In 2005, skateboarder Robert Thompkins broke his back in a cliff diving accident when he was just 23 years old. His life changed in the blink of an eye, but he never gave up on his passion for his sport.
While he can’t skateboard in the traditional way anymore, he now uses his wheelchair as if it were a board. With a specially-made chair by Box Wheelchairs of Corona, California, he is able to take to the streets to tackle obstacles in a new way. He is also active in CAF, the Challenged Athlete Foundation. Robert and his group of “WMCXers” meet regularly to hone their skills, and they’re pretty impressive!
In 2017, he was asked to show off his street skills at The Berrics, a private indoor skatepark owned by professional skateboarders Steve Berra and Eric Koston.
“We pretty much fell out of our chairs when we saw him in action, and Thompkins has been innovating like crazy since these filming sessions went down,” they wrote on YouTube.
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