I agree man. A 3/2 is not that restrictive. I'll wear it till the water is at least 70. I go with the theory that I'd rather be roasting than cold. You can always anchor in the water and hold onto the board with your hands if you're too hot. It's a lot easier to do that than paddle in and go back to your car and change into your wetsuit, if you remembered it.
i'm about 228 lbs[been pigging out this spring] so i don't get as cold. 65 for me is sufficient enough like i said as long as it isn't a chilly october day of about 55 degrees, and 68 degree ocean temperatures.
All my surfing dreams are like that... I NEVER actually surf in them. F*#!ing torture.
Same here. I usually don't even make it into the water...[/QUOTE]
alot of my surf dreams are about getting there. Seeing the great surf but not being able to surf it or when I do go out I wake up and have to pee. I've had a few dreams where I'm surfing mountain size waves. those are cool. or surfing exotic places off boats. The no wave dreams happen when I'm not out for some time like over the winter months when I'm skiing.
Know what you mean. I was surfing Bodega Bay north of San Francisco one November. Water in the 40s. A group of Chinese guys came out to surf without wetsuits. They lastes about 30 seconds went up to the surf shop and rented suits. Everyone in the lineup was laughing their heads off. We were all in full winter gear. I'm sure the locals,otherwise known as Great White Sharks, would've loved to eat them up without suits on. I understand they dont like the taste of rubber. But, we all look like sea lions in the water anyway so we're all a part of the food chain in the red zone.
I tend to keep the boots on til the water is around 65. Rather be too warm than let my muscles freeze up. Plus they give me better grip on the board. Frozen feet dont grip very well. I boardshort it the end of May through sometime in October when one day its board shorts the next day no choice but to put on the rubber. Sad moment!
Is there like a macho award for being the first out of a wetsuit every year? I don't get the rush to get hypothermia in this region. Peel off the suit entirely in Summer and you end up with jellyfish stings or risk skin cancer anyway. I prefer to stay covered up all year.