Questions and Answers
What are the differences between wetuits of different types….like is the wetsuit that is used in surfing different from that used in stuff like triathlons?
Because I am having a tough time getting a wetsuit where I'm at and the only ones available are the ones from a shop which sells mostly surf-wear.
Thanks a lot.
[Please no simple yes or no answers.]
Hello, hello, I'm not a wetsuit person, so just providing a 2-cents worth of knowledge, Wetsuits from what I feel is to provide thermal protection as well as bouancy to the user. And all these varies from the materal and the thickness of the wetsuit for different purposes; ranging from diving,surfing and open water-swimming
what is a wetsuit: Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetsuit
Just like: can I use a roadbike for a triathlon or probably a more contrast; a MTB for a triathlon, Yes! Just that that particular bike may not be the best equipment for the job. Likewise my reply: can surf suits be use for triathlon? Yes, I've seen someone at IMWA doing that.. But of course, I'd not advise you to do that.
This is a good read: Choosing a wetsuit: Http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/feature…
Sales of wetsuits are quite limited and expensive in singapore. Orcas are available from BikeHaus, QR from Treknology & T3 just to name a few and the price ranges from S$400 to S$950. Quite a big deal if you're just using it for A race. Check out www.triathlonfamily/forum for 2nd hand sales or rent it from synergy. Also race expo may have a better deal depending on the sponsorship of the event.
I am thinking of taking up surfing. It is something that I have always wanted to do since I was a kid and living 10-15 minutes away from many beaches makes it pretty easy. The thing is that I know that once fall and winter come, I'm going to need a wetsuit to go out and surf. I heard that summer is the best time to buy wetsuits because nobody is demanding them around that time. BTW, I live in Southern California. When are the best months to buy wetsuits? And what thickness of wetsuit should I buy if I live in SoCal where the weather rarely goes outside the range of 60-90 degrees?
Actually the Summer can be the worst time to buy wet suits, because the shops don't tend to carry as big an inventory of wetsuits in stock during warner weather. The Spring is probably the ideal time, becuase they want to sell down the un-sold inventory of suits before Summer.
But, you shouldn't worry about buying a wet suit at you stage of the game. Lessons are the only sensible way to start. Lessons can come from a professional instructor, or experienced surfing family members.. Professional lessons are NOT that expensive, and they are a wise investment.You have to learn surf etiquette (so the experienced surfers in the line up don't want to drown you), how to paddle and take off on a wave, and how to ride a wave. The last thing experienced surfers want is for inexperienced people to just grab a board, rush into the surf and get in our way. Lessons shorten the learning curve significantly. And they help keep ignorant, un-prepared kooks out of the water and out of the way of more experienced surfers.
Beginners should take advantage of renting boards and wetsuits while taking lessons. If it turns out you don't like surfing, you haven't wasted a whole lot of money on gear that you are not going to use. When you are ready to buy, don't waste your time on line, go to a good local surf shop to discuss your size (weight is import, height isn't), skill level and local wave conditions. After 47 years of surfing, I still get my surfboard buying advice from good local shops in the places where I surf. A surf shop is also the best place to find information on instructors.
I'm going to go to a surf shop today. Here in NY, the water is about 55 degrees F. I plan on surfing all summer as well. Do you think I need to buy 2 wetsuits, one for the colder water and one for the warmer? I went last year without a wetsuit and on most days, I would have preferred it.
What about what to bring to the shop itself? Like, what kind of clothes should I bring to try it on, or is trying it on in my boxers fine? How much money should I expect to spend? I may also need to buy boots, gloves and a hood.
I can't comment accurately, because I don't know how well you tolerate the cold. I have surfed and swam in 55 degree water with NO wet suit (but that was many years ago). I know that I would never wear a wet suit in water in the 60s or higher, but many people do. Unless we have a week or so of "upwelling", I don't usually wear a wetsuit from June till the end of September. This time of year I wear a full length 3/2 suit (pretty thin) and booties (surfing with numb feet sucks), but, I get a lot of use out that suit in the Spring and Fall, when most folks would want a thicker one. It won't hurt to buy gloves and a hood too, but I can't imagine needing them right now.
Talk to the guys in the shop. You have a real conversation with them, something that we can't do on line. They will be able to help much better there than we can in cyber space. Spend what you can afford, you don't have to buy the most expensive suit on the market. I appreciate that you are looking for advice here, but you will do better at the shop, where you have a chance to engage in dialogue.
Wear what you plan on wearing when surfing when you try on the suit. Most people wear nothing under them, but a pair of briefs or boxers is a smart bet for sanitary reasons in the shop.