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need advise about wetsuit - 2009/08/06 21:10 Hy surfers

Need some advise about surfing wetsuits. As on my vacations I didn't find wetsuit which would fit me, I'm thinking of finding one in my home country.
We have Baltic sea, but condicions are better for windsurfing and kitesurfing, so you can find wetsuits just for it. I read that there are differences between wind kite and just surf wetsuits, but seller told me that I could buy one of his MAUI MAGIC wetsuits, which are for kitesurfing.
So, what do you think will I make mistake if I buy such one?
I'm a beginner in surfing and paddling for me is still hard work, so don't want to make it harder cause of wetsuit
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Re:need advise about wetsuit - 2009/08/07 00:48 I think it is much harder with a kitesurfing wetsuit than with a surfing wetsuit.
the surfing wetsuit is much more flexible in the areas of the suit that must be flexible for paddling. for example the shoulder.
I don't know differnces of the neopren between kitesurfing and surfing wetsuits. but you are longer "not in the water" while you kitesurf than while you serve. perhaps there are differnces, too.

What kind of wetsuits did you try in your vacation? Woman wetsuits? Are you sure?
If you can not find a dealer in your homecountry you could try to order different suits in different sizes from e.g. uk. There are many online shops selling woman wetsuits, too.

I would never trust the sizecharts. Every suit fits more or less.
The best suit is the one who fits best. Not of the most popular company or anything else.....
And don't trust your dealer who wanna sell kitesurf suit

Questions? ASK!
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Re:need advise about wetsuit - 2009/08/07 04:12 I agree buy a wetsuit designed for surfing. Make sure it is the Highest grade neoprene-CR. Always best to try it on but you can get some very good deals on Ebay.

Wetsuit should be very snug.

Name brands charge you big to have their name on it.

Again, make sure it is CR-Neoprene, or superstretch.

Buy online if you can commit to a size.

Additionally, if you are not big in the chest, you can buy a Men's wetsuit without problems.
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Re:need advise about wetsuit - 2009/08/07 04:55 Agree with the above - keep looking for a surf wetsuit - a lot of design and technology goes into getting these optimised for surfing - ease of paddling etc. kiting has very different requirements and hence specs.

Fitting is a personal thing - a right 'same-size' of brand X and Y will not both fit me.

As for the brands - yep - you definately pay a premium to have their name on the front (and side, and back) - but you do get the benefit of their research and technology. For cold water take good look at stitching (or better fully glued seams).

So try on as many as you can until you find what you want, then buy last-years model off ebay

For what its worth i have an O'Neil 3/2 which is super stretchy and comfortable and warm.

Lastly, my favourite rant - you will find no useful information in surfing magazines - as they only ever do 'advotorials' - and since they rely on the advertising $$$ from the Big Three - there is never any criticism of any oof the branded wetsuits - come on wannasurf - how about a user-review section ?????
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Re:need advise about wetsuit - 2009/08/07 05:01 "Lastly, my favourite rant - you will find no useful information in surfing magazines - as they only ever do 'advotorials' - and since they rely on the advertising $$$ from the Big Three - there is never any criticism of any of the branded wetsuits - come on wannasurf - how about a user-review section ?????" ~Pisco23

Very true and a great idea!
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Re:need advise about wetsuit - 2009/08/07 16:10 Really no new advice here, but I just wanna ad that unless you are absolutely sure of what size you are, I would avoid wasting money buying online. You may buy a large thinking your a large, for example, and end up being a large tall!! (true story, haha, for me anyway) So try and find a suit that you are able to try on, start by looking for a suit that fits what you wanna surf in the coldest conditions you will surf. Boots and gloves go along with it for the cold months, then just strip down til you don't need it anything at all! I recommend anything with welded seams and possibly a zipperless entry, if you really want to get fancy, haha! Anyway, asking advice for buying a wetsuit is tough, it's like telling someone that you want to buy a car, but do not know what kind, make, model, style, year, or type! Good luck though! I recommend anything Billabong or O'neill, swear buy em!!
Peace
J
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