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Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby oneftonshore » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:19 pm

Noticed the Sevenstones buoy water temp reading is edging tantalisingly upwards and am itching to get out of my winter suit.

I know there are massive variables such as suit design, beach or reef paddle outs, air temp etc. but do you set yourself a water temp above which you'll definitely have a go in the summer suit?

I hate being the first of the year out in a summer suit and then heading straight in like a numpty.
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby hentex » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:54 pm

Common solution:

step1: Go into water wearing 5mm - feel hot
step2: next surf enter water wearing 4mm - feel OK
repeat step 2 - IF you feel warm goto step 3 otherwise repeat 'step 2*'
step3: enter water in 3mm of your choosing and commence summer assault, or summer float around, in which chase you might need to go back to step 2 for a little longer

reference material: The kooks book of stupid surf questions volume 1081 - rubber
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Poo Stance » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:08 pm

Tis a good book.

Also covers such questions as:

How do I put on a wetsuit?
Which side of the board should I wax?
and
Are my fins pointing the right way?
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby oneftonshore » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:19 pm

hentex wrote:Common solution:

step1: Go into water wearing 5mm - feel hot
step2: next surf enter water wearing 4mm - feel OK
repeat step 2 - IF you feel warm goto step 3 otherwise repeat 'step 2*'
step3: enter water in 3mm of your choosing and commence summer assault, or summer float around, in which chase you might need to go back to step 2 for a little longer

reference material: The kooks book of stupid surf questions volume 1081 - rubber


No wonder this forum is dead
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Black » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:21 pm

oneftonshore wrote:No wonder this forum is dead
Surfing is dead!
Never growing old together...
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby danny1 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:47 pm

oneftonshore wrote:
hentex wrote:Common solution:

step1: Go into water wearing 5mm - feel hot
step2: next surf enter water wearing 4mm - feel OK
repeat step 2 - IF you feel warm goto step 3 otherwise repeat 'step 2*'
step3: enter water in 3mm of your choosing and commence summer assault, or summer float around, in which chase you might need to go back to step 2 for a little longer

reference material: The kooks book of stupid surf questions volume 1081 - rubber


No wonder this forum is dead


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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Dantastic » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:00 pm

You set yourself up for that ribbing I think dude.

http://store.magicseaweed.com/blog/msw- ... mm-or-5mm/
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Philshoz » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:53 am

Black wrote:
oneftonshore wrote:No wonder this forum is dead
Surfing is dead!


"Surfing is dead, longlive surfing"
http://philshorrock.blogspot.fr/
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Matt Rose » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:40 am

I suppose its a bit like choosing what clothes to wear.

Please get any more niggling questions of your chest :wink: :lol:
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Leven » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:13 am

hentex wrote:Common solution:

step1: Go into water wearing 5mm - feel hot
step2: next surf enter water wearing 4mm - feel OK
repeat step 2 - IF you feel warm goto step 3 otherwise repeat 'step 2*'
step3: enter water in 3mm of your choosing and commence summer assault, or summer float around, in which chase you might need to go back to step 2 for a little longer

reference material: The kooks book of stupid surf questions volume 1081 - rubber



You forgot the essential "Man Up" part....a 4mm is for winter surely?!
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Vince Noir » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:08 am

come up here and wear a 4mm in winter mate..... :lol:
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Matt Rose » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:18 am

Saxondale?
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Leven » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:54 am

Vince Noir wrote:come up here and wear a 4mm in winter mate..... :lol:


He quotes the Sevenstones Buoy, which isn't up there!
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby oneftonshore » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:09 pm

Some amusing replies. Clearly didn't make myself plain enough, what temp do you consider warm enough? Not what some chart on a website says. Perhaps that helps.

I'm from West Cornwall but lived in Wearside for three years. No joke, first time I went to South Shields there was a bloke surfing in just y fronts and a Bolton Wanderers shirt. Personally I didn't mind the cold it's was the brown that got me down. I seem to remember wearing a knacked ten year old budget Ripcurl suit and a diving hood due to being a poor student, we didn't know what Xcel was in those days.
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby splinter » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:59 am

All depends on your personal tolerance to the cold so there is no standard answer.

For me, the water in North Devon is still surprisingly cold for the time of year. It's only fairly recently I stopped wearing a hood and gloves, most others having gone hoodless a while back. Instead of a 6/5/4 hooded suit I'm wearing a Patagonia 3mm wool lined suit. Plus boots.

This is just about keeping the chill off. I wouldn't want to be wearing a 3/2 just yet, but plenty of others are with no boots on.

I have a fairly low tolerance to the cold though and prefer warmth over flexibility, as being too cold diminishes any flexibility gained from wearing a lighter suit.

Oddly I noticed in North Cornwall, just over a week ago that the water was slightly warmer than North Devon. I surfed Cornwall in the morning, North Devon in the evening and noticed a definite noticeable drop in water temp for the evening session. I say oddly because In the past I've found the reverse to be true, with Cornwall being slightly colder than North Devon.
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Leven » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:48 am

Paddle hard, catch lots of waves, and man up. It's plenty warm enough in Cornwall for a 3/2. One of the boys here did all bloody winter in one! If there's long lulls, paddle around the line up, from peak to peak etc. You'll get fitter and warmer. You only get cold when you sit still.
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Werwulf1919 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:23 am

I'm now in a 3/2 nineplus retro in the north sea and sufficiently warm enough so you should be fine down south...but then again i am hard as fuck... :lol:
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Chris F » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:15 am

oneftonshore wrote:it's was the brown that got me down.


Yeah, Newcastle Brown does that to me too.
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Matt Rose » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:45 am

Chris F wrote:
oneftonshore wrote:it's was the brown that got me down.


Yeah, Newcastle Brown does that to me too.
Chris F wrote:
oneftonshore wrote:it's was the brown that got me down.


Yeah, Newcastle Brown does that to me too.


oneft..Were you know as Zamo in a past life?
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby oneftonshore » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:44 pm

Matt Rose wrote:
Chris F wrote:
oneftonshore wrote:it's was the brown that got me down.


Yeah, Newcastle Brown does that to me too.
Chris F wrote:
oneftonshore wrote:it's was the brown that got me down.


Yeah, Newcastle Brown does that to me too.


oneft..Were you know as Zamo in a past life?


No, sorry haven't heard of Zamo either. I did know a Yamo?

I was out at Cornish beach early today, gale force sideshore windswell and in 5/3 no hood gloves or boots it wasn't too bad. One other grumpy try hard out in a 3/2, he seemed freezing but maybe his poo stance was catching the breeze more.

Going to be a few weeks before the summer suit, never felt masochism is something worth making a cultural identity out of.
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby Leven » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:30 pm

Funny, I went for a swim in howling onshore winds today in a 3/2, and was fine! If you're wearing a 5mm in June, what on earth do you wear in February?!
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby dogtowatch » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:33 pm

Say Splinter, what size blouse to you wear? and what's your take on this seasons pant suits. Asking for another friend.
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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby danny1 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:18 pm

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Re: Lowest temp for summer wetsuit

Postby zboy » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:20 pm

yesterday I honestly thought I was in Mediterranean the water was that warm ( ere in southern Eire )as I was paddling around in my 3/2 :-)
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