Quote Originally Posted by conljw View Post
i have been rocking the 3/2 all winter with no hood in jersey and have managed. you be fine with out one but it will suck a bit if you get tumbled after a wipe.
Not smart.

From Wikipedia:
"Surfer's Ear is the common name for exostosis (abnormal bone growth) within the ear canal. Over time irritation from cold wind and water cause the bone surrounding the ear canal to develop lumps of new bony growth which constrict the ear canal. The condition is so named due to its prevalence among cold water surfers."

Requires surgery to remove the growths and hear normally again. Wearing a hood helps to prevent it.