Wetsuit for surfing

Wetsuit kitesurfing

Your wetsuit is an essential piece of equipment for any surf sport. Finding the perfect wetsuit for you can be challenging. That’s why this complete guide shows you all you need to know about the wetsuit so you can select the suit for you.

How to select your surf wetsuit

A wetsuit is an essential part of your kitesurf gear and the differences between wetsuits can be checked in a few categories: 

The length of a wetsuit

There are also so different length of wetsuits, we are not talking about the Size but the length of the different components. 
The original wetsuit has long neopreen arms and long legs this is a fullsuit. 
Then there are short arms and short legs, and everything in between. Depending on the temperature and the sport your willing to do you can pick the length of the wetsuit you want. For kitesurfing a full suit or a shorty is recommended to use.

Different Wetsuits types

Neopreen Accessoires

Beside from the length you can also add additional part to cover your body and stay warmer while in the water. There are Hoodies for your head, gloves for your hands and boots for the feet. The accessoires also have separate thicknesses of the Neopreen

The thickness of a wetsuit

One of the reasons you want to wear a wetsuit it to keep warm in the cold(er) waters, so you can surf longer. Depending on the temperature of the water you want to set the wetsuit, the colder the water, the warmer/thicker the wetsuit must be. 

The thickness of the wetsuits gives a good idea how warm the wetsuit is. The ticker the warmer. The thickness is divided by torso and limb. That means a 2/3 wetsuit is a suit that has a 3 mm Torso and a 2 mm limb thickness. 

Summer or winter wetsuit? 

Wetsuit with Thickness in the range of 1 till 3 mm is considers to be a Summer of warm weather wetsuit. Everything from 4 mm is considers to be a winter wetsuit. the best way to check witch wetsuit you need is to see what the water temperature is where you wan to surf in. Use that temperature to see in the wetsuit graph what wetsuit suits best. You can find the average sea temperature here.

Wetsuit and water temp

The zipper position

In a wetsuit there are a few position the zipper can be placed. There are a few upsides and downsides for the zipper location, but overall all zipper placement are oké. 

Back zip
The traditional wetsuit has his zipper at the back, mainly because there is the less friction and don’t damaged the neopreen to much. The back zip is the most common type of wetsuit. 

Front zip
The zipper can be at the front of the wetsuit, it can be a little difficult to put on the wetsuit but there is less water coming true the zipper so you stay a bit warmer inside.  

No-zip
Very much like the frontzip there are also wetsuit without zippers, the Neopreen covers up the area where you enter the wetsuit and there is no zipper that can unzip of damage. 

Flexibility of a wetsuit

The flexibility of a wetsuit will directly impacts comfort, mobility, and overall performance is surfing. That it why flexibility is something that is more important for a surfer or kitesurfer than for a diver. Wetsuit flexibility primarily depends on the material used and its design. The tree elements for a flexible wetuit are:

  • Material components
    The most common material for wetsuits is neoprene, a synthetic rubber. Some wetsuits incorporate strategically placed stretch panels made from more elastic materials, such as spandex or Lycra. These panels are often located in areas like the shoulders, underarms, and knees to enhance flexibility in critical joint areas.
  • Seam construction
    Flatlock seams are comfortable but can be less flexible, while glued and blind-stitched seams (GBS) or taped seams provide better flexibility by reducing water entry and maintaining the suit’s integrity.
  • Thickness and layering
    Thicker neoprene provides more insulation but can reduce flexibility.That is why the thickness around the limbs are less.

Wetsuit or Drysuit

For surfing a wetsuit is most common. A neoprene suit where a bit of water is trapped and keeps you warm. Where a Drysuit is completely dry and keeps you even warmer. Therefor fit for the very cold waters and winters. A Drysuit is more expensive than a drysuit and is less flexible. That is why a wetsuit is most common in kitesurfing

Surfing wetsuits

Wetsuit Men v.s. Woman

Beside from the fancy colors there is a difference in men and woman wetsuit.  The general build is sightly different between men and woman, this is also in wetsuits. The Men wetsuits have a wider shoulder part en the hips are a bit smaller than the woman wetsuits.  But can a woman wear a mens wetsuit? YES they can, men can also wear a nice pink woman wetsuit! To see what your build is try a Men and Woman version of one brand of wetsuit to see what fits best.

Wetsuit sizes

The size of the wetsuit is very important, that because a good wetsuit fits you perfectly so you don’t even know you are wearing it, and keeps you nice and warm. A wetsuit need to be a tight fit that can be weird in the beginning. If your wetsuit it to wide, the water runs out of it and can’t keep you warm.

Just like other clothes wetsuits have different sizes, also every brand has his own sizes. The best way to see if it is the fit for you, just try one on. 

Wetsuit size chart

Choosing the right size for a surfing wetsuit is crucial for comfort, flexibility, and effective insulation. There are general guidelines to help you determine the appropriate size for a surfing wetsuit that will find your size;

  • Your height
  • Weight
  • Chest and waist

Knowing your measurements help you find your perfect fit on the surfing wetsuit with the wetsuit size chart.

Wetsuit sizes

This is the common wetsuit size chart. Each brand has his own and they can differ from brand to brand. To find your best fit for a wetsuit this is a good starting point to test the fit of a couple of wetsuits. Make sure the wetsuit is tight and closes good at the neck and limbs. this way the water can stay in. when fitting a wetsuit also try to move the arms to see if there is enough movement left to still be able to sport.

How much cost a wetsuit?

The cost of an average wetsuit is Arnoud $150. The actual cost vary widely depending on factors such as brand, quality, thickness, and design. Entry wetsuits are there already from $30. But a good surfing wetsuit cost around $130- $250. The price goes up for the specialist wetsuits and drysuits, these can cost up to $800.

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Conclusion for surfing wetsuit

A wetsuit a critical part of your (kite)surf equipment. You start with the thickness of the wetsuit. Make shore you have the right thickness and length to keep you warm in the water. Check for the size of the wetsuit needed and try to fit a couple of wetsuits. Make sure the wetsuit is flexible enough for surfing and check what wetsuit fits your budget. There range can be from $30 to $800 so good to go for the best wetsuit for you.

What size wetsuit for surfing?

There are general guidelines to help you determine the appropriate size for a surfing wetsuit that will find your size; Your height, Weight, Chest and waist. Knowing your measurements help you find your perfect fit on the surfing wetsuit with the wetsuit size chart.

Can a woman wear a men’s wetsuit

Yes, woman can wear a men’s wetsuit, and also do from time to time. It depend on your body build and if that match the design of the wetsuit. Woman wetsuits tent to have wider hips area and for the men’s wide shoulder fits. Woman with wide shoulders buy often a men wetsuit.

Wetsuit of drysuit for kitesurfing?

For kitesurfing the main preference is a wetsuit. A wetsuit is more flexible and gives you movement needed for kitesurfing. A drysuit is much warmer and for cold water could be huge benefit, but is also more expensive than a drysuit.

How long does a wetsuit last?

A good wetsuit last for around a season of 5-10. of course it depend on the wear and usage. When used every day a wetsuit can last for one or 2 years. But with usages from time to time and proper cleaning after use a wetsuit can last for 10 year.

Will a wetsuit keep you warm in cold water

Yes, a good wetsuit keeps you warm in cold water. Depending on the thickness of the wetsuit the warmth of the insolation can stay in the wetsuit for a long time. for cold water also Shoes, hood and gloves are recommended.

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