Sandsliders was born from the over-active mind of professional tennis coach Lee Cowan, as he watched young families trying to push their prams on a beach in Gran Canaria.
Some moms and dads used brute force, but simply buried their buggy deeper and deeper in sand. Some turned it backwards and dragged it with enough power to impress an Insanity trainer, but still no joy. Some couples picked it up and carried it, much like a princess attending a maharajah’s wedding. The baby inevitably woke up and cried, the family day out somewhat ruined, as it turned into a feat of endurance, rather than a day of fun and enjoyment.
Over the next two years, in between coaching topspin backhands and slice serves, Lee developed numerous prototypes to solve this frustrating problem. He was joined in his quest by an old family friend and entrepreneur, Dean Mortimer.
Dean added some business experience to the mix and the result is Sandsliders, a high-quality recyclable polypropylene attachment designed to fit all buggies and strollers. It attaches in seconds, and turns a cumbersome pram into a sand-skimming four-wheel drive vehicle of grace.
The Sandslider is designed with parents in mind. It is pretty much indestructible, but environmentally friendly. Dean sourced a wonderful company in the UK, which employs disabled workers, to make it, using excellent components and is safety feasibility reviewed. It folds in half, is light as a feather and has proved equally adept on snow, pebbles, gravel, campsites, muddy grass and a whole host of other pram-unfriendly landscapes.
We love the way it has evolved and are immensely proud of the way it has been received by parents.
We hope you like it too.
Environmental and business ethics are extremely important to the Directors of Sandsliders. Consequently, Sandsliders donate to Cancer Research UK and the Plastic Oceans Foundation.
The ecology of the world oceans and the effect that single use plastics are having is extreme. Sandsliders is a new business that takes its environmental responsibility extremely seriously. Consequently, Sandsliders donate to the Plastic Oceans Foundation to help address this global challenge.
Apart from the great work that this charity does to protect our oceans, my late father Richard Cowan and his best friend Dean Mortimer who is now my business partner in Sandsliders loved to Scuba Dive. Both achieved Instructor qualifications with NAUI, SAA and BSAC and established the DRP Dive Club. Richard and Dean taught children, adults, visually impaired students for the RNIB and just about anybody that wanted to learn. I feel protecting the oceans is a legacy he would have been proud of his family and friends contributing to.