Wetsuit 101: How to Choose the Right Wetsuit for South Florida's changing water temperatures

Wetsuit 101: How to Choose the Right Wetsuit for South Florida's changing water temperatures

When it comes to surfing in South Florida, having the right wetsuit is crucial to staying comfortable and safe in the water. Here are some key factors to consider when choosing a wetsuit for surfing in South Florida:

  1. Water Temperature: The water temperature in South Florida can vary depending on the time of year and location. During the winter months, the water can be quite chilly in Central and North Florida, so a full wetsuit with boots may be necessary. In the summer, it's usually boardshorts and a rashguard will suffice. 

  2. Material: Wetsuits are made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber that provides insulation and flexibility. Look for wetsuits made from high-quality neoprene that is thick enough to provide warmth but not too thick to inhibit movement.

  3. Fit: A wetsuit that is too tight or too loose can be uncomfortable and restrict movement. Make sure to try on a wetsuit before purchasing and ensure that it is snug but not restrictive.

  4. Seams: Look for wetsuits with glued and blind-stitched seams, as they provide a better seal and keep water out.

  5. Durability: Surfing can put a lot of wear and tear on a wetsuit, so look for wetsuits made from durable materials and with reinforced areas in high-stress areas such as the knees.

  6. Brand and Price : There are a lot of wetsuit brands out there, some are more expensive than others, but you don't need to break the bank to get a good wetsuit. Research, read reviews, and compare the features and prices of different wetsuits before making a purchase.

It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast and water temperature to make sure you have the appropriate wetsuit for the conditions. Remember that wearing the right wetsuit can be a game-changer, making the difference between a cold, miserable surf session and a comfortable and enjoyable one.

Give Surf World a call for any wetsuit questions you might have. (954) 545-7873

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