Hang my head in shame: I'm actually an Extra Large (XL)
Originally Posted by leethestud
That's wild, those are my stats exactly except I walk right into a large or xl of almost any wetsuit manufacturer. The modern stretchy ones are designed to be tight, ya know...
To leethestud, Mad Atom, and others, I'm glad leethestud challenged me on this one. I just checked my wetsuits:
My Quiksilver 4/3 fall suit is an XL/54 (I have no idea what the 54 means).
My Rip Curl 7/5 winter suit is an XL.
The Rip Curl is almost impossible for me to get either on or off. I must use water to
lubricate or I risk a frigging hernia. The Quiksilver might be more modern although it is probably
NOT as stretchy as your own suit (perhaps I could swing a large on in your own personal wetsuit).
The Quiksilver is really comfortable. So I have two wetsuits that are the opposite - the winter one
is tight and not stretchy and hard to get on and off but comfortable once it's on and the Quiksilver
is easy to put on and off and kind of loose and stretchy.
So I was wrong about the XXL.
But I had this same conversation with a guy this week who is 6'3" and 190 lbs. He wears a large but his
chest is only 37". My chest is at least 42" or larger and my shoulders are large and my arms are 17 1/2"
at the bicep. But I don't have much muscle on my chest since I haven't lifted weights for years so I
don't weigh much for how large my body is. But my body is almost entirely bone and muscle. I do not
have much fat on me. That's why I'm so cold in the winter out there, and I always start thinking about the Titanic sinking (28 degrees) during my winter sessions (like January - March I mean). But I am in the mood to put some beef on my chest so soon my chest will be about 44" and I will weigh close to 200 lbs. That way I can shorten up a little on my length of shortboard since I'll be tippy-forward on entry into the wave! Whenever my chest gets bigger, I catch more of those east coast spilling breakers (like an extra 200 lbs of force on my back to contend with). East Coast surfers need some serious chest muscle - trust me!
My ex-girlfriend took off to Oregon and I never heard from her again - too bad, she was gorgeous! I must admit I kind of worried about her all these years - I hope she's doing well!
Apparently, my muscle and bone are as light as fat like Mad Atom wonders.
I MUST DO A PENANCE FOR SUCH MISINFORMATION - my apologies but thank you for enlightening me about the wetsuit sizes.
Brings up an interesting story. A young woman said she wanted to surf and so she needed to buy a wetsuit. She asked me which one to buy. I said how would you like to buy the wetsuit used by the best surfer who ever lived, Kelly Slater? She looked at me like, "Jesus Christ, of course I want that one". I said, "Now you know what to buy - a Quiksilver". My first wetsuit was an Xcel 5/4 but I beat the daylights out of it surfing really long sessions in terrible conditions - sometimes 6 hours in 33 degree water. I survived but got really sick once.
All right, so I have to stop into a surf shop and try on a Large and join the crowds of 6' - 6'4" surfers who weigh like 180 - 220 lbs. I'll do it!
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