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    winter surfing

    So I have not done it yet but this winter I will. Any tips , experiences or advise is appreciated. (Thanks in advance for the shriveled balls jokes.) Thanks a lot.

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    Get a full wet suit. You'll need it because of the temperatures. Believe it or not, California water gets very cold in winter(Personal Experience). Start out small, don't go to deep, slowly progress. Also, Know what to do in case you get sucked into a current(Swim sideways not against it) But most importantly have fun and try not to injure any people while you are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinusitis View Post
    Get a full wet suit. You'll need it because of the temperatures. Believe it or not, California water gets very cold in winter(Personal Experience). Start out small, don't go to deep, slowly progress. Also, Know what to do in case you get sucked into a current(Swim sideways not against it) But most importantly have fun and try not to injure any people while you are!
    dude, he's in MAINE! that gives cold a whole different meaning! buy a 6/5/4, my friend, & the thickest boots & gloves you can find. here in nj, i wear a 5/4 w/ 5mil boots (socks underneath), & 3mil gloves in the winter (i hate the way 5mil gloves, claws, & mitts feel). i also go straight home & into the shower when i get out. big help in warming back up & rinsing the suit for next time...but i'm lucky enough to live w/in biking distance of my favorite break. i know some guys who live further inland carry insulated jugs of hot water w/ them for the same purpose. winter surfing in the northeast is about keeping warm...water temps in the mid-upper 30's, air temps the same or colder...it's not 4/3 w/ boots cold, it's COLD.

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    You might also want to invest in an ice axe.

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    Get one of those garden sprayer jugs, preferably the 2 gal. Fill it with the hottest tap water you can. Just before you get into the water, use the wand to fill your boots and gloves. And then stick it down the neck of your suit and make sure you fill up top to bottom pretty good. This should keep you warm for quite awhile, especially with thicker suits. Even works OK sticking the wand into your hood, target the top and back of your head. Only use like half, then repeat with whatever's left when you get out. It won't be as warm anymore but it'll be a helluva lot warmer than what you just got out from. You can stew in it a little while until you warm up enough to crawl out of your suit with your fingers still working.

    I actually cut a leg from an old suit and slid the jug into it to keep it warmer a little longer.

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    I wrap two 1 gal. cranberry juice jugs filled with very hot water in my wetsuit on the way out (45 min) and wrap them in my clothes as I change into the wetsuit. I pour them down the wetsuit as I change after the surf. Wish I had a hot shower or tub within a mile of the beach. I also have a heavy rash gard that I wear under the 6/5 if it is in the 30's. If I'm likely to get pounded paddling out I may surf another day. Watch the air temp as much as the water temp. Clean uncrowded conditions await you but avoid going alone. It is so worth it!

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    I put hot water jugs wrapped in fleece blanket inside a cooler. Stays hot for a while. Nice to have when you get out. Also get really good gloves and boots. Those new "dipped" kind look interesting.

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    Hypothermia is as silent and sneaky as carbon monoxide asphyxiation. Pay very close attention to your motor functions and especially your speech. Slurring words = get out and get warm.

    I would look into a heated vest in addition to the thick rubber. Warm core = good times!

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    You need a good 6/5/4 suit,7 mil boots and 5 mil lobster claw gloves and you should be fine..Don't worry your fingers will still be numb when you get out, try to get a container with hot water to shower when you get out..

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    welcome to the thunderdome. 90% of your nonsurfing friends will think you are off your rocker when you suit up with snow on the ground. Just be prepared for that.