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    Southeast Winter Surfing

    Ive surfed for a couple of years but this will be the first year I will be breaking out the wetsuit and surfing whenever there is decent surf. I figured its gotta be so much nicer with no people/jellyfish in the water. So I was wondering how much more consistent/better the waves are during the winter months (size wise) compared to the summer? Also will a 3/5mm be enough for the coldest days/temperatures? Thanks for any info.

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    [QUOTE=GeorgiaSurfer;178971]Ive surfed for a couple of years but this will be the first year I will be breaking out the wetsuit and surfing whenever there is decent surf. I figured its gotta be so much nicer with no people/jellyfish in the water. So I was wondering how much more consistent/better the waves are during the winter months (size wise) compared to the summer? Also will a 3/5mm be enough for the coldest days/temperatures? Thanks for any info.
    [well your from one of the best spots in georgia to be a surfer at least lol anyways ive seen weeks of waves in the 4-5 range and sometimes plus but its super consistent compared to the rest of the year imo. i love hurricane swells but its usally super inconstant and chopy/onshore the most clean days with some size are mostly during the winter i love it man no ones really on the beach and sometimes you have some 50kt winds out the north blowing all night then some fast west winds kick off

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    [QUOTE=sandblasters;178978]
    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaSurfer View Post
    Ive surfed for a couple of years but this will be the first year I will be breaking out the wetsuit and surfing whenever there is decent surf. I figured its gotta be so much nicer with no people/jellyfish in the water. So I was wondering how much more consistent/better the waves are during the winter months (size wise) compared to the summer? Also will a 3/5mm be enough for the coldest days/temperatures? Thanks for any info.
    [well your from one of the best spots in georgia to be a surfer at least lol anyways ive seen weeks of waves in the 4-5 range and sometimes plus but its super consistent compared to the rest of the year imo. i love hurricane swells but its usally super inconstant and chopy/onshore the most clean days with some size are mostly during the winter i love it man no ones really on the beach and sometimes you have some 50kt winds out the north blowing all night then some fast west winds kick off
    Oh dude that sounds awesome! I was already stoked for winter season but now im that much more! I cant wait for winter, ive only had one 3-4+ day all summer... oh well i guess its worth the wait!

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    Salt water loses it's density in the winter. that's why wet suit's help us float. swimming in cold water with a wet suit on is the same as swimming in summer without one. i think without a wet suit in the winter that your board will sink for sure. compensate now.
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    Spring and fall are usually good. Winter sucks. At least that is how it went this year. We read all the posts about epic days up north thanks to Nor'easters, while it was barely rideable knee high down here.

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    Man how aesthetically pleasing would a quiet winter Wednesday, late afternoon day be at the Tybee Pier? Ultra clean 3-4 foot with a couple of dudes scattered along the peaks..........The sun setting casting shadows of happiness in its wake. A nice offshore wind around 10 blowing mother nature into your face as you drop in on another sand sucking bowl. Gruvi waiting for you on the beach with a $20 of Missouri's finest..............

    Yeah, I said late afternoon. Surfing til dark rules. Damn you dawn patrollers and your normal sleep patterns.

    Yeah, I could go for that.

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    how cold does the water get down there during the winter? i know up here in jersey it gets around mid-lower 40s so a 5mm+ wetsuit is a must

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    Johnny, most years in Jersey the water drops into the mid-to-upper 30's. And it can drop as low as the upper 20's during freak cold snaps.........and in really strange times when it's 10 F for two weeks and there's no swell that ocean can start to freeze up. Ax an ol' timer, they'll tell ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john219921 View Post
    how cold does the water get down there during the winter? i know up here in jersey it gets around mid-lower 40s so a 5mm+ wetsuit is a must
    It was mid to low 50's in the the water this year. Not bad. I used a 4/3 for most of winter. I survived without booties or gloves, but I wouldn't recommend that. There were a few days where I thought my feet were going to fall off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    Man how aesthetically pleasing would a quiet winter Wednesday, late afternoon day be at the Tybee Pier? Ultra clean 3-4 foot with a couple of dudes scattered along the peaks..........The sun setting casting shadows of happiness in its wake. A nice offshore wind around 10 blowing mother nature into your face as you drop in on another sand sucking bowl. Gruvi waiting for you on the beach with a $20 of Missouri's finest..............

    Yeah, I said late afternoon. Surfing til dark rules. Damn you dawn patrollers and your normal sleep patterns.

    Yeah, I could go for that.
    That sounds amazing man. I really hope that happens this winter!

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