Surfing wetsuits come in a range of styles and thicknesses. Choose from our men's and women's springsuits, fullsuits, and hooded wetsuits for all water tempretures. Surfing wetsuits offer great flexibility with high stretch neoprenes. The most popular surfing fullsuits are 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm, and 6/5/4mm. If you are in warmer waters a shorty springsuit or a neoprene shirt or vest with neoprene shorts or pants can be great options as well. Choose from top brands: Hyperflex, Body Glove, Quiksilver, Henderson, Akona, O'Neill, Glide Soul, Roxy, H2Odyssey and more. Learn more at the bottom of this page.
If you are in warmer waters around 68 degrees Fahrenheit and warmer, a 2mm or 3mm surfing springsuit may be what you are looking for. Springsuits typically have short legs with either short sleeves or long sleeves. The entry systems on springsuits are back zip, chest zip (horizontal zipper), and front zip (vertical zipper). A surfing wetsuit typically has high stretch neoprene to accommodate your paddling motion and mobility.
It is important to know that temperature ratings on surfing wetsuits are very generalized. Your tolerance to cold water is one the most important considerations when selecting a wetsuit for surfing. We recommend taking a look at the temperature rating of the wetsuit you are looking at, you may find from website to website the temperature rating may vary. One of the reasons for this is that the majority of wetsuit companies don't rate their wetsuits so companies do their best to provide you a general temperature rating.
Take a look at the amount of stretch in the wetsuit you are looking to wear. Surfing wetsuits that have more stretch typically cost a little more but you will find that you can spend more time doing what you love when you are not tired out from low stretch neoprenes.
FLATLOCK STITCH 3/2mm Wetsusst
When surfing in warmer waters or in tropical conditions which are generally 65 degree Fahrenheit range and warmer a Flatlock stitched 3/2mm fullsuit is the most common wetsuit for warm tropical conditions. A flatlock stitched seam on a wetsuit allows for some water to get through the seams because there isn't any glue in the seam. These suits tend to cost less and they are made for warmer water.
GBS (glued and blind stitched) 3/2mm Wetsuits
If you tend to run cold or go in waters 60 degree Fahrenheit and warmer, consider a sealed seam on your 3/2mm wetsuits. GBS wetsuits have glued seams and they are blind stitched in manufacturing. This seam type only allows the thread to go through half way through the neoprene so they do not leak. These wetsuits keep you a warmer because the seams are sealed and less water can flush through the wetsuit. When too much water leaks into the wetsuit, your body expends more energy warming up the thermal layer of water between your skin and your wetsuit. So having a suit that is sealed can help keep you warmer.
If you are surfing in colder water, 50 degrees and up, consider wearing a 4/3mm wetsuit. 4/3mm wetsuits typically have sealed seams and seals around the wrists and ankles. A 4/3mm wetsuit has 4mm thick neoprene in the core body, chest and back with 3mm arms shoulders and sometimes lower legs. 4/3mm surfing wetsuits have features like heat retaining laminates on the inside of the suit. Surfing wetsuits come in different entry systems such as back zip & chest zip (horizontal zip). One of the benefits of chest zip entry systems is taking a zipper off your back and providing more stretch along your back. A benefit of having a back zipper is the length of the zipper and the ease of getting in and out of the wetsuit.
Colder water surfing wetsuits come hooded and non-hooded styles. Adding a hood to your wetsuit buy either buying a suit that has a hood build in or buying a hood as a separate you are able to keep your over all body temperature warmer. Adding hoods, boots, and gloves will keep you much warmer than a wetsuit alone.