Meet Erik Kondo, an impressive wheelchair skateboarder and a T4/T5 paraplegic, who created the concept of Wheelchairboarding, which “entails riding and controlling a mobility device using a wheelchair wheelie.” He has also developed innovative devices for longboarding, landboarding, snowboarding, and skimboarding. His latest is an adaptable hoverboard, which he entered into the Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge.
He customized a skateboard that he could attach to his wheelchair. He holds on to the wheels as his form of balance, and can hop onto the wheelchair skateboard, whizz around like a pro, and maneuver through obstacle courses with precision. He can even go sideways, in which he says “creates a completely different feeling of mobility,” which is “just amazing.”
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For over 30 years, Kondo has been a wheelchair user and he has always been a sports enthusiast. When Kondo was a sophomore in college he played lacrosse and football and was a member of the hiking club. At age 19, he got into a motorcycle accident that left him with a spinal cord injury, but that didn’t stop him from playing – and mastering sports.