Selecting the best surfing wetsuit can make a huge difference in your over all enjoyment while you hit the waves. There are some key criteria to consider in selecting the best wetsuit gear. In this article I'll take you thru the wetsuit styles, sizes, thickness, and accessories for a comfortable surfing experience.
There are a lot of types of wetsuit and some type variations.
For winter surfing in colder water the thickness of the complete wetsuit is essential to comfort along with adding gloves, booties and even a hood or hat. Common water temperatures for the location the place you surf within the winter provides you with a base line for the neoprene wetsuit
thickness. In temperatures 60 degrees and above a 3/2 (3mm in the majority of the wetsuit and 2mm at the arms) wetsuit ought to be adequate, though each particular person might want to resolve if that's warm sufficient for them. If a three/2 is just not at all times quite warm enough you may add a 2mm wetsuit tee shirt that you just wear underneath your 3/2 wetsuit. Booties are optional above 60 degree water temperatures, many surfers do not wear them because they need the grip that naked feet offers. I select to wear booties because I like the extra warmth and safety from rocks and coral on the ocean floor.
Alway strive on wetsuits if attainable to get the proper size. If ordering on-line then do the perfect you possibly can to match up your dimension to the particular brand measurement charts.
For water temperatures from low 50's as much as 60 degrees a 4/three or 5/4 wetsuit works for me and if I need just just a little more warmth I add a 2mm wetsuit vest or tee shirt underneath. In water temperatures within the 50's booties may be a should as your feet are typically all the time within the water. Also in water temperatures under 60 it's possible you'll find a hood or wetsuit hat works, especially for rolling underneath waves, when the water is really cold you will get a headache with out a wetsuit hood or hat. Wetsuit gloves could also be one other good choice, although many surfers don't like gloves because they'll hamper grip in dealing with the surf board.
Wetsuit Gloves and Booties
There are some totally different kinds of wetsuit gloves available. You'll be able to strive the 5 finger full wetsuit gloves, fingerless wetsuit gloves, webbed wetsuit gloves and mitten type wetsuit gloves. I've found that the full fingered wetsuit glove with non slip on the front works best in really cold water. For water temperatures over 60 degrees I tend to love the fingerless for the additional grip. The webbed gloves can add some advantages for better paddling performance.
Wetsuit booties are available in types which might be like thick socks with out the tread on the underside and booties which might be more like wetsuit shoes. I choose the booties that have a treaded bottom with a velcro strap that cinches the highest of the booties and prevents water from filling. The heavier booties are also better for wading out via tide pool areas at reef breaks the place there may be plenty of sharp rocks or different hazards underneath the water.
Summer season or Warmer Water Wetsuit Gear.
For some folks warmer waters do not require any wetsuit. For temperatures over like 70 degrees there are some good selections for adding just slightly extra warmth. You'll be able to strive 1mm to 3mm wetsuit vests, zip up jackets, tee shirts, pants and wetsuit shorts. There are also brief john wetsuits, which cover from above the knees to the neck, Short johns could be brief sleeve or no sleeve. There are additionally whats know as a farmer john full wetsuit that has no sleeves. I've typically worn a wetsuit tee shirt or vest for wind protection while sitting out waiting for waves and for the chafing on the chest from the waxed surfboard. The warm water wetsuit parts can be used within the winter for further warmth beneath your full winter wetsuit.