This article is about the use of wetsuits in a range of water sports. For protective clothing specialized for scuba diving, see Diving suit. For the G.I. Joe character, see Wet Suit (G.I. Joe).
Spring suit (shorty) and steamer (full suit).
Beuchat beavertail wetsuit with twistlock fasteners
Detail showing zipper attachment and cover flap
A wetsuit is a garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy. The insulation properties depend on bubbles of gas enclosed within the material, which reduce its ability to conduct heat. The bubbles also give the wetsuit a low density, providing buoyancy in water.
Hugh Bradner, a University of California, Berkeley physicist invented the modern wetsuit in 1952. Wetsuits became available in the mid-1950s and evolved as the relatively fragile foamed neoprene was first backed, and later sandwiched, with thin sheets of tougher material such as nylon or later Lycra/Spandex. Improvements in the way joints in the wetsuit were made by gluing, taping and blindstitching, helped the suit to remain waterproof and reduce flushing, the replacement of water trapped between suit and body by cold water from the outside. Further improvements in the seals at the neck, wrists and ankles produced a suit known as a "semi-dry".
Different types of wetsuit are made for different uses and for different temperatures. Suits range from a thin (2 mm or less) "shortie", covering just the torso, to a full 8 mm semi-dry, usually complemented by neoprene boots, gloves and hood.
A nice shop owner told me to get a size bigger than I normally did (I ended up going for a 13mm.. which he didnt have )) ANyways apparently they shrink in the dryer/microwave because of the hyperflexion
Only real serious surfer guys need wet suits anyway. If you are not like a surfer dude it might be embarrassing to wear one like I think if your not really a surfer dude then the real surfer guys will get mad at you and like beat you up.
I always thought that that oneil guy made the wetsuit first.. you know - now there is a brand of wetsuits that he still makes- I think they are called oneil wetsuits- or wait, maybe its hyperflex... idk..-ever heard of them?