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Catch the Wave

By giving kids a fun, safe way to learn to surf and skateboard, this pair of avid surfers found more time to play.

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This story appears in the May 2007 issue of Start Up.

What: A training surfboard or skateboard

Who: Robert Ellis and Stewart Cohen of GarageCo Toys Inc.

Where: Woodland Hills, California

When: Started in 2005

Startup costs: $69,831

Robert Ellis is a surfer at heart. The sport runs through his veins--and in his family. After all, it was watching his son, Brooks, jumping on a trampoline with a skateboard deck taped to his shoes that inspired Ellis to create a plastic toy with a similar purpose.

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