Once your pogo stick is pumped up, it’s time to start bouncing:
Place the middle (not ball) of your foot on one the pegs.
Step up onto the pegs, keeping the pogo stick close to your body. Make sure you keep your hands and handlebars as close to your thighs as you can when bouncing. Most people tend to push the handlebars away from their body at first, which makes bouncing impossible. Keep those hands close to your thighs so that you and the pogo stick are one unit that moves together!
Bend your upper body over the top of the pogo stick so that your weight is centered on top of it. You want your shoulders and knees to be in line.
Start jumping. It helps to look about 10’ ahead while jumping. If you look straight down, you’ll lose your sense of balance. If you look straight forward, it will be difficult to time your jumps properly.
Timing with the ground is crucial. You don’t want to jump when you hit the ground. Instead, try to push your weight into the ground as the pogo stick makes contact. This will help to compress the air. Don’t use your hands to push down at all – the pressure should come only from your legs. As the slide shaft starts to bottom out, jump up a bit and help it back up into the air.
Make sure your practice area is level, dry and has no loose sand or gravel on it. Indoors is fine as long as you have plenty of headroom and a very solid surface to bounce on.
When you first begin bouncing, you only want to use about 6” of the slide shaft stroke. If you are only bouncing 1’-2’ off the ground but are using the whole stroke, you’re spending too much time on the ground. The more time you spend on the ground, the harder it will be to maintain your balance.
If you haven’t pogoed before, you may find your Vurtego a bit difficult to use. Even experienced pogoers will take a little time to get used to the extra stroke length. Don’t get discouraged! Even the pros had to start with the first bounce. If you only get one or two bounces on the first try, go for three on the next.
Some beginners find it a little easier to step onto the pogo stick from a curb or step. This is okay as long as you bounce away from the curb when you start. Try changing the pressure up or down a bit to see how it feels. Before long you will have the right pressure dialed in and you will be putting together consistent strings of bounces.
Start with low jumps until you build your confidence. Stay away from “big air” and tricks until you start feeling more confident in your skills. Make sure you have a large, clear area for practicing. Keep obstacles, people and pets out of the way. As you get better and establish more control over your bouncing, you won’t need as much space around you. By that point, you’ll probably start looking for obstacles to play around on.