You are talking air temp. Grew up surfing Indian Rocks and Madeira, never used booties or gloves.
(not saying I am hard core) What beach were you at? I was in the Bahamas one time and one of the locals was complaining because it was 83, he said that was too cold. LOL
as a former north port fla resident i can confirm that people down there are total pansies when it comes to "the cold" and also this is the most epic surf i've ever seen coming out of sarasota. that place sucked so bad.
these were taken on Lido Key in Sarasota, apparently people cant take the cold because i was out with just my 3/2 and some guy paddled out with hood, boots and gloves
on a related note, I was camping in Mata Palo CR and talking about what surf was like in the NE of USA with some Ticos. About the gear I wear in winter and the pain endured getting flushed. They never experienced an ice cream headache from surfing. I had them plunge their heads in the cooler to get the experience. They were shocked to say the least.