I'm new to the forum...and nearly new to waveriding it's been so long. In brief, I learned to bodyboard and surf in HI 25 years ago when I spent a summer there. But, after coming back to the East Coast and being disappointed so many times, I got to the point I didn't even take my board to the beach. Well, Hurricane Bill changed all that! I'm back in it and thanks to my in-laws, I have full access to a house in Bethany Beach, year round. I have my new bodyboard (gained some weight over the years and finally creased my old Scott board during Bill (how many of ya'll remember Scott boards?) And, I will get a surfboard soon. But, what I don't know is what kind of wetsuit needed for the fall months of Sep-Nov and the early Spring from Mar-May. I'll think about Dec-Feb later ;-)
Do you all have any suggestions on thickness I'll need? During my research, I see conflicting information, so I thought I'd go straight to the source - you guys.
I'll be monitoring swellinfo closely and will be headed to the beach as swells justify.
Anyhow, thanks for a great site!
Hey man, I use a 4.3 for the majority of the cold months, if you do decide to go between Dec.-Feb. you might want to think about getting a 5.4. My friend wears a firesuit under his 4.3 for real cold days...hope that helps.
july to september - trunks or spring
october - spring suit or 3/2
november - 3/2 , 3mm boots, maybe 4/3 towards the end of the month
december - 4/3, 3-5mm boots and gloves
january to march 5/3+ boots,gloves
april - 4/3, boots/gloves
may - 4/3 (early may can be quite cold) - 3/2, boots
june - 3/2 or spring
I wear a good 3/2 up till novemberish. And a 5/4/3 through the winter. A 4/3 with a 1mm shirt and attached hood is a good way to to be economical and get the functionality of both a 4/3 and a 5/4/3. But lets not lie there is a difference.
Two suits that are a must are a 5/4/3 and a good 3/2