During a good paddle, many of us surfskiers have found out all of a sudden that the shorts we decided to wear that day were rubbing a hole in our backside. Actually, it might not be the back side, but the front side! And since I usually carry a tube of something with me on long paddles, I’ve saved many friends from the rash monster over the years. Depending on the shorts, the bucket of the boat, and one’s anatomy this can be a recurring issue, so here’s how to fight back.
I have experienced this enough times to become a bit of an expert in the field. Usually the problem is right above the crack. Yes, the butt crack.
There are commercial products out there for this, but since like most paddlers I’m a bit on the cheap side, I’ve found some other things that work. All are pictured above, and described below.
- Vaseline-any petroleum jelly will do. Does a great job and can be bought almost anywhere.
- Bag Balm-Made for cow udders, this is a great product. Greasy and antiseptic! Cost for a tin this size is around $8. Downside is I only find it online, or at a farm supply store. It’s petroleum jelly and lanolin, and for some reason it wipes off the hands before you paddle much easier than just Vaseline.
- Chapstick-Upside, I usually have some in the life jacket pocket, and it works. Downside, my paddling partners think it’s nasty when I use it on my backside, then my lips.
- Butt-Aid-Fantastic stuff, and it’s sold at the Dollar Store! Wipes off the hands pretty easily, but turns a bit of a funny color after a while.
- Diaper Rash Ointment-The king of protection against not only rubbing but any rash you might get. Also, another Dollar Store product!! And one day I scored points with some skim boarders by letting them have some after their shorts were rashing them up. Also wipes off the hands without much effort so it doesn’t interfere with paddle grip.
If you need it, apply liberally and go paddle!