Sand Rider designer Bill Fertig, a former police officer and avid beachgoer, had used multiple beach wheelchair versions with disappointing results after a motorcycle wreck 20 years back had left him living with paraplegia and using a wheelchair. Existing beach wheelchairs were extremely hard to push, uncomfortable, unattractive and were impossible to transport in Fertig’s car. These outdated beach wheelchairs made a trip to the beach an unpleasant chore for him and his family instead of fun in the sun! Fertig sometimes stayed back at the family vacation house so he wouldn’t be a burden while everyone else enjoyed the day near the water.
Sand Rider restored the excitement of the Fertig family’s beach trips with its quick assembly from the car and with Bill’s easy transfer into Sand Rider from his wheelchair. Sand Rider’s lightweight, rigid frame and oversized tires allow Bill to float over deep sand or obstacles and easily join in family fun like swimming, fishing and beach combing. Since Bill and his family designed and patented the versatile Sand Rider, he and other proud Sand Rider owners have experienced previously unimaginable adventures such as digging for clams in tidal areas, shell-collecting on previously inaccessible barrier islands and have flown to Caribbean and Pacific island destinations. Sand Rider may be checked as regular luggage in its own custom roller-duffle travel bag. Now, for Bill, and other Sand Rider users, beach access and travel possibilities are once again limitless!