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Wheelchair trampoline!

Walking and jumping; two things I thought I’d never do again until a cure came around. Turns out I jumped the gun a early on the jumping part. Wheelchairs and trampolines…never in a million years would I have thought these two worlds would, or could, collide.

The first video comes from a really cool paraplegic from California, Andrew Angulo, who makes videos showing how he does nearly everything, and in this 5 minute video showing how he ‘jumps’ on a trampoline will certainly get your brain churning. I never thought a paraplegic could do what he does, and then I saw his trampoline video and was schooled.

Andrew first gets on the trampoline with a little help from an able-bodied dude. Once he’s on the trampoline, he crosses his legs so his feet and legs are secured tightly underneath him. This was the part when I thought, “Ok, so now how in the heck is this going to work now?” and then all of a sudden he has his little nephew jump join him on the trampoline, and he starts jumping directly next to him.

As his nephew jumps, the motion gets Andrew bouncing and before you know it, Andrew is catching some impressive air. I had NO idea people with paralysis, despite their paralyzed limbs, could still get that high despite not jumping. Why haven’t I tried this before?! And as Andrew bounces even faster, he begins to roll around the trampoline and it’s quite hysterical.

The next video is a lot shorter (under 1 minute), but is just as fun. The video comes from the trampoline park, Big Time Trampoline, and shows a pre-teen in a wheelchair taking it upon himself to still have fun at the trampoline park despite not being able to walk.

It shows the interior of the park (with multiple built-into-the-floor trampolines), with the feisty kid moving from one trampoline to another, bouncing (while still in his chair) and not having a care in the world. I love this kid! As it turns out, there are actually wheelchair trampolines that you can buy too. Where have these been all my life??

That’s it. I must stop thinking anything is impossible from here on out.

Have you been on a wheelchair trampoline? 

Watch the videos!

Andrew, a para, goes on a trampoline with his nephews

Kid goes trampolining at a trampoline park in his wheelchair

SCI Superstar: Aaron Fotheringham

“Just when you thought sitting was safe” is Aaron Fotheringham’s awesome tagline. Touring with the Nitro Circus (an extreme sports tour), speaking and doing demos at events and at school, such is the life of your-not-so-average 20 year old from Las Vegas, the very brave soul behind the world’s first wheelchair back flip.

Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, but could never just sit. Wasn’t his thing. After being adopted into a close-knit family as a baby (they adopted 7 kids in total), they’re the reason he’s the extreme adapted athlete he is today. One of his brothers was into skating, and Aaron would always come along and watch…

After watching everyone have all the fun, at 8 years old Aaron decided it was time to stop watching and he gave a quarter-pipe a taste of his wheels. Sure he fell, but the rest is history.

Why he’s fearless

Once Aaron became a teenager, he began to enter BMX competitions as the only adaptive athlete. In 2005, he won the Vegas AmJam BMX finals, as well as a slough of several other BMX freestyle competitions. But all that was all build-up for a wheelchair trick Aaron has been silently practicing for years – the world’s first wheelchair back flip.

After perfecting a mid air 180-degree aerial turn in 2005, his back flip dream became a reality at age 14, when he landed the world’s first wheelchair back flip, unscathed and without a bobble or anything (watch here). And to make sure another wheeler didn’t grab the next record, he landed the world’s first wheelchair double back flip in 2010.

The double back flip shot Aaron into extreme sports fame. He’s been touring with the Nitro Circus Live (where he‘s dubbed ‘TNT Wheelz,’ performing live around the world, on a 50 foot mega ramp). And in 2011, he broke another record, landing the world’s first front flip in a wheelchair, while on tour in New Zealand (much more dangerous). Aaron also does tricks like one-wheeled spins and rail grinds.

What’s next?

Aaron has been touring with Nitro Circus all year long. He did the European and Australian/New Zealand leg earlier this year, and he’s currently in South America with the tour. In fact, he’ll be wowing crows in Rio this week! And a true skater boy at heart – never satisfied – Aaron’s working on his next BIG trick – a ‘Flair,’ where he take a 180 aerial and works it into a back flip. This I can’t wait to see.

Want to catch Aaron’s show in person? Check out Nitro Circus’ site to see if they’’re coming to a city near you.

Have the courage to do what Aaron Fotheringham does?

Watch the videos!

Aaron Fotheringham Double Back Flip

Aaron Fotheringham Front flips His Wheelchair

Aaron on the 50 foot mega ramp @ Nitro Circus

ABC World News- Diane Sawyer – Person Of The Week – Aaron Fotheringham