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Rib Cloud Padded Rash Vest for Women by PaddleAir

The Rib Cloud from PaddleAir gives you effortless protection for your ribs and hips.
Designed specifically for women, it is both functional and fashionable.
Look smart, feel great, paddle better and surf in comfort.
More waves for you and NO MORE SORE RIBS AND HIPS.



Are Sore Ribs Cutting Short Your Time In The Water?


(Did you know that EPS expoxy boards are much harder than traditional fibreglass and rib pain is becoming much more common? )


Rib Cage Relief for Women at Last with the Rib Cloud!


Do you ever find yourself having to come in because your ribs are so sore?
And then it hurts for several days.
Think of all those waves you’re missing!

Maybe you’ve tried the Rib Rocket and found that it wasn’t quite doing it for you?
Dave Hilts, the founder of PaddleAir, has daughters who repeatedly asked him to come up with a product to protect their ribs and hips whilst surfing.
Now, finally, he’s seen the light.

Now there’s a Solution designed by Female Surfers Specifically for Women!


Jessica Boynton is a surfer, designer, and a PhD chemist. Her science background gives her a unique perspective into the materials technology of swimwear design. She started surfing in 2014 and quickly fell in love with it.

When Dave approached her to create a rash guard that offered women rib protection as well, she jumped at the chance. So she used her passion for fashion and brought her technical background to bear on solving this problem in an innovative way.

The Rib Cloud creates a “cloud” of protection around your ribs, allowing you to surf for longer and more comfortably.

“Anyone who has been on a surf trip wearing just a swimsuit after only surfing in a wetsuit (or if you just haven’t surfed in a while or maybe it’s your first time) knows the pain that can be caused from your ribs hitting your board. We even designed the Rib Cloud with hip bone protectors to make sure we cushion that area as well”.


Jessica also added a tropical and feminine touch by accentuating the natural curves of the body with different colours and patterns.

“I wanted to create something that was functional but still looked feminine and fun”.


Now the Rib Cloud from PaddleAir gives you effortless protection for your ribs and hips.


What makes the Rib Cloud so awesome?


It’s functional, simple to use and it works!
Just check out the Facts:


  • Provides cushioning to protect your ribs and hips
  • Very stylish design, accentuating your femininity
  • Gives extra lift to make paddling easier
  • Less rib, shoulder and back pain
  • Added impact protection
  • Ergonomically designed for high-performance
  • UPF 50+ UV protection
  • 2mm neoprene front (with extra PVC padding) and lycra back and sleeves
  • Smooth interior is designed to be worn on bare skin over a swimsuit or wetsuit.
  • Can also be worn under a wetsuit
  • Great for both shortboards, longboards and SUPs
  • Also great for kneeboards and bodyboards




How Does It Work?


The black front panel is made of 2mm thick Neoprene with padded segments providing excellent rib, hip and torso protection.
The elbow-length sleeves and back are created with smooth Lycra offering UPF 50+ sun protection.
The tropic blue background features a floral-themed Lycra print on the back in peach, aqua and blue shades.
The print is repeated on the upper front. The Rib Cloud logo adorns a sleeve and the lower front.

The smooth interior of the Rib Cloud is designed to be worn on bare skin over a swimsuit or wetsuit.
Or, it works just as great when worn under a wetsuit. The choice is yours depending on conditions.

Care is easy: Rinse after use and allow to air dry. The Rib Cloud is available in women’s sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large.
Refer to the size chart to determine your correct size.




Please bear in mind that this guide chart doesn’t guarantee a perfect fit as we’re all individual shapes and sizes.

Another thing to remember is that we will swap sizes for you as long as it hasn’t been in the water and still has all tags attached.


How quickly will it arrive?


Our aim is to get your Rib Cloud to you as quickly as we can – we know you’re hanging out for it!

Most Rib Clouds are shipped out on the day of ordering and arrive safely within a few days.

If you want it even quicker, then we suggest that you select Express Post.
We will email you when your Rib Cloud has been shipped.

Additional information


XSmall, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge



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