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Shaggo carpeted skateboard turns to KickStarter for the holidays

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The Shaggo Grom is 22 inches long and 7.5 inches wide and comes in six " six shagalicious flavors."

The Shaggo Grom is 22 inches long and 7.5 inches wide and comes in ” six shagalicious flavors.”

Palos Verdes High running coach and 1988 Olympian Jeff Atkinson is hoping to make foot travel more comfortable this holiday season with his Shaggo Grom Skateboard.

Atkinson launched a KickStarter.com campaign last week with a goal of $15,000 to manufacture and ship 600 Shaggo Groms this holiday season. On Monday, he had surpassed the halfway mark with $8,385 pledged from 78 backers.

“Our plush shag, integrated into the deck, actually reduces vibration and road noise, increases comfort, and delivers a velvety smooth ride,” Atkinson writes on his KickStarter site.

Atkinson made his first shag carpet skateboard when he was a kid. A few years go he made one for his own son. Demand for the boards from neighborhood kids prompted the Manhattan Beach resident to begin custom building the boards.

For a $125 pledge, Atkinson promises a board by the holidays, if the pledge goal is met.

For more information visit KickStarter.com and search for Shaggo.

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