Just curious, do you guys own more boards or wetsuits?
I am currently tied at 5 boards (not counting beater), 5 wetsuits.
One of my suits is an old busted leaky 3/2 that I had to replace but still keep around for warmer days when I don't mind the leaks, another is a shortie that I've had since I was 16 (now 29). Others are usual suspects. I just bought the 5th board recently so until then my wetsuit quiver was bigger.
I have 4 boards I currently ride, I have a Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 3/2 full suit, 2:1 O'Neill Hammer Spring suit, long sleeve Hyperflex neoprene surf shirt, O'Neil Hammer wetsuit shorts (like half a spring suit), one pair of Xcel gloves, and one Xcel hood w/brim to throw on w/the 3:2 when necessary. I also have a pair of Quicksilver compression shorts that I wear under my shorts. That about covers it. Technically more boards that actual suits.
But my wetsuit collection will continue to stay at 1 once I blow through my current suits. I plan to keep 1 4 mil for the winter down here and by May I am out of Rubber completely until about november. I could get by with a nice 3 mil, but I prefer warmth even though the water temps were only on the low 50s at its lowest point.
In CA i wore a wetsuit basically year round unless there was hot weather in August. But a 3 and a 4 mil will get you through a whole year. Anything more than that is just luxury i suppose.
Having more boards is necessary. There are lots of different types of waves which may require a different weapon. But when battling temperature, there are about 3 stages of cold battling suits you need to own... Depending on your geographical location.(but you guys already know that) Here is New Hammy/Mass I have 3 suits and 7 boards. But I'm always willing to add another board. The wetsuit always seems to be an afterthought for me, until I got rashes all over my neck and knees. Hate my winter suit, but love winter surfing. Its time for an upgrade, thanks for the reminder