We have all suffered with some degree of back pain after a long surf, prolonged arching of the back as we paddle around really takes it’s toll. A new product that has come to market may be just the thing to alleviate that pain and to make surf sessions in general a lot more comfortable. The PaddlePillow has been invented by David Collins, who was struggling with lower back pain from years of surfing, and is a small inflatable cushion that simply tucks inside your wetsuit and makes a huge difference to your paddling.
The PaddlePillow is about the size of a ‘cooks’ box of kitchen matches and fits easily and discreetly down the front of your wetsuit and provides support for your chest. Not only will the PaddlePillow help your lower back, but it also cushions the breastbone, which many people find painful after a long surf. The PaddlePillow is re-usable and retails for just €9.99 with a donation being made to charities such as Life Rolls On which helps people with spinal cord injuries to surf again. The PaddlePillow also ships worldwide.
To get your hands on one of these clever surfing aids head over to, and check out, the PaddlePillow website here. If you have already started using a PaddlePillow let us know how you are getting on with it and has it made a difference to your surf sessions? The video embedded below shows the inventor of the PaddlePillow, David Collins explaining the journey to producing the cushion and shows the PaddlePillow in use.