A guide to surfing wet suits
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Surf wetsuits are a breed of their own. First, there are cool surfer dude names that are used to describe the different types of surf wetsuits.
Short johns are like feather suits, but without sleeves and are usually 2mm thick. Long johns have full legs and are usually about 2mm thick. Full suits are self-explanatory, the most commonly used ones – especially in colder waters – the thickness of which is determined by the temperature of the water in which the surfer is normally located.
Another difference when surfing wet suits is that many have two layers of material and the area under the arms is thinner than the rest for easier arm movements critical to good surfing performance. In addition, it is common for surfers to add an extra spandex suit under their wetsuits when venturing into cooler waters.
Surf wet suits have to be more flexible in the upper body and shoulder area than diving wet suits to facilitate balancing and control of the surfer. The knee areas are particularly sensitive because the surfer constantly shifts his weight to keep his balance.
If the knee areas do not move easily and do not stretch during this movement, they inhibit the surfer and cause the suit to tear at the knees over time.
Unlike other wetsuits, it’s not as important in wet suits as in wetsuits. And due to the ability to move around in a suit, gender-specific production is mandatory.