If you've spent most of your surfing days in bath water, I'm guessing you need the full monte, not just a hood. For winter in RI you'll probably want a 5/4 with attached hood, just like walkingonH20 suggested. If you really hate being cold you might go with a 5.5/4.5 setup like the one Rip Curl offers. That's what I use in ME. For spring and fall a 4/3 with detachable hood is a really nice option. Go with 7mil booties too.
As far as "hoodies" go, I still love my teal Charlotte Hornets Starter-brand hooded sweatshirt from 6th grade. That sh!t was DOPE.