Cold Surfing (<25 degrees)

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by ThatSlyB, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. ThatSlyB

    ThatSlyB Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    I love to dawn patrol. I'd rather take high tide at 7 am then low tide at noon any day.
    Problem is days like tomorrow. It's going to be 14 degrees in the morning.

    What do you guys do to stay warmer?
    Do you put vaseline on your face?

    I was thinking of plastic wrapping these foot warmers I got and sticking them in my boots. Not sure how well that would work never heard of anyone doing that.

    Anyone got any tips?

    What do you do about your face?Anything?
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  2. staystoked

    staystoked Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    hot box your car with heat before you go out.

  3. glassyandsunny

    glassyandsunny Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    quiksilver cypher heated vest. dream come true braahhh
  4. vanman

    vanman Member

    Dec 22, 2012
    thermos of hot water, drench the suit before u get in it. like a pre pissed in wetsuit. save some for your hands when u get out to use your keys

    J3REILLY New Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    Agree with Quik heat vest. Best $200 ever spent
  6. vanman

    vanman Member

    Dec 22, 2012
    second only to the wave jet !!!
  7. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    No vaseline for me. The only "trick" I use is SmartWool snowboard socks under my 5mm boots. Other than that, keep your gear in good repair, and keep paddling.

    If my suit is wet from the session before, I'll stick it in the dryer on high heat to warm it up for about a minute. This does NO damage to the suit, because it never gets hot enough to do any harm.
  8. wavesliderac

    wavesliderac Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    7 mil gloves, 7 mil boots, 6 mil suit.
  9. 40something

    40something Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    the jobst compression stockings that are sold in pharmacies work much better than smart wool......they increase the circulation to the foot, have no bulk and absorb no water.....probably cheaper too. Started using them last year and never have to wear 7mm boots no matter how cold.
  10. ThatSlyB

    ThatSlyB Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    Thanks for the input guys, I am more worried about my face then anything else. 15 degree air on a wet face cant be good, combined with wind, atleast as far as frostbite goes.
  11. cresto4

    cresto4 Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    For the feet, hyperflex hot socks inside Patagonia r5 booties. For the face, a beard.
  12. surfrr

    surfrr Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Never done this until the past weekend, but I wore one of them compression type moisture wicking tops (like you would use for on the mountain) under the 5mm. I was very toasty and able to stay out almost 2 hours. Only qualm might be that the salt water is no good for these synthetic fabrics....
  13. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Who doesn't?
  14. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I have never had a problem... I just go out. Had a friend that put Vaseline on his face- I don't think it helped. Just try to keep the back of your head into the wind