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Rib Rocket Padded Rash Vest by PaddleAir

The Rib Rocket from PaddleAir gives you effortless protection for your ribs and sternum.

Please note that long sleeves are only available in Tropic White/Grey.
For long sleeves, choose the colour first, then the sleeve type.



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 at Last with the Rib Rocket!


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!

Tried sticking padding under your rashie and found that it’s more trouble than it’s worth?

Maybe you can relate to Roger Savage, owner of  The Surf Guru

“If I haven’t been in the water for a while (this happens more often than I’d like) I’ll generally want to stay out for hours to make the most of it, especially if it’s cranking.What often used to happen to me was that my lower ribs would get really sore from the deck of my board and I’d have to go in. And they’d stay really sore for a week or so …”

Now the Rib Rocket from PaddleAir gives you effortless protection for your ribs.


What makes Rib Rocket so awesome?


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


  • Provides cushion to chest and protects rib-cage
  • Tread-like design provides positive gripping contact for stable take-offs
  • Added impact protection for upper torso
  • Ergonomically designed for high-performance
  • UPF 50+ UV protection
  • Neoprene front (with PVC padding) and lycra body – very stylish design
  • Can be worn over a wetsuit or by itself
  • Great for both shortboards and longboards
  • Also great for kneeboards and bodyboards



Guy Takayama with his Rib Rocket


How Does It Work?


The Rib Rocket is designed in California and 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 the board shorts to prevent ride up and a side draw string to snug the garment around the waist. Additionally, it provides 50+ U.V. protection from the sun.


How quickly will it arrive?


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

Most Rib Rockets ship out same day 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 Rocket has been shipped.





Use the size chart above as a guide.


Note that the actual sizes available are in Bright Green.
If you fall into an Olive Green range, then use your judgement as to which Bright Green size to choose.
Normally Rib Rocket sizes run a little small , so order one size up if you are at the high end of the weight scale on the chart
Please bear in mind though, 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 the vest hasn’t been in the water and still has all tags attached.




Super stoked with my new Rib Rocket and with the service from Roger at The Surf Guru
I placed an order for the Rib Rocket not knowing what I was going to get. Basically I haven’t surfed in years as I have a protruding sternum and my chest gets extremely sore. I took to doing stand-up surfing which took care of that problem, but sometimes there is no substitute for a surf. So I discovered the Rib Rocket on The Surf Guru and ordered one.

I am so stoked with this Rib Rocket and cannot tell you how it has changed my life. I have been in the surf every day the last week and not once have I had any discomfort or pain. If it works for me it must work super well for anyone especially on those days where you are surfing for a while. So after 20 years of staying away from surfing I am back and loving it. Not quite like riding a bike but I am getting there.  

I would also just like to say that the service I received from Roger was amazing. I ordered a size too big and Roger quickly sent me 2 sizes smaller so I could try them on and make sure I had the correct size without having to go back again if the next size was wrong too. He was super efficient and extremely professional.”  Steve Ellis Avalon Beach NSW


“So this Surf Pirate has a somewhat deformed sternum, it sticks out like a knuckle , most painful thing any surfer can endure.  I had a PaddleAir Ergo which was really good, served me well over 5 years from Snapper to D’bah to Samoa and the Ments . Sadly it died a few months ago and since then I had been packing my rashies with superglued bits of yoga mat .. dodgy and still murder on the sternum, so I went to get another Paddle Air , and lo and behold, they have a new toy called a Rib Rocket. I went onto The Surf Guru where I originally bought my Ergo and next day was holding my new Rib Rocket in my grubby paws.. Fast forward a few days and today we had some punchy lumpy D’Bah, pretty raw, so much so that for almost half an hour I was alone out there, lots of paddling getting smashed with bombs on the head, and some long and hard paddles. Three hours later, arms lame, I went in and as I sit here I am pain free…
ABSOLUTELY pain free for the first time in months... Normally this kind of day would have me dry docked in pain for 3 days…

So yeah, if anyone has the sternum/tender rib deal,  I would strongly suggest looking at this awesome new vest   …”    Gordon (the Mad Pirate) at

The Mad Pirate is pleased as punch with his Rib Rocket


“I’ve purchased both a PaddleAir Ergo vest and Rib Rocket vest from Roger at The Surf Guru. Not only did the vests totally eliminate my back and chest pain allowing me to surf as long and as frequently as I want, I found Roger to be completely professional and a top bloke. Great, fast service and would recommend to all. All in all, I think the Rib Rocket especially, is bloody fantastic!!”    Daryl Redwood  Brisbane QLD

“I recently purchased a rib rocket from your site. I had an opportunity to test the product out over the last week and was so stoked I had to drop you an email. Three days in a row of 2 plus hour sessions and not one sternum or rib issue. Outstanding, thanks for the recommendation and super quick delivery.” Ben Ablett Sydney NSW



Wayne Carter ripping it right with his Rib Rocket at Roxy’s

Note: Where Testimonials are given, they represent the experiences that have been provided by individual clients and may not be typical of what every individual will experience.
All testimonials are provided voluntarily, without payment, inducement or other benefit and are from genuine clients.

Additional information


Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge, XXXLarge

Sleeve Configuration

Vest, Long Sleeves


Black, Tropic White/Grey



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  1. One person found this helpful
    Tony Franz

    Tony Franz (verified owner)

    I would recommend the Rib Rocket from PaddleAir. I don’t get to surf often as I live in Cairns and only really get down to the Goldie in the summer months. I have just used my Rib Rocket rashie for the first time over the last week. In the past my ribs would be really sore after my first session and therefore would revert to a soft board in order to alleviate some of the pain. I have just surfed a hard board for 7 days in a row thanks to the Rib Rocket rashie.

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