Choosing a wetsuit can be a tricky business if you’ve never bought one before. It’s a great investment, particularly if you are a wannabe surfing fanatic. but finding the winter temperature of the water off putting. With our guide to how to choose a website, you should feel more confident in your final choice.
Ultimately, wetsuits are worn for two reasons—firstly warmth, secondly to protect you from those nasty stingers often found in Australian waters. The warmer the wet suit, the thicker the material it’s made from. Look for the two or three numbers in the product description separated by a backslash—for example; 2/3mm. The first number indicates the thickness in the mid section, the following number is the thickness of the wetsuit in the limb areas of the wetsuit. If it is the same thickness all over, the numbers will be identical. A third number refers to the thickness of the suit in the leg area. Of course you need to consider where you will be surfing and what time of year. If it’s winter or you are headed for a surfing holiday in the UK or NZ, you’ll need a thicker wetsuit. Headed to the Top End or Queensland you may be warm enough with 2mm thickness wetsuit.
If you find you tend to overhead in a full body wetsuit, opt for a shorty suit. It has protection for your torso, but leaves your arms and legs exposed.
You may have heard of steamer wetsuits. This only leaves your head, hands and feet exposed. You can prevent your extremities from the cold by investing in a hoodie (also protects you from surfer’s ear, gloves or booties.’.
Your new surfing wetsuit should be snug, but not make you feel like you’re being strangulated and can’t breathe properly, however there should be no saggy bums or knees. The neck and cuffs need to be tight-fitting to allow the insulating layer of water to be retained. Make sure you try on your wetsuit indoors before you purchase it.