Benny Who?? Cant be you..............
i have never had a 4/3 and i survive in OC md. if you get a really good 3/2 and all the other gear it will be good. its nice cause you can use it all year round. and it saves money. i have a hurley with the fireskin inside. works beautiful
I think you could make it with a 3/2 with the accessories..boots, gloves, hood. You might try layering a vest underneath (~$50) before investing up to a 4/3. It really is about your own tolerance and whether your endurance is greater than you can last the cold. If you have to have one or the other go with the 3/2 and good thick boots, hood, gloves. You don't want to have to get into a 4/3 until you have to. Last year I think it got down to 48 or so degrees and I was thankful for the 4/3, but before you knew it the water temp was creeping back up.
It seems the water has been in a warming trend the last 3 years ive lived at the coast on NC, no complaints from me. I've got a 3mil all around mutant and it's toasty.
If Al Gore is right then in ten years we might not even need gloves. Plus if the ocean rises enough, it'll cover the carribbean islands so we can get a longer fetch on the SE swells. Stoked! :D
I was out in Delaware where the water was in the upper 40s maybe 50 with a 3/2 and no gloves or boots, cause i couldn't find them, and was able to stay out for a little over half an hour cause it got dark. It all depends on your pain tolerance, some people think the 60s is freezing and need boots where I think i could go out in a good 1 mm long sleeve top if it was a nice day out.