Winter’s here, so let’s check out what cold beaters we’re going to be wearing this season in our 2018 Winter Wetsuit Guide.
Here’s our top picks below to keep you in the water for longer.
It might be getting chilly out there, but with wetsuit technology being so advanced, you don’t have to give up surfing just because the temperature is dropping. Surviving winter isn’t so hard; you just have to invest in some decent kit and dig a little deeper for the motivation to keep surfing.
Wetsuit brands are constantly stepping up their game, so you can stay in the water, and stay toasty, through the winter. There are wetsuits for every budget, but with so many options and different styles, the choice can often be overwhelming. Before you buy it’s good to have a clear idea of what type of wetsuit you really need this winter season, so here are a few tips:
1. You generally get what you pay for when it comes to wetsuits, so if you plan to surf as much as possible, you should invest in a high-end winter wetsuit. Look for a wetsuit that has sealed and liquid taped seams – these will keep you warmer in the water for longer. Chest-zip wetsuits may be a little harder to get into, but they tend to let less water in than the traditional back-zip wetsuits.
2. This might sound extravagant, but it’s worth investing in two wetsuits. Getting into a wet wetsuit on a freezing cold winter’s day just isn’t fun – so having the option of a dry wetsuit if you plan to surf twice in one day will be very appealing.
3. Along with a winter wetsuit, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, you’re going to need some wetsuit accessories including boots, gloves and a wetsuit hood. You may resemble a seal when suited up, but who cares if you’re toasty in the surf? Hoods might feel quite constricting, but they’re much better than ice cream headaches every time you duck dive!
4. Know your water temperatures. If you’re surfing way up north you may need to invest in a 6mm wetsuit and thicker boots, gloves and hood. Keeping warm in the water is key to enjoying your winter surfs, so check out our temperature guide to different areas on page 150. So, now you know what you’re looking for, let’s have a look at the best neoprene insulation on offer this season.
Down the Line
The wetsuit fitting specialists. With over 25 years experience, the staff know all the little nuances between the brands to ensure a perfect fit. Stocking a large range of wetsuits and accessories from all the leading brands, including Billabong, C-Skins, O’Neill, Patagonia, Rip Curl, Vissla, Xcel, Zion.
One of Europe’s largest suppliers of wetsuits and surfing hardware with over 20 years of wetsuit fitting experience and excellent technical skills to help you get the right suit at the best price. Come and see us or our shop “Sorted Surf Shop”. Brands O’Neill, Rip Curl, Xcel, Billabong & C-skins.
Europe’s largest range of surf hardware, in store and online. Wetsuits by Tiki, Patagonia, O’Neill and Rip Curl. Surfboards by Tiki, Chilli, LSD, Vampirate, Torq, NSP and many more. Plus factory outlet store for ex-demo and end of line bargains!
West Coast Surf Shop
We have been selling surfing wetsuits from our Abersoch shop for 25 years and online for over 15. We specialise in Rip Curl, Patagonia and C-Skin. There are always over 50 surfboards in stock for both beginner and expert. Call in for Ray-ban sunglasses and Patagonia technical clothing.