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)

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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

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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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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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: