The wind is a mighty force, and it can be a crazy fun too. Some of the coolest wheelchair-users out there are using it to fulfill their fun-ratio…and how exactly? Why with kite-chairing, a low-impact adrenaline rush sport that’s been around since 2005.
Kite-chairing is when a wheelchair-use will attach a smaller parachute with very long ropes to their wheelchair, and let the parachute either pull them across a field, over the ocean or down a ski slope. You get a ton of energy from the wind and it can be a blast getting pulled at high speeds. There are all sorts of adaptations for this sport too, and new ways to go kite-chairing are constantly evolving.
But you need to make sure you have the right equipment. When kiting across a field (my personal favorite), many wheelers like to use a Freewheel attachment; this adds a front/center fourth wheel to the wheelchair, giving the paralyzed rider unparalleled stability in their chair as they go flying. Watch three wheelers from Iceland practice kite-chairing on a field (they’re planning on crossing a glacier this way) using a Freewheel