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How to Buy a Wetsuit:

Buying a surf wetsuit can be an intimidating proce

ss, but with the right information, you can make an informed purchase that will keep you warm and comfortable in the water. In this blog, we’ll take you through the key factors to consider when buying a surf wetsuit.

  1. Thickness: The thickness of a wetsuit is one of the most important factors to consider when making a purchase. The thicker the suit, the warmer it will keep you in the water. A 3/2mm wetsuit is suitable for warmer waters (around 60-65°F), while a 4/3mm wetsuit is ideal for colder temperatures (around 54-59°F). If you’re surfing in very cold water, consider a 5/4mm wetsuit.

  2. Material: The material used to make a wetsuit is also important. Neoprene is the most common material used in wetsuits, as it is stretchy, durable, and provides good insulation. Look for wetsuits made from high-quality neoprene, such as limestone-based neoprene, which is more eco-friendly and provides better insulation.

  3. Fit: A wetsuit should fit snugly, but not be too tight. A wetsuit that is too tight will restrict your movements and be uncomfortable, while one that is too loose will not provide adequate insulation. Make sure to try on a wetsuit before you buy it, and consider going up a size if you’re in between sizes.

  4. Style: Wetsuits come in a variety of styles, including full suits, spring suits, and shorties. Full suits cover the entire body and provide the most insulation, while spring suits are short-sleeved and short-legged, and are ideal for warmer water. Shorties are even shorter and provide minimal insulation, but are great for hot summer days.

  5. Brand: Consider purchasing a wetsuit from a reputable brand that has a proven track record of producing high-quality wetsuits. Look for brands that offer warranties and have good customer service, so you can get the support you need if you have any issues with your wetsuit.

  6. Price: Wetsuits range in price from a a hundred dollars to few hundred dollars. It’s important to consider your budget when making a purchase, but keep in mind that a high-quality wetsuit is an investment that will last for several years if taken care of properly. A wetsuit that is manufactured with more environmentally friendly processes will cost more.

In conclusion, a surf wetsuit is an essential piece of equipment for any surfer. By considering the factors outlined above, you can make an informed purchase that will keep you warm and comfortable in the water. Don't hesitate to ask for advice from experienced surfers or visit a surf shop to try on different wetsuits and get a feel for the best fit. Happy surfing!

On the Central Coast of California count on wearing a 4/3mm most of the year while incorporating boots and a hood during winter months. In Southern California a 3/2 mm will suffice most of the year; in late summer months you can get away with a spring suit and even swimwear when the temps reach the high 60's to low 70s.

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