Monday, May 4, 2020

Free Custom Face Mask with Ergo or Rib Rocket Purchase

When the surf's up (and beaches open again), get ready to hit the waves with a new Ergo or Rib Rocket by PaddleAir so you can "Paddle Stronger, Surf Longer."  And, while supplies last, we'll include a free custom face mask with every purchase made from our website,

Fortunately, you probably will not be required to wear a face mask while surfing, a naturally social-distancing sport.  However, when land-bound, a face covering is currently mandated in public places in many parts of the world.

So, why settle for a flimsy disposable or make-shift bandana mask, when you can get one that is lightweight, breathable, durable, reusable and rocks an Ergo or Rib Rocket logo along the edge.

Buy an Ergo or Rib Rocket and Get a Free Custom Face Mask

Each mask is responsibly made in California of soft, double-layered material created from recycled plastic bottles -- very eco-friendly and washable.

It should be noted that these are not medical-grade face masks and were not manufactured in a sterile environment, nor are they warranted to protect from any and all airborne aerosols.  But, they do work great when acting as the required face coverings when out and about.

So, score a free face mask when you buy any style of Ergo or Rib Rocket from

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Surf Masters Peru Welcomes PaddleAir to South America

PaddleAir is excited to announce that Surf Masters Peru joins our ever-growing list of surf shops that carries the Ergo and Rib Rocket.  Located in the San Isidro area of Lima Peru, the shop is nearby the fabulous surf of the South American Pacific.

Surf Masters PeruSurf Masters Peru's emphasis is on the master surfer and with a focus on experience and living life to its fullest. Their mission, as translated from their website:
SURF MASTERS PERÚ offers a different alternative, especially aimed at the adult tablista, fond of a surfing life, entertaining and stylish. A 'Soul Surfer' lover of relaxation with nature, that seeks to moderate physical wear and enjoy the waves, and who appreciates the unique features of shaping, handling, drive and control that only can offer a true class surf board world.
Their surf shop at Avenida Petit Thouars 3991, San Isidro, Lima 15046 Peru (view on map) features a full complement of top-name surfboards, clothing and accessories.  The addition of PaddleAir is a perfect fit for master surfers who want to "paddle stronger, surf longer."

In addition to the Surf Masters Peru website they can be found on Facebook, InstagramSpotify and,  for a history of founder, Héctor Llosa (in Spanish) see YouTube.

Surf Masters Peru Surf Shop
Surf Masters Peru Surf Shop Shop Accessories
Surf Masters Peru Surf Shop Surfboards
Surf Masters Peru Surf Shop Clothes

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

PaddleAir in Lanzarote and Sri Lanka: A Testimonial

PaddleAir has helped surfers around the globe to overcome the pains of paddling a surfboard, no matter which ocean generates the waves. This testimonial from an Internal Surfing Association (I.S.A.) instructor shows how PaddleAir has helped surfers in both the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

Tim Jones doing a hand Drag in an Ergo
Tim Jones doing a hand drag in an Ergo (click to enlarge)
Hi PaddleAir,

Just a note to say how impressed I have been with the Ergo Vest I’ve been using over the last few years. Suffering as many of us do with disc issues in the lower back and neck it’s been a really great aid to me when things get painful and paddling is hard to handle. In fact my surfing is not the regular occasional session...I’m 61 now but I’ve been coaching surfing from beginner to WQS level for 37 year now and although I have great instructors at both my schools Surf School Sri Lanka and Surf School , Canary Islands [Spain]. I still coach a’s fun and I get to coach my coaches too.

So on some weeks, especially in the tropical waters of Sri Lanka I might get a solid 13 or 14 hours in the water. I don’t have to use my Ergo Indo model ..and old model I think ..all the time but I’m so glad it’s there when I need it. So now I’m going to get a Rib Rocket as with good physio the back is kind of under control but the ribs are shot with some kind of a bursa on one side. The least of my worries at 61 years of age and 52 years behind me.

But for me the coolest thing is to introduce the PaddleAir to other surfers on our courses. We do lots of intermediate coaching and often with older surfers whose spines are creaking a bit and I can even get the chance to loan it to them if their size is right. I’m sure I will be doing the same with the Rib Rocket.

So a super cool and well made piece of equipment and please keep up the great work and development.

Ciao Tim

Tim Jones... Director.

I.S.A Course Presenter Sri Lanka.
tel: 0094 764 791 638
0094 754 726 844 (WhatsApp only)

Lanzarote Sri Lanka YouTube Trip Advisor Facebook Instagram

You can learn more about the PaddleAir Ergo and Rib Rocket and their assorted benefits and styles on
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Thank You for Rib Rocket! A Testimonial

At PaddleAir, we can we can detail the benefits of paddling with a Rib Rocket, but nothing beats an unsolicited testimonial from a surfer who has experienced the Rib Rocket first hand! Below is an email, that PaddleAir founder, Dave Hilts received last week:
Subject: Thank You!

Message: Dave,

After dealing with rib soreness for years after each bodyboarding session, I bought the Rib Rocket last year, and have been using it this season.

What a difference! No soreness whatsoever. I cannot thank you enough for this amazing product, and I just ordered a second one (sleeveless, to wear over a wetsuit top in chillier water).

I am a customer for life.

The Rib Rocket by PaddleAir

You can checkout Rib Rocket styles on our website.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pure Rib Pleasure with Two New Rib Rocket Styles

Rib Rocket By PaddleAirJust in time for summer surf, PaddleAir launches two new Rib Rocket styles that sport a gray logo: The Rib Rocket Lycra/Neoprene Black Vest and The Rib Rocket Short Sleeve Lycra/Neoprene Black/Gray.

The Rib Rocket Lycra/Neoprene Black Vest, FrontThe Rib Rocket Lycra/Neoprene Black Vest, SideThe Rib Rocket Lycra/Neoprene Black Vest, Back

The Rib Rocket Short Sleeve Lycra/Neoprene Black/Gray, FrontThe Rib Rocket Short Sleeve Lycra/Neoprene Black/Gray, SideThe Rib Rocket Short Sleeve Lycra/Neoprene Black/Gray, Back

All Rib Rockets, no matter what the style or color are:
  • 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 from surfboard
  • Helps relieve rib pain for "Pure Rib Pleasure"
  • Light weight, keeps you cool and easy to use

Learn more at!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Testimonial: Rocking a Rib Rocket Around the Globe

PaddleAir is a California based company, but its lines of the Ergo and Rib Rockets are used around the globe by surfers who want to paddle stronger and surf longer. Below is a testimonial from one such surfer, along with a reply to his suggestions from PaddleAir founder, Dave Hilts.
Hi Dave,

Thanks once again for a great product in the Rib Rocket...

I again went surfing for most of this year from Indo, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Philippines and had many guys ask me about the vest.

You might recall that I had the PaddleAir [Ergo] last year but I do find the Rib Rocket more comfortable in bigger surf as it doesn’t move around so much and the air tube can sometimes be annoying!!!!

Can you make a “short sleeve” rib rocket??? The vest gave me a severe rash under the arms, so I would often wear a short sleeve rashy and then wear the RR over the top, tho I do regularly surf 6/8 hour sessions straight.

The long sleeve can be good but also can be a bit hot in the tropics and after surfing for 16 plus months in two years, surfing most days, I get plenty of time to think about my equipment and offer this feed back . I hope you don’t mind?
Anyway let me know and thanks once again.


Todd - Blinky
Todd 'Blinky' Surfing in a Rib Rocket by PaddleAir

Hi Todd,
Thanks for sending the great shot. You are living the dream surfing some of the best spots on the planet and by the looks of the photo doing it really well. I am aware of the arm rashing and we did make the latest batch with a bit bigger arm hole but have not got any feedback on if it was an improvement. We now have Rib Rockets in white in a vest and a long sleeve, the later may be a good call for you. Thanks again for the comments and photo.

Keep Charging!

Dave Hilts

Editor Note: The Long Sleeve Rib Rocket in Tropic White/Gray may be a cooler solution for the hot sun of summer and the tropics than a short sleeve because the white sleeves and back reflect the sunlight and provide U.V.B. 50+ protection. No need to wear sun screen!