February statistically has the coldest annual water temps for our region. As a winter warrior, I am curious what some may do to extend surf sessions or to minimize the suffering when changing into and out of your wetsuit. I wear a 6/5/4 with 5mm gloves and 7mm boots but still some days are just brutal after a hour into the session.
Some things i do that help are: sitting in my car blasting the heat until my suit warms up and recently i came up with the idea of filling up my wetsuit bucket (its basically a recycling bin) with hot bath water. Ill dip my suit in the hot water before suiting up and I find that it helps get in on faster and gives me a heat boost. Its also great when I get out of the water because ill dip my frigid hands and feet in the bucket to warm up.
I saw a guy today that had a portable pump shower. I also have and see many people with the FCS robe towels.
So, what are some of the clever things you have come up with or have seen other warriors do to fight the cold?
Get a big bottle of hot water and wrap it in a towel on the way to the beach, put your suit on with the FCS towel it helps a lot, and right before you get into the water or leave your car pour half of the hot water in your suit, it will help keep you warm for 30-45 extra mins right when you get into the water, and when you get out or get too cold to keep on going pour the rest of the water into your suit to warm back up.
Half suited up to the beach...pee whilst in the water and sit on garbage bags/towels on the way home and change out in the shower. Also doubles as a rinse session for the wet suit since its to cold to be messing with the hose outside.
Before or after your session (it doesn't matter which) douse yourself with kerosene and drop a lit zippo down your suit.
...and he flamed off the forum, too! Good.
Anyway, no secrets here. If you can drive home and change in the shower. Time in the water will be limited when it's really cold, no way to get around that. Maybe on of those super fancy heated suits could work well but my 5/3 works for as cold as I care to go anyway.