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    Grommet check your local buoy reading for your break at the time of your sesh. That'll give you the stats.

    You'd have to try out different thicknesses in different temps and see what is best for you. Temp tolerance seems to be like the pain scale, subjective from one person to the next. I'm a minimalist for neoprene as I'm a furnace. But when I do rubber up, it's a properly fitting Drylock brah.

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    Fort pierce.

    Yes Emass, besides me and my girl, there were two beautiful young women in the water. So graceful when they surf.a couple of dozen men were in also, really good surfers. 5-6' waves are too big for our skills,so we had fun on the reformed waves and whitewater

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    Betty, you're doing a good job of overcrowding your break with score reports like that. As for the wave height, do what Larry Bert says and just surf the small part of the big wave on the lower face. Do those other two wahines want to have some fun with reformed badasses in addition to those reformed waves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Grommet check your local buoy reading for your break at the time of your sesh. That'll give you the stats.

    You'd have to try out different thicknesses in different temps and see what is best for you. Temp tolerance seems to be like the pain scale, subjective from one person to the next. I'm a minimalist for neoprene as I'm a furnace. But when I do rubber up, it's a properly fitting Drylock brah.
    I do check the local buoy, its just 18 miles offshore and closer to the gulf stream so the temp isnt the same as it is right at the beach. The buoy says 60 degrees right now and i know thats not right. But yeah, i will just need to mess around with different thicknesses in different temps to see what works. And like waterbaby said setting the temp lower in the house can help build my tolerance more. And i dont think my steaming hot showers help my tolerance at all haha.

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    FP is no secret , believe me

    Oh, and good job Swellinfo on calling wave height!magic seaweed totally under called it by a couple of feet.
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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 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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    Quote Originally Posted by brewengineer View Post
    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.
    Alright thanks man, thats what i usually do, when that buoy reads 60 like it is right now i know its reasonably colder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaSurfer View Post
    Alright thanks man, thats what i usually do, when that buoy reads 60 like it is right now i know its reasonably colder.
    If I had to guess, I would say your buoy is 5-6F warmer than actual coastal temps. However, on the coast, we have a lot of fluctuation. It would be nice if every pier had a small weather station and thermometer in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaSurfer View Post
    Alright thanks man, thats what i usually do, when that buoy reads 60 like it is right now i know its reasonably colder.
    **** the buoy and swellinfo reports and water temp bullcrap. heres your guide.. wear a 4/3 for winter besides the early months. if its cold not gloves or booties, if its really cold gloves or booties? you will know when its really cold , if you cant stand the cold water just throw them on. everybody adapts to cold water differently, if you where boots and gloves in 60 degree chances are you will never be able to climatize your body to the cold water. id say tuff it though unless its really windy.

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