Swurfer swings into stores, makes a splash

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A new, locally made toy is flying to new heights across the country. 'The Swurfer' combines the motion of swinging through the air with the sensation of surfing in the ocean. "A lot of inventions happen by accident and this one isn't really any different," said Swurfer inventor, Rob Bertschy.Rob's mother suggested turning one of his old surfboard prototypes into a swing because of its curved board. But Rob wasn't satisfied with an ordinary swing. "I didn't really want a boring swing. So I had to figure out a way to stand up on it and move around. I tried lots and lots of different ideas and I finally landed on this one" he said.The Swurfer has two adjustable handles, yards of rope that hang from a tree and a curved board."The first prototype shipped in August to Wonder Works Toy Stores," said Bertschy. "Since then it's really taken off. We now ship to states all over the country."The Swurfer has been listed as one of the top 25 toys of the year and they're all being made from Robs garage on James Island."I didn't think it would be where it is today," he said. "My ultimate goal is to have a whole line of unique swings. We just signed a national agreement with a group of national independent toy stores. I'm starting to get a lot of interest from surf and skate type shops. Sometimes I lay awake at night ,wondering if extreme Swurfing can be the next X-game."Rob is planning to travel across the U.S. with The Swurfer promoting it, hoping it takes off in all 50 states. You can{} buy a Swurfer at any Wonder Works Toy Store or online at