Aaron Fotheringham, aka Wheelz, doesn’t let Spina Bifida and his inability to walk stop him from being an extreme athlete. Fotheringham is an extreme wheelchair athlete known for performing tricks adapted from skateboarding and BMX.
He recently visited Woodward West, an action sports park in Tehachapi, California, two hours outside of Los Angeles, and put on a show that is nothing short of remarkable. The wheelchair backflip is especially impressive. Watch as he takes on skateparks, a halfpipe, and a mega ramp, off of which he takes a couple of spills:
Fotheringham came away from the mega ramp with a few bruises and skin burns but was otherwise fine.
After the first fail, Fotheringham, in the behind-the-scenes video, said, “That was operator error. I landed, boom, confident; I think I even started celebrating in my head. I was like, ‘I did it.’ I just kinda messed up, got a little sideways and ate some wood.”
After the second fail, he asked filmmaker Devin Graham, aka Devin Supertramp, “Can I see some cool crash footage?”
To which Graham replies, “You fly so far. Dude, you are so high.”
Fotheringham has been in a wheelchair full-time since age 8. It was his brother who suggested he try riding his wheelchair at a skate park. He did and he was hooked.
The 22-year-old extreme wheelchair athlete has become pretty good, though he still has to work at landing jumps off the mega ramp.