NiteRider began by accident and by necessity. Tom Carroll, a fanatical athlete and outdoorsman from Southern California had a problem. The best surf around was better at night, after the crowds had gone home. Since there was nothing even remotely useable to light up the waves, Tom had to design a solution from scratch. A builder and designer by trade and inventor by passion, Tom was obsessed with making his lights the best. His second attempt defined everything that a light for “extreme sports” had to be – waterproof, very bright, lightweight and hands free. What he found is that it not only worked for surfing, but for the long bike trails that accessed those perfect, hidden breaks.