Video: Extreme Wheelchair Athlete Makes Amazing 50-Foot Jump
The MegaRamp is aptly named. An X-Games favorite, the ramp has a 9-story drop in that gives riders enough speed (up to 55 mph) to jump the (mega) 50-foot gap before hitting a 27-foot vertical quarterpipe that propels them back into the air only seconds after making a tough landing. When it comes to finishing a full run, only about 20 percent of skaters and BMXers are able to nail it, and only a select group of elite athletes even give it a shot to begin with.
Last weekend, 21-year-old Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, an L.A. native, came close to finishing a perfect run—sliding down to the bottom only at the last second. But it still may have been one of the most impressive runs in the MegaRamp’s history (and earns a “first-ever” title) thanks to one fact:
Wheelz rides in a wheelchair.
Born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect that left him without the use of his legs, Wheelz started riding at skate parks when he was 8, and, in 2006, landed the first-ever wheelchair backflip. He now tours the country riding, speaking to groups and mentoring disabled kids.
Badass? Yep. Inspiration? Definitely.