Vaikobi UV shorts 

Vaikobi UV Sun Protective Clothing For Watersports

 Vaikobi’s UV collection is designed to protect paddlers, sailors and ocean athletes from harmful sun damage while maximising your time on the water. Our range of rashies, short sleeve tees, paddling shorts, leggings and sun shirts will keep the rays off skin. All of our products have stood the test of the harsh Australian sun to ensure the highest level of protection for wearers.

High Coverage Clothing 

Our UV collection is designed to cover the most skin possible, without restricting performance. Vaikobi UV rashies are perfect for almost every watersport you can think of during Summer, both on the surface and under the water. Combine our lightweight paddle pants, leggings, long sleeve tees, and long sleeve rash shirts for maximum coverage.  

Shorts for Summer

Our paddle shorts are also extremely popular and have padded seats for extra comfort while downwind paddling, surf skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Both women’s and men’s cuts are available. 

UV collection for Youth 

Vaikobi UV long sleeve rashies are also available in youth sizing to protect the whole family come Summer. They have an ergonomic cut and construction to suit smaller growing bodies, and are quick dry to prevent discomfort. Pick out the best gear for your child by following our guidelines


While a life jacket is not mandatory for inshore paddle boarders, the benefits of wearing a life jacket in on a SUP is the ability to stand out (be visible on the water) with a brightly coloured life jacket, and the benefit of being able to take water with you in a hydration bladder that fits into your PFD. Find out what to take for a great day out paddle boarding.

Life jackets do not have an expiry date, but there are several things to watch out for as your PDF life jacket gets used over time. Stay safe and find out more about PFD expiry dates in our article: Do life jackets have an expiry date.

Different states within Australia have different rules around wearing PFDs while kayaking, as do other countries around the world. Please check with your local waterways authority before kayaking alone. Find out more in our comprehensive article to find out if you need a life jacket for kayaking.

Swim vests are worn to help aid a neutral swimming position and are mostly worn by young children. A life jacket is different to a swim vest in that is has an official buoyancy rating and is not designed for stroke swimming, rather to keep you safe in the event of an emergency.

A PFD life jacket is a personal floatation device which has a safety and buoyancy rating for keeping adults or children afloat in the water. All Vaikobi PFDs have a buoyancy rating above the minimum floatation required, which is ISO 12402-5 certification. Find out more in this article: How to choose the right PFD for you.

We’re glad you asked! A life jacket, buoyancy vest or PDF are pretty much the same things, but are called different terms around the world. To find out more, read our article: What is the difference between a PFD and a life jacket.