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    Winter Duck Diving

    Yesterday I duck dived a wave and something really strange happened; it felt somewhat like I had created an air bubble around my face as I duck dived because I didn't feel the bite of cold water on my face/forehead even after reaching the surface. Maybe my hood visor helped somehow?

    Does anyone change their approach to duck diving in the winter to avoid / minimize the brain freeze?

    The only thing I really do to adjust to cold water is better time my paddle outs and try to avoid duck diving all together.

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    Lol... Dude... What do you think the lid on the hood is for? Certainly not a sun visor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFitz73 View Post
    Lol... Dude... What do you think the lid on the hood is for? Certainly not a sun visor.
    wait, is that really what it is for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarActually View Post
    wait, is that really what it is for?
    Well it's never blocked sun from my eyes and I do deflect water from my face when going head first through a wave... Lol.

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    yep, try to keep your head tucked in more and you'll get less water inside your hood.
    A flushed hood is no good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFitz73 View Post
    Lol... Dude... What do you think the lid on the hood is for? Certainly not a sun visor.
    Ha well I guess I needed someone to say this because all my life I thought it was there primarily as a sun visor.

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    if the water is in the low 40's i pretty much won't go out if the sessions gonna require a lot of duck diving. i remember paddling out once on a good head high day and went under the first set wave and thought 'damn that hurt.' then the second was like, 'okay i think i killed some brain cells' and then the third i thought my head would implode. as the fourth wall of water approached i just turned around and let it push me in while my brains dripped out of ears.

    it's weird though. 42 degrees is sorta my cutoff point for duck diving. 43 not so bad, 41 and lower is like death. i swear, one degree makes a big difference for me.

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    Oh the visor is so key. I even trim it to make it just right. I lower my head more in winter to trap air under the visor and blow bubbles out of my nose on the way up to protect my face from cold so I can stay down longer and get under bigger swells. That way I make it through and have to duck dive less. I've even put my visor against the deck of my board and trapped air between the deck and my face. It lets me stay down enough to get under waves and not dragged back with out freaking from the cold being under longer. Really only works so much though.

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    Use your crotch

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfer666 View Post
    Oh the visor is so key. I even trim it to make it just right. I lower my head more in winter to trap air under the visor and blow bubbles out of my nose on the way up to protect my face from cold so I can stay down longer and get under bigger swells. That way I make it through and have to duck dive less. I've even put my visor against the deck of my board and trapped air between the deck and my face. It lets me stay down enough to get under waves and not dragged back with out freaking from the cold being under longer. Really only works so much though.
    Thanks for the tips, seriously I never had a clue about this!