Adaptive Surfing. The Adaptive Surf Project is a collaboration of health professionals, surfboard manufacturers and business owners who design, create and give away adapted surf boards. See them in action below:
Sled/Sledge Hockey. It’s like hockey, but with sleds instead of skates. Players propel themselves with their sticks (they kind of work like ice picks). Learn more about the USA Sled Hockey team and get the official rules here.
Paraclimbing. Pulleys, pull-up bars and other adaptive equipment make rock climbing possible for people with limited mobility. Watch how Mark Wellman, a world-class climber shares his love of rock climbing with wheelchair users of all ages:
Mountain Biking. Speed lovers and adrenaline junkies will enjoy the thrill of biking down a mountainside. Downhill mountain bikes come with 4 wheels and hand-controlled brakes. Get an overview of adaptive mountain biking, the equipment and how you can get started here.
Blokart Sailing. A Blokart is a “land sailor,” sort of like a go-cart that’s propelled by wind instead of a motor. Blokart sailing technically isn’t an adaptive sport, but because the Blokart is controlled completely by hand, many people with spinal cord injuries have taken to it. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that you can try on land or ice, like this YouTube user:
Wheelchair Rugby. If you’re looking for a contact sport that’s a combination of rugby, basketball, handball and ice hockey, try wheelchair rugby. Also known as quad rugby, this intense sport was the centerpiece of Murderball, a popular documentary that broke barriers for athletes with disabilities. Find your local team through the United States Quad Rugby Association.
Accessible Skydiving. Skydiving is probably one of the most popular extreme sports, and a thrill that many wheelchair users enjoy. Whether you want to train to jump on your own or would rather jump in tandem with an experienced pro, it can be done. Watch 3 wheelchair users go tandem skydiving:
Wheelchair Skating. You don’t need a skateboard to go to the skate park anymore. Popularized by Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, wheelchair skating (or wheelchair motor x) is all about using your chair to flip and grind using the ramps at the skateboard park. Check out Aaron as he demonstrates what he calls “extreme sitting:”
Adaptive Snowboarding. If you prefer to defy gravity on the slopes, then adaptive snowboarding may be for you. Snowboarding has exploded in popularity in recent years, which means that it’s easier to find adaptive equipment and clubs than ever. Learn all you need to know about adaptive snowboarding from Disabled Sports USA.
Wheelchair Bungee Jumping. Jumping off of a bridge is pretty crazy, but it’s the ultimate rush for lots of thrill seekers. Some bungee jump companies have figured out how to make it possible for wheelchair users to get in on the action. Watch Rick Hansen, Paralympian and disability advocate, bungee jump over a river in wheelchair:
Whitewater Rafting. Would you rather be in the river instead of hovering over it? Try whitewater rafting. Facilities like the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado, which we featured in our post on accessible vacation destinations, offers instruction, equipment and adaptations that allow the whole family to enjoy whitewater rafting.
Sit Skiing. A sit ski allows skiers with limited mobility to take on the slopes by using a modified ski that has a seat attached to it. You use outriggers to help with agility and balance. Watch Paralympian Josh Dueck do an impossible back-flip in his sit ski:
Scuba Diving. The weightlessness and freedom of being underwater is an exhilarating experience. Organizations like Diveheart offer the training you need to build confidence and get certified.
Paragliding. If you’d rather feel the freedom of flight, then you may be interested in paragliding (or parasailing). Beginners can work in tandem with a professional or train to fly on their own. Either way, you’ll see the world from a different perspective. Schools like Super Fly offer training and modified chairs for people with disabilities who want to try parasailing.
Power Soccer. The first sport designed specifically for power chair users, power soccer is played in 20 countries. Interested in trying it out? The United States Power Soccer Association has all the info you need.
B.A.S.E. Jumping. It’s the most extreme (and insane) sport there is. B.A.S.E jumpers jump from buildings, cliffs and other extreme heights searching for the ultimate thrill. It’s extremely dangerous and illegal in most places, so we don’t recommend it. But we do enjoy watching guys like Lonnie Bissonnette, who must be totally out of his mind: