Thursday, February 10


Aaron Fotheringham performs world first wheelchair front flip in New Zealand

Thursday February 10, 2011; Nitro Circus Live star Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham landed the first ever wheelchair front flip in Wellington, New Zealand last night over a massive 50 foot gap. The 19 year old wheelchair athlete from Las Vegas made the sold out crowd of 17,500 people at Westpac Stadium erupt in appreciation of the amazing feat and was carried through the stadium after action sports superstar Travis Pastrana helped him into the audience.

First up Fotheringham landed a perfect back flip off the 50 foot high Gigant-a-ramp and then made his way back to the top to follow it up with the world first front flip.

“Landing the front flip was the craziest feeling ever. It’s blind the whole way round when you rotate so when I felt the wheels land perfect it was so sweet! said Fotheringham.

“It was so good to have my mum right there at the end of the landing and all of the Nitro crew who gave me the best advice on how to perform it.”

Fotheringham was born with Spina Bifida and started riding at skate parks at the age of eight with his brother and has been hooked ever since. In 2006, he landed the first wheelchair back flip and in 2010 he performed the first ever double back flip in a wheelchair.

The wheelchair front flip topped of an amazing show put on by all the Nitro Circus Live athletes for the appreciative Wellington crowd.

The tour now makes its way to Hamilton for the third stop of their five show New Zealand tour and then continues on to regional Australia throughout March and April 2011.

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Tour schedule
Date Location Venue
Saturday February 5 Auckland North Harbour Stadium
Wednesday February 9 Wellington Westpac Stadium
Saturday February 12 Hamilton Waikato Stadium
Wednesday February 16 Christchurch AMI Stadium
Saturday February 19 Dunedin Carisbrook Stadium

Photo credit: Jeff Crow / Sport the Library