you can go without the hood all the cool kids are doing it...but seriously ive been out for the last week and half almost everyday without a hood and everybodys right...it sucks when you eat it and take a few...but its worth it most of the time.
"Rule #341if your the only guy in the water with a hood..just get out"-Surfing Magazine
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.
Don't see how you can even say that. No hood???? I'm in NJ and my boy tried that this weekend with the temp being in the 70's. Needless to say he threw up in the water got out and threw up some more. I'd say still rock the hood in NJ if you get hot just pull it off for a bit then put it back on. It's april folks NOT may.
Right now central Jersey is at the transition stage.
We need hoods and 4/3's some days,but can be down to 3/2's with no hood on others.
Air Temp,Sun and Wind play a factor.
Swell,waits between rides,paddling,and mostly how much you go under are other factors.
How thick and warm your Boots and Gloves are is important,too.
It's changing so much that within two months we'll have days without wetsuits.