X-treme Wheelchairs

One of the greatest fears of aging is immobility. But a new generation of demanding wheelchair athletes is pushing hard at those limits. Competitive skateboarder Robert Thompkins decided that no mere wheelchair was going to keep him from his passion.

He’s allied with wheelchair technology pioneers Colours Wheelchairs, known for breakthrough lightweight chairs with independent suspension, to develop a prototype wheelchair for chairskating, an extreme sport that is every bit as high-flying crazy as board skating.

As it turns out, one of Thompkins’s biggest challenges is regulations that limit his local skateboard park to skateboards only, another example of older, well-intentioned laws lagging behind current technological realities.


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