Today’s technology has really improved the wetsuit for the water enthusiast. It has never been better, more comfortable and with more flexibility to surf when it’s cold! Remember – you are wearing a wetsuit to keep warm! As you add thickness to the suit, your flexibility will decrease. After several hours of surfing, your arms and shoulders feel the choice you make with a wetsuit.
Features to look for: superstretch neoprene, interior lined thermal fabric, waterproof zippers, glued and blind-stitched seams, fusion tape for exterior seams and, possibly some extra padding on the knees and chest.
Prices on wetsuits do vary and there are some lines that have the highest technology at affordable prices. For me, being cold in the water is not an option. I usually go to my surf spot with more “rubber” than is required. Once my feet and body are cold, my surf session will end shortly. For booties, the best traction is with the split toe and I like the ones that close off at the top of the boot avoiding having balloon feet!