Question about wet suites?

Discussion in 'California North' started by Foam of the days, May 11, 2009.

  1. Foam of the days

    Foam of the days New Member

    Mar 5, 2009
    I just moved to Manteca, CA and was previously living in Orlando, FL. I am wondering what thikness wet suite is need out here? I will probably be going to Santa Cruz or Ocean Beach.... Any advice?
  2. Creeker

    Creeker New Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    4/3 is the the most common wetsuit thickness for Santa Cruz. I'd recommend getting some booties too.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010

  3. handyguy2

    handyguy2 New Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    5/4 winter, 4/3 summer. Hood & booties.
  4. RubberPenguin

    RubberPenguin Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Gloves for the coldest months!
  5. Geoff Phillips

    Geoff Phillips New Member

    Aug 12, 2014
    Depending on what type of neoprene you are using. I have a 3mm yamamoto and I'm plenty warm with water in the 50's.
  6. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Geoff Phillips you're on a roll brotha!
  7. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
  8. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    To tha OP, wet suites are way better than dry suites for the dry suites are simply no fun. You need to get it wet to have fun and in a dry suite, the wahines don't even begin to dampen.

  9. M.R.gnar28

    M.R.gnar28 Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2012
    Haven't been through a full SF winter but I can't imagine a 5/4 is ever needed. Water temps don't dip below 50 and 4/3, booties, gloves and hood should be toasty enough. Been surfing the summer with various combinations of 4/3, 3/2, (no) booties depending on air and water temps. People wear strange combinations of rubber out here (e.g. 4/3, no booties + hood), so have the full array of gear and figure out your favorite outfit(s).
  10. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    don't listen to that kook with the 3 mil. You're going to need a 4/3 suit, booties, hood and gloves. If you lived near the beach and surfed couple days a week, you might be able to get away with just the 4/3 and booties, but you'll never be acclimated enough driving all the way from manteca.

    If you shave your head or are bald, you might want to wear the hood all year...funny looking at first, but a lot of people do it because it's warmer, keeps the sunburn to a minimum and it's the easiest way to avoid surfer's ear.
  11. leetymike808

    leetymike808 Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    Yeah at least a 4/3 with booties during the winter/spring. Although the best weather at the beach is oct-nov. The water never warms up like so-cal. I used to use a 6/5/4, built in hoodie, o'neill. But i couldnt stand booties so had to make up for the lack of them somehow (im also thin, and a pu$$y when it comes to being cold). Most people go 5/4 (hooded) and booties.

    And M.Rgnar go thru winter/spring and then come back saying a 3/2 will get you by.
  12. Koki Barrels

    Koki Barrels Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    Oh man, I would get an 8/7 seal skin wet suite.

    Wet suites are suite!
  13. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    So f'n suite!
  14. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Well, seeing that "Manteca" means "lard" in Spanish, it might mean that a bunch of fat people live and surf there so they may not need the extra rubber of a 4/3, so maybe you might only need a 3/2. Or if you're packing a little extra Manteca yourself, you might just trunk it there.

    Off topic: I just won $10K playing craps in Vegas, and the hotel comp'd me a Dry Suite. Fkn awesome
  15. reefscar

    reefscar Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    okay Foamy good first post question. If you haven't figured it out yet from the comments its wetsuit not wetsuite. Now that everybody has had a good chuckle. If you are a relatively new surfer (and it sounds like you are) you will need to use some common sense when listening to this feedback. The guy talking about "yamamoto" is correct. Yamamoto neoprene is closed cell. It's warmer and therefore you can go a full mm thinner than traditional wetsuits. This means less weight but its more expensive. Do your research if you choose to go that route. If you don't buy Yamamoto you will need to go thicker. Now listen closely: If you are not getting to your feet on EVERY wave, and are still missing waves because you don't have enough paddle speed, weight is your enemy. Extra weight in the arms and through your chest will make getting to your feet tough. Also, booties, even good booties make getting to your feet more difficult. On the other side, a hood does not have the weight issues and keeps in a huge amount of your heat. So get a really warm, but not heavy suit and a hood. Forget the gloves and booties until you make every wave.
  16. sailquik

    sailquik Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    I had a wetsuite once. They made me pay for the damages.
  17. titsandpits

    titsandpits Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    wow jealous come on over to jersey and rock 6/5's and 5 mil booties and gloves just to make it bearable...
  18. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    I love how half the posts in this tread are suite jokes while the other half are legit responses to the illiterate OP. Little do the responders know that the search function would give them more previous posts on this topic than any other. What a suite tread.
  19. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Wonder if they still make wetsuites? Lol original thread dug up from 2008!
  20. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Stayed at the Embassy Suites once and the toilet overflowed.

    Got some of those old hard suite cases from my grandparents that we want to get rid of. Smell like moth balls.

    I used to really like Neil Diamond's song "Suite Caroline".


    Once again, within the past week, I missed the original post date. Really, May 2009?? What's with resurrecting these old threads lately and responding to the OP?

    ...I wish we'd get some surf around here. ECSC is starting and conditions are flat, the water polluted.