The Nitro Circus Tour is one of the most successful and popular franchises in the world of extreme sports. Having gained tremendous popularity as an MTV show, and then feature film, the Nitro Circus Tour performs in countries all over the world to sold out crowds.
What separates the Nitro Circus from other forms of live sporting events is its tendency toward unconventional events and a highly creative use of various pieces of equipment. The daring athletes of the Nitro Circus Tour have enjoyed much praise for their brave and awe inspiring tricks, and one athlete who has impressed audiences across the world has been Aaron Fotheringham.
Aaron Fotheringham: An Athlete With Dimension
Aaron Fotheringham is an extreme athlete who uses his wheelchair to perform jaw dropping and exciting tricks. The 23 year old athlete has spina bifida, which he has had his entire life. He has used a wheel chair since age three and has been performing tricks in his chair since he was very young. Aaron first began to experiment with doing tricks in his wheelchair when he was very young and at a BMX park with his brother.
After becoming fascinated with watching BMX tricks, Aaron took the advice of his older brother and began experimenting with using his chair to perform tricks at the park. Fotheringham immediately fell in love with doing tricks and began to practice and learn new tricks day in and day out.
Now an integral part of the Nitro Circus Team, Fotheringham, like many of his fellow athletes, uses equipment that helps him maximize the degree to which he can perform tricks. Fotheringham uses a chair that is as lightweight as possible. His chair is customized and made by a company called Box Wheelchairs. It is ideal for doing tricks and performing because of the fact that it is lightweight and aerodynamic and that it uses four wheel suspension.
The fact that Fotheringham’s wheelchair is designed to be so versatile makes it a piece of equipment that allows him to perform tricks in it that are similar to many of the tricks that are done by athletes on bikes or skateboards. The suspensions on the wheels help lessen the impact of landings after high speed tricks. After having enjoyed the benefits of using a performance chair, Fotheringham has also begun to work with Box Wheelchairs to develop chairs that can be used in the real world by those looking for a more durable char.
An Impressive Career
Fotheringham is certainly a valuable asset to the Nitro Circus team, not only because of the tricks he performs with them, but also because of his impressive track record away from the Nitro Circus. He regularly competes in BMX competitions, and often goes head to head with traditional BMX riders.
Like many professional extreme athletes, Fotheringham has suffered a substantial number of injuries while in the process of learning new tricks. He reports that he has broken elbows and suffered a number of other injuries while practicing, and strongly recommends that athletes at all levels of the sport wear a helmet. When learning a new trick, Fotheringham starts out by doing it over a foam pit, where the risk of injury is low.
Once he has begun to feel comfortable at the foam pit, he moves on to doing the trick over a ‘resi,’ which is a hard plastic sheet that is placed over the cushions, and which more closely simulates the actual experience of landing. Finally, Fotheringham begins to do the trick over an actual skateboard ramp, which is how it is done in performances.