One day you discovered surfing, you went on a trip to a couple of Surf Camps and then you realized you wanted to have your own surf wetsuits. We say it in plural becase if you are going to practice surf all year round it won’t be enough with only one wetsuit. If you are a bit lost when it comes to buy your first wetsuit or renew the one you already have, take a look at these aspects you must have in mind.
A good wetsuit will be tight enough to hold a warm layer of water between the wetsuit and the body, but also will allow you to comfortably move your arms and legs. Each brand has its own advantages: for example O’neill prioritizes flexibility and Xcel focuses on warmth.
Admit it, the first time you heard a conversations like “I have a 3/2 but I’d like to get a 4/3 for this autumn” you went a bit “huh?” until you realized they were talking about the thickness in milimiters as 3/2mm.
Surf wetsuits come in different thickness configurations. Depending on the waters you’re going to surf you will need one or the other. Also, our capacity to face cold waters will influence our choice but mostly it will depend of the time of the year you want to go surfing.
The first number refers to the thickness around the core of the body, and the second one to the arms and legs. So a 4/3mm wetsuit puts a 4mm coverage on your core and 3mm on your arms and legs.
If you are taking on a surf trip in Spain, you’re likely to use a 4/3mm wetsuit as it will allow you to surf in spring and autumn; in summer you might use a 3/2 or 2/2 or even if the temperature is extremely hot, you might want to use a boardshort and a wetsuit t-shirt. Again, depends on the water temperature and your capacity to surf in cold waters.
Surf wetsuits are made of several pieces of neoprene stitched together. A good system of seaming will make a suit more comfortable, durable and warm. We can find several methods depending on the price range and the weather the wetsuits are aimed at. Blind stitch, as an example, is a method based on glud neoprene, sealed and then stitched on the inside. This is the warmest method of wetsuit design, ideal for cold water. Altough it will be more expensive.
You can basically find two types: back zip or front zip. Front zip is esentially better as it produces more warmth and doesn’t restrict you paddling as much as a back zip. The downside of it is again the price due to the more complex construction process.
Our advice to choose surf wetsuits for Spain
If you enjoy surfing in the north of Spain in the Surf Camps you can find along the coast, we highly recommed a 4/3 wetsuit that will allow you to surf most of the year. And you’d rather experience too much warmth rather than too much cold. We are sure you prefer to enjoy surfing more hours in the times of the year when the waves are the best.
On the other side, this is an advice thought for the north of Spain. If you move to other places like Sri Lanka, Mexico or else you might find yourself surfing with only a boardshort or swimsuit. Who doesn’t like that?
Travel with us: Surf Camp Morocco
We want to grow our community of “amigos” of Latas Surf and take our surfing culture away from Latas Surf House. That is why we organize trips opened for everybody to join. At the end of this season we are going to Morocco to enjoy the waves there and many other things. Don’t you miss it and book your spot now!