Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PaddleAir Ergo is Awsome: A Testimonial

Dear David,

Three weeks prior to my trip to Nicaragua I bruised the left side of my ribs pretty seriously. To the point I had them x-rayed to make sure they were not broken. This injury really put my trip in jeopardy. The Ergo works, period!

After I was injured, I was completely stressed I had turned my surf trip into a fishing trip. By doing some research, I came across the Ergo and immediately went to Bird's Surf Shed to buy one. Bird had nothing but great things to say about the Ergo because he had used it on a surf trip with a cracked rib and it saved his trip.

I've had injured ribs in the past and can say even if they feel better, paddling on a surfboard can easily re-injure them setting your healing back weeks. During this recent injury I had to stay out of the water for the three weeks doing hot and cold compresses 5 to 10 times a day, just so I could have a chance at surfing.

It was the moment of truth when I got down there. Without a doubt, had I not had the Ergo, there would have been no way I could have surfed more than 20 minutes without re-injuring myself. Instead, I surfed 2 to 3 times a day for several hours each day. So thank you for your inventiveness and ingenuity. It really saved my trip.

I also have to tell you everyone I ran into was very curious about what I was wearing. Most thought it was for floatation, but once I explained what it was they were really intrigued by it. The surf instructors mentioned how a lot of beginners get sore ribs after day one and need some time out of the water before they can do it again. They were all interested in getting a few for their camps, so people could spend more time in the water. If you haven't already, get in touch with some surf camps and maybe you could move a few more units.

Thanks again your newly satisfied customer.

Cheers,

Mike
San Diego, CA

Mike Surfing in an Ergo by PaddleAir

Get your own Ergo from your local surf shop or online at PaddleAir.com.

Discover more about the benefits of the Ergo by PaddleAir in this video highlighting research by the California State University San Marcos Kinesiology Department:



Saturday, July 30, 2016

Corky Carroll Is Rockin' the Rib Rocket

On July 29, 2016, Corky Carroll, surf legend and contributing columnist for the Orange County Register, published this "Corky Carroll: Rockin the Rib Rocket." It is reproduced below:
Many years ago a guy named Dave Hilts got a hold of me because he had invented a surfing vest with a bladder on the front that could be inflated, providing padding for your rib cage where it comes into contact with your board.

I thought this was a killer idea, plus an added benefit was it took a little bit of the arch out of your back when you paddled, which really helped people like me who have surfing-related back problems. I herniated my L5 disc in a horrific wipe out in Hawaii in 1997 and have had problems with my lower back ever since.

His product, called the PaddleAir, was very helpful for my back and I used it for years.

I also have issues with any part of my body that comes into constant contact with the board. When I was young and we knee paddled to old longboards, I had the biggest surf bumps on my knees and feet of anybody known to man. Many of the old surf movies had shots of my knees in them.

When boards went short the bumps moved to my rib cages and today I have huge bumps there. My kids call me the man with four boobs – it can be embarrassing. I had them removed the same year I hurt my back, as I was out of the water for many months anyway. Unfortunately, and to the amazement of the doctor who did the surgery and claimed they would never come back, they came back even bigger.

So, anyway, I had a need for Hilts’ product.

Sore ribs are a constant issue for surfers who don’t surf on a regular basis. Even surfers who do surf all the time, normally wearing wetsuits, have a hard time when they take a surf trip to somewhere warm and they don’t use the wetsuit. A wetsuit provide a nice bit of padding and helps.

At my getaway house in the tropical part of Mexico we get guests all the time who have this issue. It normally appears on their second day. Once they get sore it takes awhile for that to go away and for people to adjust to the pounding on the boney part of their chests.

Over the years Hilts has produced a couple different versions of his PaddleAir product with great results. And he has probably heard more stories about injuries and whatnot to do with rib cages and backs than any other 20 people in the world combined.

Recently, he decided there were a huge numbers of surfers who didn’t need, or want, the extra back support but really need and want the rib protection. He eliminated the bladder and the breathing tube used to inflate it and replaced them with strategically placed padding in a surfing vest.

Rib Rocket by PaddleAir
He calls it the Rib Rocket.

In short, this thing works great and is very comfortable. Plus it is lightweight and fits easily into a backpack along with other surf gear, making it ideal for surf travel. I don’t very often cover new products unless I feel that they are a really good thing or really unique. This vest is of the really good thing category.

Congratulations to Dave Hilts, I think he has hit a homer with this one. You should be able to find these at your local surf shop, or you can contact Hilts directly at [PaddleAir.com/contact/].
Read more PaddleAir reviews from Corky in 2004 and 2013. Get a Rib Rocket by PaddleAir.

You can check out more from Corky on the OC Register or his website.

Friday, July 29, 2016

It's New: The Ergo Long Sleeve


Ergo by PaddleAir
PaddleAir users have long been familiar with our second-generation line of rib protection, back stress relief products, the Ergo.  Joining the Ergo lineup of the Classic Short Sleeve, the Black Vest, the Sun Hoodie and the Bali Green Vest, is the Ergo Long Sleeve Neoprene and Lycra in Slate/Black.

The long sleeve Ergo has taken the cutting edge Ergo design and produced a 50+ UV protection garment with a Lycra back and sleeves with a Neoprene front panel. It works great worn with trunks and works equally well when worn under a wetsuit.. For the tropics it offers maximum protection from the sun and great wind protection for spring and fall water climates.
Learn more about the Erg by PaddleAir.
Ergo by PaddleAir Long Sleeve Lycra/Neoprene in Black/Slate


Discover more about the benefits of the Ergo by PaddleAir in this video highlighting research by the California State University San Marcos Kinesiology Department:



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rib Rocket: New from PaddleAir

Rib Rocket by PaddleAir
Just in time for summer, Dave Hilts, the founder of PaddleAir Products Inc. and the creator of the Ergo, launches his latest invention: The Rib Rocket.

The California-designed Rib Rocket is:
  • Essential surf wear for surf travel and out-of-wetsuit surf sessions
  • Added impact protection for upper torso
  • Tread-like design provides positive gripping contact for stable takeoffs
  • Light weight and easy to use
The Rib Rocket has strategically placed PVC foam padding sewn into areas where the ribs come in contact with the board during prone paddling. The padding is just enough to soften the impact where cartilage bone meets board and glass. We found that more surfers have been suffering rib pain because of the new EPS epoxy boards that are much harder than traditional fiberglass resins. Rib Rocket addresses these problems and offers a comfortable solution for all that suffer from rib pain.

The Rib Rocket features a 2mm Neoprene front panel with sewn-in PVC padding for comfort and stability and a Lycra back for a fine fit and cooler material for warmer climates. Also, a board short loop connects the garment to trunks to prevent ride up and a side draw string to snug the garment around the waist. Additionally, it provides 50+ UFP protection from the sun.

It's "Pure Rib Pleasure." Get it http://paddleair.com or your local surf shop world-wide.



Discover more about the benefits support for your ribs in the video about testing of the Ergo by PaddleAir by CSUSM Kinesiology Department in this video:


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PaddleAir 2016 Product Catalog Featuring Ergo and Rib Rocket

Just released, PaddleAir's 2016 Product Catalog featuring Ergo and Rib Rocket. You can now view it online and/or print it out from here.

If your interested in featuring Ergo and/or Rib Rocket in your shop or have questions, you can contact PaddleAir via our dealer inquiry page.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Surfers Get the Scientific Data Treatment at CSUSM

The scientific measurement and analysis of activity has been common for land-based sports for many years.  But it's been hard to apply to surfing because of lack of a controlled environment.  However, recent advances in waterproof wireless sensors, monitoring technologies and flumes (endless pools with a simulated current) have made it very possible.

The leader in the study of surfers surfing is California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and their Department of Kinesiology, led by associate professor and Kinesiology Department Chair Jeff Nessler. Dr. Nessler, and Sean Newcomer, assistant professor of kinesiology.

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently devoted an entire page to the university's efforts: "CSUSM Researchers Making Waves: Surf industry uses university to help develop products." It's available to read here.

A CSUSM Study in the Flume
Credit:Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune
PaddleAir Products Inc. is mentioned in the article,  Why? Because the Ergo by PaddleAir was tested by Dr Nessler and his CSUSM Kinesiology students in the flume.  The results will be released soon; but we're happy to hint that they show that you can paddle stronger, surf longer.

Applying Sensors to Ergo

Ergo by PaddleAir in the CSUSM Flume

Ergo by PaddleAir in the CSUSM Flume

Ergo by PaddleAir in the CSUSM Flume

Ergo by PaddleAir in the CSUSM Flume

Ergo by PaddleAir in the CSUSM Flume