Surfing is an exciting and challenging sport that requires a lot of practice and dedication. One of the most important pieces of equipment for any surfer is their wetsuit. A good wetsuit can keep you warm and comfortable while you’re in the water, and it can also help improve your performance.
Here are some things to keep in mind when buying your first wetsuit for surfing:
1. Choose the Right Thickness
The thickness of your wetsuit will depend on the water temperature where you plan to surf. If you’re going to be surfing in cold water, you’ll need a thicker wetsuit to keep you warm. On the other hand, if you’re going to be surfing in warm water, you can get away with a thinner wetsuit.
As a general rule, a 3/2 mm wetsuit is suitable for water temperatures between 15-20°C, while a 4/3 mm wetsuit is ideal for water temperatures between 11-15°C.
2. Consider the Fit
A wetsuit that fits well is essential for comfort and mobility. When trying on a wetsuit, make sure it’s snug but not too tight. A well-fitting wetsuit should allow for some movement but not be so loose that it bunches up or allows water to seep in.
Pay special attention to the fit around the neck, wrists, and ankles, as these areas are prone to water leakage. Look for wetsuits with a good seal in these areas, such as those with adjustable cuffs or a smooth skin seal.
3. Choose the Right Type
There are two main types of wetsuits: full suits and spring suits. Full suits cover your entire body and are suitable for colder water temperatures, while spring suits are short-sleeved and short-legged and are best for warmer water temperatures.
4. Look for Quality Materials
A good wetsuit is made from high-quality materials that will last you for several seasons. Look for wetsuits made from neoprene, which is a synthetic rubber material that provides excellent insulation and durability.
5. Consider the Brand
There are many different wetsuit brands out there, and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. Some popular brands among surfers include SISSTR, Vissla and Billabong (All of which are stocked at Aotearoa Surf). Do your research and read reviews to find a brand that’s known for producing quality products.
6. Check for Warranty and Return Policy
Finally, make sure to check the warranty and return policy before buying. A good wetsuit should come with a warranty that covers any defects or problems with the suit. You should also be able to return the suit if it doesn’t fit well or meet your expectations.
Buying your first wetsuit can be a bit overwhelming, but with these tips in mind, you’ll be able to find one that’s comfortable, durable, and suitable for your surfing needs. Our team at Aotearoa Surf is always happy to help out too so feel free to pop into the shop or call us on 09 413 5760 and we can get you sorted! We also sell & hire out surfboards or can arrange a private surfing lesson for you to get out and test your new suit!