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    winter surfing tips

    i know those cold water sessions are limited on time before the cold creeps in . Trying to stay warm is key by any means .
    today in the water , another surfer asked me what was around my wrist and ankles . so i told him i had velcro straps around my ankle/wrist cuffs keeping water from getting in my wetty .) I have only seen a few that do this , velcro , duct tape , or old surf board leashes , fin leashes etc . it does make little bit of a difference out there , hope it helps a few . But the best advice for the cold water has always been " a plane ticket "

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    haha amen brotha, today was a brutal one, a thread of tips is definitely necessary. Straps help allot for my booties but it was still cold today. Best advice I can give is a thermos, vaseline, and catch a few then go warm up in your car and repeat, did that twice today and got 4 epic ones, hope everyone scored.

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    No vaseline - if it gets on the deck you're stuffed…...

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    what I learned from all the senior citizen surfers I know,that nothing is impossible when it comes to winter surfing.back in those days,wetsuits weren't that good.today u have double taped seams,anti flush gaurds,etc..guys used to use those dishwashing gloves,put like 3 pairs on and put rubberbands around them.today all u need is a 5/4 some gloves and booties.guys are surfing in Antarctica..cold water Is a thing of da past

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    True dat cep. I'm not even cold in single digits in the Drylock. There's enough obstacles in winter surf other than temps. Maybe I'm exceptionally thermogenic, but to me if you're really cold then your neoprene is either lacking in form fit and/or has holes or tears in it letting in water.

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    Not to sound like a woos, but Iam tired of wearing all the crap...but it beats not getting wet.

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    Has anyone tried wearing neoprene socks under their regular booties. I'm thinking of buying the r2 Patagonia wetsuit socks to wear under my 5m excel booties.

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    If 5mil were the thickest on the market and your dogs were frostbitten then maybe. But 7mil boots are widely available to us. I was in 36F water for 2 hours yesterday and got quite a bit of water in the boots yet they were only mildly cold. A month ago, it was 5 hours straight in 41F water and no problemo. Not boasting, just being honest.

    You guys sure you don't have rips and tears in your boots? Winter surfing isn't gonna feel like a day at the spa, what's up brahs? You guys ok? Not trying to be a TC here, just know that we have much more pressing issues when hitting the northeast breaks these months. Maybe 5 more threads about such issues posted in the next 3.5 days will warm your collective feet up. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    If 5mil were the thickest on the market and your dogs were frostbitten then maybe. But 7mil boots are widely available to us. I was in 36F water for 2 hours yesterday and got quite a bit of water in the boots yet they were only mildly cold. A month ago, it was 5 hours straight in 41F water and no problemo. Not boasting, just being honest.

    You guys sure you don't have rips and tears in your boots? Winter surfing isn't gonna feel like a day at the spa, what's up brahs? You guys ok? Not trying to be a TC here, just know that we have much more pressing issues when hitting the northeast breaks these months. Maybe 5 more threads about such issues posted in the next 3.5 days will warm your collective feet up. Cheers!
    I wear a rc insulator 5/4 and have no problem surfing in cold water temps, except when air temps are in low 30's and below, I do get a chill after an hour or so, but if air is in the 40's completely warm. Next year gonna get a 6/4 for those cold and windy days where the air has a bite.

    As far as feet and hands, different story. When water temps are in the 30's my feet freeze after an hour or so...frozen nuggets with 5 mil and even bought a pair of 7mil yesterday...did survive almost 2 hours until the toes began to go lifeless...they fit properly but for whatever reason, both my feet and hands just get dam cold. I can deal with frozen fingers but not feet...makes surfing impossible. Once water temps reach low to mid 40's, Iam fine and can surf forever...water temp in the 30's just doesnt agree with my extremities....maybe its my age or all the fat I have lost in the last several months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcoop View Post
    I wear a rc insulator 5/4 and have no problem surfing in cold water temps, except when air temps are in low 30's and below, I do get a chill after an hour or so, but if air is in the 40's completely warm. Next year gonna get a 6/4 for those cold and windy days where the air has a bite.

    As far as feet and hands, different story. When water temps are in the 30's my feet freeze after an hour or so...frozen nuggets with 5 mil and even bought a pair of 7mil yesterday...did survive almost 2 hours until the toes began to go lifeless...they fit properly but for whatever reason, both my feet and hands just get dam cold. I can deal with frozen fingers but not feet...makes surfing impossible. Once water temps reach low to mid 40's, Iam fine and can surf forever...water temp in the 30's just doesnt agree with my extremities....maybe its my age or all the fat I have lost in the last several months.
    What is with your guys's boots!? Mine are fine! I got 7 mils just like you all!