Saturday, October 21, 2017

Free and Fast USPS Priority Mail Shipping to USA on PaddleAir

If you place your order on PaddleAir.com you can get your Ergo or Rib Rocket delivered to any address in the United States within 1-3 days via USPS Priority Mail for FREE!

No need for one of those Prime accounts. Shipping is free, fast and easy from our website and you can pay securely with PayPal or any major credit card.

Free and Fast Shipping to USA on PaddleAir.com


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ergo by PaddleAir Testing Results Published in Journal of Applied Biomechanics

Surfers have long realized that prone paddling to catch the next wave is hard work. It strains the back, shoulders, ribs.  Muscles get weak and sore.  It can get painful and curtail a great surfing session and ruin your surf vacation.

Since 2004, Dave Hilts, founder of PaddleAir, Inc. has invented the solutions to solve these problems.  First, with the PaddleAir Insider and Outsider and today with the Ergo by PaddleAir, which comes in a variety of styles.

With an Ergo, surfers can indeed "Paddle Stronger and Surf Longer."  But the evidence of this is not just empirical, it has now been scientifically tested. (Read: Surfers Get the Scientific Data Treatment at CSUSM) The original research results have been formally published in The Journal of Applied Biomechanics (Volume 44, Issue 4, August 2017):

Wearing an Inflatable Vest Alters Muscle Activation and Trunk Angle While Paddling a Surfboard
Authors: Jeff A. Nessler, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Kinesiology California State University, San Marcos, Thomas Hastings, Kevin Greer and Sean C. Newcomer.
Volume:0 Issue: 0 Pages:1-21 doi: 10.1123/jab.2016-0248

Low back pain is a commonly reported problem among recreational surfers. Some individuals report that wearing a vest with an inflatable bladder that alters trunk angle may help to alleviate pain. The purpose of this study was to determine whether such a vest has an effect on muscle activation and extension of the lower back. Twelve recreational surfers completed 12 paddling trials at 1.1 m/s in a swim flume on both a shortboard and a longboard on two separate days. Three conditions of no vest, vest uninflated, and vest inflated were presented to participants in random order. Surface EMG and trunk angle were acquired via wireless sensors placed over the right erector spinae, mid-trapezius, upper trapezius, and latissimus dorsi. Wearing the inflated vest affected muscle activation: erector spinae and mid-trapezius demonstrated a significant decrease in activation relative to wearing no vest (12 and 18% respectively, p<0.05). Trunk extension was also significantly reduced when the vest was inflated (18% reduction, p<0.05). Results were similar for both the short and longboard, though this effect was greater while paddling the larger board. These results suggest that a properly inflated vest can alter trunk extension and muscle activity while paddling a surfboard in water.
Below is the graphic illustrating the results:

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You can also view the original PowerPoint slide here.

PaddleAir published a YouTube video describing the original testing at California State University San Marcos in 2016:

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Get a PaddleAir at Sunrise Surf Shop in Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Sunrise Surf Shop, Jacksonville, Florida
PaddleAir is stoked to announce our latest Ergo dealer: Sunrise Surf Shop by the sunny shores of Jacksonville, Florida. Established in 1976, Sunrise Surf Shop has a reputation as a premier East Coast surf resource.

The Sunrise Surf Shop is located conveniently at 834 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (view on map). You can call them at 904-241-0822.
Sunrise Surf Shop Exterior

Not only does Sunrise cater to surfers of all ages, but also it also highlights skate gear. In their words:
With hard work and dedication through the years, Sunrise has become North Florida’s favorite core surf and skate shop. Voted BEST “Surf & Skate Shop” by Folio Weekly and Void Magazine time and time again. Sunrise has been owned and operated as a small family business since day one and has provided North Florida surfers and skaters with a place where they can go and find everything they need.

Sunrise Surf Shop BoardsSunrise Surf Shop SkateboardsSunrise Surf Shop WetsuitsSunrise Surf Shop AccessoriesSunrise Surf Shop KidsSunrise Surf Shop Clothes
Views of store interior and some of the departments.
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Sunrise can also be found on the following social sites: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Surf Guru: Australian Online Surf Shop for PaddleAir

Australia is a haven for surfers with waves surrounding the continent. And, like surfers around the world, Australians suffer from paddling pains--sore ribs, back pain, shoulder strain, chest rashes, etc. An Ergo from PaddleAir can help.  PaddleAir is pleased to announce that The Surf Guru has the Ergo available online with free shipping in Australia.
The Surf Guru: for serious fun in the surf

In addition to the Ergo, The Surf Guru offers an array of surf boards, surfing gear and accessories for adults and kids from their website at http://thesurfguru.com.au/. Their telephone number is 0414 681 889 and e-mail: info@thesurfguru.com.au. You can also connect with The Surf Guru on Facebook.

Check out this YouTube video that The Surf Guru produced in 2012 about the Ergo by PaddleAir!
 
 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Testimonial: Surfing with Rib Rocket in Indonesia

At PaddleAir we don't just say, "Paddle Longer, Surf Stronger," but we get letters proving the slogan. Here's a recent sample:

Hi Dave,

Just got back from Indonesia and had a fantastic week of overhead surf every day. The Rib Rocket was great as it kept my ribs and solar plexus from getting sore from two surf sessions per day for 7 straight days. In the past, by the 2nd day, I dreaded paddling due to bruised and sore ribs with just a rash guard. But with the Rib Rocket, I had no problems with sore ribs.

The only issue I had was the first day where I wore the Rib Rocket underneath my rash guard and got armpit rashes. So I switched it around and wore the Rib Rocket over my long sleeve rash guard and that solved the pit rash problem, a tip you may want to recommend.

I had several guys ask me what I was wearing and told them about it and they will be ordering one from you. One guy had a rash on his solar plexus and had to bandage it up to keep it from getting an infection but it still hurt him when he paddled. Another guy had sore ribs.

I can't thank you enough for this product because it is a rib saver and ultimately a surf trip saver. I attached a few pics that you may want to use as a reference and endorsement of the Rib Rocket.

By the way, maybe you can come up with something to protect the knee cap from getting chaffed from hitting the deck pad while duck diving or popping up so many times. I know I shouldn't be hitting my knees that much but a lot of us baby boomers get knee rashes. At 58 years old, I don't care much about how it looks just as long as it is functional and avoids an irritation or bad infection.

Best regards,
Kevin Raineri

Moreover, PaddleAir founder, Dave Hilts, listens to suggestions and incorporates them into his inventive designs such as the Rib Rocket.

Hi Kevin, 
Thanks for your feedback. The rash problem has been addressed and we have redesigned the armpit to open it up and eliminate rashing. Great shots! Can only say "wish I was there." We will post your photos and comments. 
Thanks
Dave Hilts
Paddleair.com

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rib Rocket=Zero Rash+Six Days Straight: A Testamonial

Rib Rocket by PaddleAir
The Rib Rocket by PaddleAir gets another enthusiastic review from a happy surfer. Plus, checkout the great photos of the Rib Rocket in action.
David,

Your product is the bomb. I surfed 2-3 ft overhead surf for 6 days straight with zero rash. Totally and completely stoked. Thought you’d appreciate the pics with a decent shot of your product.

Cheers,

James Bach
LightSpeed Consulting
James Bach in a Rib Rocket by PaddleAir

James Bach in a Rib Rocket by PaddleAir


James is rocking a Rib Rocket in Tropic White. It is also available in a black vest. Learn more on PaddleAir.com/RibRocket.