As Earl puts it, “This thing is the first ever pogo stick in history designed and built entirely by pogoers purely for the love of the sport.”

Yes, Vurtego is currently going through some parts shortages, and that may potentially last for a little while. Large shafts, for instance, are out of stock. Who knows how this will work. Let’s just say for now, that if you need anything specific, MESSAGE ME – Ryan O’Malley, and we’ll see what we can work out. As of right now, I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to talk about, but Vurtego itself might experience some changes as well. Again, we’ll sail on.

Yes, Vurtego Social Media is still under my management, kinda. That’s another one of those changes for Vurtego that I mentioned above. As far as social media management goes, I am kind of in limbo as far as that goes. I am currently still logged in to the Instagram account, and plan to still post Vurtego related content, but I was told by Ian that I was allowed to log off after not being paid and being asked WAY too much for those terms. Honestly, Flybar sucks, but Vurtego has been my life for a decade or more. I’ll keep going, unpaid, but I don’t want it to benefit Flybar in any way. I’ve been trying to figure out how to walk that line. If you notice a lack of content or responses on that channel, message me personally.

So yeah, we’ll sail on and whatnot.

On a lighter note, next year’s Pogopalooza is the 20th anniversary of the event, and the 25th anniversary of the creation of Xpogo, widely regarded as the creation of the sport. So with that said, we are aiming for record turn-outs, old familiar faces, first timers, and everything in between. Xpogo will have more information later on, but it will once again be in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, we know that for sure.

Let’s make Pogopalooza 2024 the biggest year ever!

Hopefully my next article will have a bit better news, or at least give us some sort of idea what we’re working with here. I’m a bit restricted, but I hope to have more clarity soon.

Either way, my life has basically been dedicated to this sport and I don’t plan on changing that, even if we have to do EVERYTHING ourselves. We are prepared and ready. We’ll sail on, or whatever analogy you want to use.

-Ryan O’Malley