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    Unhappy Best wetsuit type for California (December)

    I am traveling to california over my winter break to go surfing. I hear that you need a wetsuit to surf there. Can someone link me help me find the right wetsuit for me!.

    I also need a board bag that can fit two surfboards. 1 short-board and 1 foam board.

    With your help I can purchase the best equipment to purchase!

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    1. NO wetty threads.
    2. NO wetty threads.
    3. There's a slight disparity in temp from NorCal to SoCal. When you say "California" you need half a wetty quiver to cover all possibilities. Very similar to saying "I'm going surfing on the east coast. " Maine to Florida would be included.
    4. Search, search, search, search, search (function).
    5. A 2-board travel bag clearly is what you need. Craigslist.

    NO wetty threads.

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    Hey man, if you're heading south you might want to consider traveling without your boards.

    You don't need to waste money on a rental either. You'll need to do research beforehand but there are so many used boards out there in shops and on Craigslist that you can buy a decent one for < $200 or a well-used one for < $100, ride it, then let a shop take it back on consignment, or sell it on the street after your last session for 60% of what you paid. Or 40%, or whatever. Even if it doesn't sell you're likely to pay less for the board than you would for the airline fees + travel bag + hassle + roof rack + potential damage. Spend the money on a GOOD quality wetsuit instead.

    Why not mix it up and try something different? Maybe try a shape or brand that's hard to find where you live. Plus, if you buy a used board from a shop that has demo boards you can definitely leverage a few sessions on shapes that you wouldn't have had access to back home.

    In a week's time you could easily ride 4 different boards, own one of them and still spend less than it'll cost you to lug yours through the airport.

    But hey, if you really like riding your boards then it's always worth taking them.

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    If you're talking about north of Los Angeles, you're gonna want a 4/3 mm and probably even booties in december. If LA and south, a 3/2 fullsuit is all you need.

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    I surfed for an hour in South OC this morning and trunked it no problem. Water had to have been 65 and air 75 and not a goosebump to be had. It was at least 3-4 degrees warmer in the water than when I was out there six weeks ago. Everyone thought I was nuts for trunking it!

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    idk, I get cold easily, maybe because I grew up in a warm climate (southeast). I'd be freezing my ass off trunking it in 65 deg water...especially if I stayed out for a couple hours...or any onshore wind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cski707 View Post
    I am traveling to california over my winter break to go surfing. I hear that you need a wetsuit to surf there. Can someone link me help me find the right wetsuit for me!.

    I also need a board bag that can fit two surfboards. 1 short-board and 1 foam board.

    With your help I can purchase the best equipment to purchase!
    Is this the same person who started the 'Hello!' thread....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    idk, I get cold easily, maybe because I grew up in a warm climate (southeast). I'd be freezing my ass off trunking it in 65 deg water...especially if I stayed out for a couple hours...or any onshore wind
    Yeah, there's a fine line between comfortable, stable, and unmanageable core body temps at different points for different people. 6 weeks ago I trunked it at Trestles and other spots north and was nearly hypo after an hour. Today, could've stayed out there for 3+ in just baggies. We can all get sensitized or desensitized to anything within reason. I wore a 3/2 wetty the two days prior at the same spots and was out for 2-3 hours no problem. It's just a pure feeling trunking it and being in transparent water with green faces. I was effin stoked. Not so stoked about the difficulty in airline travel getting home to bereave with the Fam tomorrow. Let's just say that I could hit the break with PB&J and any number of you hooligans if I didn't have my planes, trains, and automobiles flight back to Beantown first thing.

    Make no mistake about it. The warm air masses should bless the Mid-Atlantic with at least some gifts these next few days. I'm gonna go hit the Carver in this hood (a real hood) to blow off steam since it's so warm at 0100 hours. No wetty needed.

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    I meant to say southern cali. around Newport beach, blacks beach, ect

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    nope. I posted a thread about new jersey surf spots

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