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  1. #1
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    How much colder?

    So here is a bit of newb/kook question. How much colder will the water get between now and March. This is my first winter out, in fact my first time using a 5/4 and the only thing cold on me was my feet (crappy ripcurl 5mm boots). Other wise right up until I took a bad duck dive and got knocked around a bit and a bit flushed, I was surprisingly comfortable. I got a little leaking up the arms, and through the zipper but I'm thinking about getting a polyfleece to help out.

    Second question, I haven't been out since mid to late November. I'm by no means a fantastic sponger, but I felt like I could barely move out there today. Is this fairly typical for a two month lag and the combo of cold water and heavy rubber? How long does it take you guys to get back into the swing of things after a break and weather change?

    ~Rez

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rez View Post
    So here is a bit of newb/kook question. How much colder will the water get between now and March. This is my first winter out, in fact my first time using a 5/4 and the only thing cold on me was my feet (crappy ripcurl 5mm boots). Other wise right up until I took a bad duck dive and got knocked around a bit and a bit flushed, I was surprisingly comfortable. I got a little leaking up the arms, and through the zipper but I'm thinking about getting a polyfleece to help out.

    Second question, I haven't been out since mid to late November. I'm by no means a fantastic sponger, but I felt like I could barely move out there today. Is this fairly typical for a two month lag and the combo of cold water and heavy rubber? How long does it take you guys to get back into the swing of things after a break and weather change?

    ~Rez
    only a few degrees colder. what you feel now is pretty much how cold itll be for a month or two, until the air starts rising up again.

    as for your second question: yes generally 2 months out of the water plus the addition of ice cold water and more rubber can make you feel sluggish. other factors might have been at work as well (food, hydration), but yeah the time and cold can affect your movement. it doesnt take long to get back into it. sometimes it takes just a session for me, and sometimes it may take a few. ex: i surfed a lot before a big flat spell once (~1 month), and when i jumped back in it was colder and i needed more layers and it just took the session to get back in the groove

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    for me it usually takes the paddle out to get back into the paddling swing of things if we had a long flat spell. but after the paddle out and after a few waves under the belt im pretty much back to normal.

    but defiently the cold and food and your energy will affect how you perform in the conditions.

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    it wont get much colder if at all. if i drop out of cold water surfing i am back in by march and spend that month training and getting muscles loose. so by april i am back on it. wet suits r like ...... its just not the same.

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    sponging is gay learn how to surf k00k

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    Thats good news all around then,thanks folks. I felt pretty stupid floundering around out there today for an hour, just couldn't get any speed on my paddle, or power out of my kicks. Nice to know the body adjusts..maybe I'll just take myself for a swim this weekend to speed up the adjustment process. Just gotta get some thicker socks and will be good to go.

    Oh and Rich, I don't surf because I've got ****ty joints. All the popping up and down, and twisting would wreck me in no time. Not an option for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richp12 View Post
    sponging is gay learn how to surf k00k
    very helpful to the OP. thanks for contributing.


    also, making fun of what someone rides is very kook-like.


    to the OP: what everyone else said is spot on. it'll get maybe a couple degrees colder (nj was around 36 today). but not surfing for a couple months, the cold water, & extra rubber all will contribute to a more sluggish feeling when moving around in the lineup again. you'll get used to it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richp12 View Post
    sponging is gay learn how to surf k00k
    I bet most bodyboarders are equal to or better than you at standing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgnsup View Post
    I bet most bodyboarders are equal to or better than you at standing up.
    thats extremely doubtful

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvjumper05 View Post
    only a few degrees colder. what you feel now is pretty much how cold itll be for a month or two, until the air starts rising up again.
    Yep... ave water temp for Mon. Co. in Jan and Feb is in the mid 30s. It hits 40 usually in March, once the sun starts to get stronger. Local temps and wind conditions and your proximity to inlets and bays will also have an effect.