As winter comes round every year and the bikinis go back in the over stuffed bikini drawer and the legs get a little bear like and the pallor a little corpse like …I get nailed by the fact that I might need a new wetsuit.
This usually happens after the years first toe numbing surf … and without fail results in an very expensive last minute purchase from a local shop. You’d think those mofos were diamond lined.
Luckily this kind of frantic behaviour can be avoided and leads me to the first rule of buying a wetsuit. Buy it in Summer. You will get a much better deal. Other skrilla saving tips include buying a brightly coloured wetsuit online. A friend of mine got 300 bucks off when he purchased a fluoro steamer … totally has the style to pull it off though and is easy to find in the lineup so actually very functional. My mother once bought an orange, yellow, black and white spring suit to windsurf in because it was cheaper. I may be mistaken for a pengiun / 80’s tragic but I’ve rocked it in summer for years and I think it’s close to being back ‘in’. Um and if you got to Surfection in Mosman you’ll probably get a good bargain too …
Anyway once you’ve got the money thing sorted, there are a coupla things to think about. Like warmth … and fit. Starting with warmth.
I would say that a 4:3 is what you need for the Sydney and south winter. Now. I currently own a very expensive 3:2. I get cold. I knew I would get cold. I wanted a 4:3. I bought a 3:2. The surf shop guys where I made my last minute frantic expensive purchase said, ‘you’re being ridiculous, you will get hot in a 4:3, buy a 3:2.’
This is what I did. So don’t make that mistake. Insist. 4:3. New research is out confirming that women get colder than men. Listen to me. I’ve surfed the morning shift for years. And pay the extra hundred bucks for sealed top of the line shizzle as well. DO NOT SKIMP.
If you are like me and have skinny legs, paddlin’ shoulders and some boobs, go O’Neil. They are made for the skinny legged top heavy woman. I have a ripcurl, the water gets up the legs.It’s cold. Sucks Balls! I tried my friends Oneil. No water up the legs.
If you’re a shapely legged girl ripcurl will be totes amazeballs fine. That said they’re the only two brands I’ve tried … so that’s all I can say. Also. If you’re size 10-12 buy a 6-8 wetsuit. Don’t buy a 10. A snug fit is better. Of course!