There is a multitude of ridiculously amazing neoprene goods to keep you warm this winter. By purchasing the kit that is in this year’s wetsuit guide you can actually spend most of a session without actually getting cold, the seams and fit are that good. Check out the latest wetsuits on offer this winter in SurfGirl’s winter wetsuit guide.
But how about the bits out of the sea? That’s when you’re most vunerable to the cold, here’s some tips to make it more bearable.
In the water with the right kit which fits properly you should be fine surfing through the winter. But the bit in between leaving the car and being in your wetsuit or in the other direction when you have got out of your wetsuit but aren’t in the car are the truly painful bits. So make a plan. That’s when an organised surfer really comes up trumps:
• Remember to wax your board, organise what’s happening with your car key, take out contact lenses, prepare your seat covers if you’re driving home in your wettie or any other faff that you need to do as early as possible. Not when you are prancing around in your underwear in the snow.
• Next up, have a mat of some kind to get changed on. Get a Frostfire Moonbag, you can stand on it while changing which will stop your feet from getting cold and you can use it to put your wetsuit in afterwards.
• The second that you take off your jacket, jumper, t-shirt, you are going to be totally exposed to the elements and that’s when your core temperature will take a dive. So invest in changing towel like the Robie Robes. They come in a range of cool colours!
• Don’t forget to protect your extremities as it affects your core temperature. There’s a selection of wetsuit boots, hats, and gloves available at the Orcashop, with last season’s prices. Check it out here
• When you get out of the water, if you have car seat covers and you’re not too bothered about your cars interior, get in and drive home. Try these van seat covers from Northcore. It’s a top tip to remember to take off your boots though as they carry loads of sand and often a good amount of water so can create a big mess quickly.
• If you can’t drive home then wear loose fitting, warm clothes as they’re easier to get on.
So get out there and enjoy the winter surf, just make sure you’re prepared!