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    Went out today and caught some semi clean waist to head high waves today and had a lot of fun. That is until after about 30 something minutes i couldnt feel my feet or fingers anymore and had to get out and warm up. Im thinking that only having a 3/2 on and no booties, gloves, ect. wasnt the best idea, especially for around 50ish degree water in 40ish degree air. I would have a 4/3 on and booties but of course both of those got back ordered weeks ago. Both should be here in a couple of weeks. So how was everyone elses surf today? When do you switch from a 3/2 to a 4/3 and so on? When do you start wearing booties, gloves, and hood?
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    according to most sources, the water down there is currently 54 deg...still definitely in booty range, even if the air was warm
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    according to most sources, the water down there is 56 deg...borderline for booties, even if the air was warm
    I can tell you it was not 56, a cold front just left, its not anything higher than low 50's.. all the sources ive seen besides magicseaweed have said from 47-52

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    according to most sources, the water down there is 56 deg...borderline for booties, even if the air was warm
    I can tell you it was not 56, a cold front just left, its not anything higher than low 50's.. all the sources ive seen besides magicseaweed have said from 47-52, but yes my feet were freezing either way haha ireally hope my botties come soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaSurfer View Post
    I can tell you it was not 56, a cold front just left, its not anything higher than low 50's.. all the sources ive seen besides magicseaweed have said from 47-52, but yes my feet were freezing either way haha ireally hope my botties come soon.
    Our water temp is 52F, so I would expect yours to be closer to 54 or 55. I don't like wearing booties, but once the water hits 50F I will have to use them. I will never use gloves down here. I also use a 4/3 in winter. I think a warmer core helps cold tolerance when your feet and hands are exposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewengineer View Post
    Our water temp is 52F, so I would expect yours to be closer to 54 or 55. I don't like wearing booties, but once the water hits 50F I will have to use them. I will never use gloves down here. I also use a 4/3 in winter. I think a warmer core helps cold tolerance when your feet and hands are exposed.
    52? Dang i guess i was off a little. Sorry waterbaby. So do you not trust what the temp says on here/local paper? Swellinfo said 47 and the paper my family gets said 49-52 as an average temperature.
    I would think the same thing about what you said about a warmer core would help cold tolerance for your hands and feet, but dang my hands and feet were so stiff, i could barely move my fingers/toes. I cant wait until my new suit comes along with my booties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaSurfer View Post
    52? Dang i guess i was off a little. Sorry waterbaby. So do you not trust what the temp says on here/local paper? Swellinfo said 47 and the paper my family gets said 49-52 as an average temperature.
    I would think the same thing about what you said about a warmer core would help cold tolerance for your hands and feet, but dang my hands and feet were so stiff, i could barely move my fingers/toes. I cant wait until my new suit comes along with my booties.
    It is hard to find a reliable reading for your area. This is your off-shore buoy: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=41008

    That reads temp fairly far out, so you should not expect water at the beach to be that warm. You could just buy a floating thermometer if you were really concerned. Only through experience can you really align your gear with the local water temp reports. Like with me, I know that when Charleston harbor reads 55F, I am usually ok in my 4/3 alone (unless the air temp is below 50). When the harbor is 50, I know my feet can't handle that exposed. Basically, just don't worry about what reading is the most accurate. Find a regularly updated source of water temp and figure out what your body feels like when you are out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewengineer View Post
    Our water temp is 52F, so I would expect yours to be closer to 54 or 55. I don't like wearing booties, but once the water hits 50F I will have to use them. I will never use gloves down here. I also use a 4/3 in winter. I think a warmer core helps cold tolerance when your feet and hands are exposed.
    I think a colder cold tolerance helps keep your hands and feet "warm". In other words, keeping your house's thermostat down to 65 (or less) helps you acclimate to winter temps and eases the shock when you get in the water. Surfing more often (or at least dunking yourself in cold water) or doing anything in cold temps without being over clothed, also gets your core down and keeps you acclimated enough to be able to wear less neoprene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    I think a colder cold tolerance helps keep your hands and feet "warm". In other words, keeping your house's thermostat down to 65 (or less) helps you acclimate to winter temps and eases the shock when you get in the water. Surfing more often (or at least dunking yourself in cold water) or doing anything in cold temps without being over clothed, also gets your core down and keeps you acclimated enough to be able to wear less neoprene.
    Very true. By my third day out during Christmas week, the water didn't feel quite as bad. It is just difficult for me to get out that more than once a week during winter. Stupid short days!

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    I wore everything today. But I usually get in a 4/3 around this time.

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