How to buy

  • Credit Card

We accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express.

  • Payment

Choose the payment option “credit card” during the ordering process. After verifying the order you will be lead to a page where you can enter your credit card details. We suggest that you have your card details (card company, the name of the card owner, card number, date of validity and the safety code) on hand. As soon as you have fully entered this data, your order will continue being processed.

The sum of the order will only be reserved on your credit card first, and therefore it will not be withdrawn right away. Your credit card will only be charged once your items are sent. In case the order fails in any way, your credit card will not be charged.

  • 100% Safe Payments

Your safety is our highest priority, and that is why we use great caution and the highest safety standards while dealing with your personal data. For safe transferring of customer data during the ordering process and especially credit card details, we use a secure transfer method – the “Secure Socket Layer” (SSL) connection. If you are still unsure, you can also give us your card details “offline”. To do this, choose advanced payment and complete your order. Next, you can share your credit card data (name of the card owner, card number, date of validity and the safety-code) by telephone!
With this method, we can carry out your order without electronically transferring your credit card information.

  • Safety Control

In some cases, we might implement a credit card check for safety. You will be informed by e-mail about this. In these cases, we simply require a copy of the front and back side of your credit card (so that the number and card owners’ name are legible) as well as a copy of a current ID (Official ID, Passport or drivers license). You can send us the copies by mail or fax.
This process only needs to be carried out in rare cases, and is implemented for your safety, to make sure that no one else tries to shop with your credit card!

  • Mastercard Secure Code / Verified by VISA

This is a safety code activation by your credit card provider.
Here you can find all information about activating the code during payment, or how you can skip this step.

Please note that our bank only works with Euro. In case you’re paying with a different currency, additional cost may be incurred.

  • Paypal

PayPal is an online payment service with which you can transfer money easily, safely and fast. All you need is a PayPal account, which works like an online bank account. Registering for PayPal is free! You simply need to save your account data once, and can then safely shop in any participating online shop without having to re-enter your account details every time.

  • Payment

If you would like to pay with PayPal, choose the payment option “PayPal” during an order. After confirming the order you will promptly be lead through the payment process without having to enter any further information. As soon as you have successfully completed this process, your order will continue to be processed.

If you have not completed the payment while creating your online order, you can do this any time afterward. To do this, go to “My Account”, then “Orders” and then click on “Not yet paid – Pay now”. Your order will be processed as soon as you have completed the payment.

Paying with PayPal is also possible by telephone or e-mail. You will then be sent a link through which you can carry out the payment via PayPal.

Please note that our bank only works with Euro. In case you’re paying with a different currency, additional cost may be incurred.

1. Select Surfboard Size:

For Example:

HeightWidthThicknessVolume
4′ 7″19 1/2″2 5/16″22.8

2. Select Tail Shape:

Pin-tail

Have significantly less surface area than any other tail shape. They tend to fit tighter into the wave face and therefore allow the rider to remain in control in steeper and more critical parts of the wave. True pin tails are usually the go-to tail shape for really big, hollow and/or barreling surf. Just about all the guns (big wave boards) you see and boards for super thick hollow waves (think Pipeline or Teahupoo) have this tail shape because when it comes to the crunch you really wouldn’t want to be sliding around too much on any of those waves.

Rounded pin

Is a great choice for step-up boards. You’re taking the significantly reduced area of pin tail – i.e. you want something to really help you grip the wave better – but you’re adding a touch more surface area, in effect loosening up the feel of the board a little. A good example of a place you’d ride around pin would be Bells on a pretty solid day. You still want to be able to hold your line on the wave and handle the speed that it gives you, but you also want to have a touch of looseness there so you can go to town carving on those big walls.

Squash tail

These tails are a safe choice for all round surfboards and generally make up the bulk of the surfboards sold. Their outline makes them very user-friendly and versatile in a lot of different conditions. These tail designs suit the majority of types of waves that most of us spend our time surfing in Victoria. The way that the tail sits in the water, being a little broader makes them suit waves that you are going to be doing a lot of turns on. They make your board feel a lot looser because it’s not gripping the wave as much. The increased tail area helps carry you through the flatter sections of the wave making them the go-to choice for everyday conditions (small to medium-sized surf).

Swallow tail

Are quite similar to square tails in the way that they behave – their advantage lies in the amount of grip they give a board. That little cut-out allows the rider to sink and keep the rail in the back end of the board in the water a little bit better than a square – thus increasing the control and grip you have for a board with more tail area. As a result, you can get away with slightly more tail area – making them an ideal choice for a fish and other fun types of boards for smaller waves. Alternatively, because of their ability to grip the wave face – they can increase the wave range that a regular shortboard can handle – without feeling too twitchy or spinning out.

Round tails

Sit in between the square/squash tails and the pin tail varieties. Their most noticeable characteristic is the increased curve in the tail that they add to the outline of a surfboard. This increased curve in the outline makes them fit into the curve of the wave a bit better than square/swallow tails. It also makes them smoother and easier to turn than other tail shapes. Generally, most round tail variations have slightly less area than squares & swallow tail shapes – this increases the amount of control you have over your board without deviating too dramatically from the loose feel of the squash/square/swallow tail shapes.

Every Board has different attributes, you would choose depending on the model.

3. Construction & Glassing

Construction

Glassing

PU (Fiberglass): Polyurethane (PU) construction uses an industry standard foam combined with a wooden stringer that is denser then Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), providing a smoother ride with additional flex.Standard
EPS (Epoxy): Polyurethane Foam with Epoxy Resin in an upgraded versión of your traditional PU board with a high-grade wooden stringer and laminated using fiberglass cloth and an exclusive epoxy resin. It is proven to be 5 times stronger with a lively flex pattern, also helping reduce yellowing over time. Please Note, Epoxy surfboards can take up to 4 weeks longer to manufacture.Team Lite
Extra Strong

4. To be written on board. Select the text you would like to write on your board

Every Board has different attributes, you would choose depending on the model.
 

5. Select Fin Layout & System

SINGLE FIN

A single fin box is most common on longboards and is the most traditional surfboard fin configuration. Turning with a single fin is limited, meaning single fins are ideal for fast, straight shot surfing. Single fins will provide stability, control, and predictability to your longboard. Longboard single fin boxes are long and allow you to move the fin forward for a looser feel, or further back for more control.

TWIN FIN

Twin fins or a dual fin configuration will make your surfboard fun, playful, and maneuverable. Two fin setups are not ideal for big-wave riding and are commonly featured on shortboards to enhance their speed. Twin fins offer a skater feel and longer, more drawn out turns.

THRUSTER/TRI FIN

Nowadays, 3 fins are the most common configuration and can be found on a variety of surfboard shapes and sizes. The two outer fins are closer to the middle of the board, angled towards the board center and can be flat on the inside in order to increase water tracking and speed. The center fin is the closest to the tail and is symmetric on both sides for stability. Tri-fins perform well because they add stability, control, and maneuverability that beginners to pros excel on. A thruster configuration also gives you options – ride twin or single if you want!

QUAD FIN

Quad fin configurations offer speed in the smaller surf by channeling the water to the end of the surfboard and out the tail for acceleration. Two fins near the rails of your surfboard will also add stability and hold in big-wave surfing. Lastly, quad fins are great for generating drive through turns.

FIVE FIN

Five fin configurations are not meant to be surfed with all five fins. Five fin boxes allow you to mix and match fins depending on your preference and the surf conditions. Swap from the freedom of a twin fin, to the traction of a thruster, to the speed of a quad without changing boards.

Every Board has different attributes, you would choose depending on the model.

Select Artwork

 Shaper Artwork
 Upload Design
Every Board has different attributes, you would choose depending on the model.

Welcome to the Surf Station’s Surfboard Buyers Guide!

We understanding that buying a surfboard can be a confusing process whether it’s your first board or your last. This Surfboard Buyers Guide is intended to make the process easier by giving you basic rules to follow and explaining some key terms. Hopefully, this guide will send you in the right direction to picking your next super shred stick. As always, if you need any further advice our surfboard experts are only a click away on live help!

Surfboard Basics:

To begin we’re going to talk about the four primary types of surfboards, the shortboard, fish, fun shape, and the longboard. These types of boards will differ based on dimensions, tail shape, and nose shape. Each is used for different types of surfers, different skill levels, and different types of waves. The longer and thicker the board the better it will float and thus the easier it is to paddle into waves. The wider the board the more stable it will be when standing up. However, bigger is not always better, by giving up length and thickness you will gain maneuverability.

Without further ado, let’s get into the different types of Surfboards:

Types of Surfboards:

Shortboard Surfboards: The shortboard is considered the high-performance surfboard. It is the most maneuverable shape for quick, snappy turns. Normally ridden by intermediate to expert surfers who have some experience. Shortboards are available in different materials and with different fin setups.

Fish Surfboards: Fishes are thicker and wider than your traditional shortboard. They are often used by surfers on smaller, mushier days where extra paddle strength is needed. Many fishes have swallow tails to generate extra speed but in doing so give up the maneuverability of a shortboard.

Funshape Surfboards: Funshapes are used to bridge the gap between shortboards and longboards, giving the best of both worlds. Typically between the sizes of 7’2” and 8’6”, they combine the easy paddling ability of a longboard with more maneuverability typically found in a shortboard. Funboards are also excellent transition boards for beginners who started on a longboard but are not quite ready for the jump to a shortboard.

Longboard Surfboards: Longboards are excellent all around boards. They are great for beginners who need the extra paddle strength and stability of a larger board. However, they are also used by intermediate to expert surfers for “hanging 10”. No matter what your planned use, longboards are always a great time!

Soft-top Surfboards: A soft top surfboard is just as its name describes – a surfboard with a soft deck top. Soft Top Surfboards are great surfboards for beginners or people learning to surf. The soft deck top allows for a more comfortable paddle and is also very forgiving with dents and dings when learning to surf. Soft Top Surfboards are available in many different materials and sizes.

Surfboard Tail Design:

Squashtail: The loosest of all surfboard tails, the squash is the everyday all-rounder tail. It has the most release in the pocket due to its wide exit area and it the most common choice for everyday surfing conditions. Easy to turn on the face and easy to drive off the bottom.

Roundtail: The roundtail is all about doing smooth turns. If you are looking to polish your style, check out a roundtail. Smooth, flowy turns and drawn out carves can be associated with them. Not the most release in the pocket but still enough to ride in everyday conditions. Not a great groveler at all.

Thumb tail: It is essentially a wide roundtail. It allows for more release in the pocket than the roundtail, but not as much drive due to its wider outline.

Swallowtail: The cut of the swallowtail allows for the tightest turning arc. Pivots easily and changes direction quickly. Great in clean waves and on quads and twin fins.

Diamond tail: A cousin of the squash tail. Turns like a board an inch shorter due to its shorter rail line, but has the drive of a taller board. Lots of releases, but tight on a rail.

Pintail: Drive, drive, drive. But with limited mobility. Great for guns or step-ups.

Surfboard Rail Design:

Full Rails: A lot of flotation due to flatter deck but limited turning ability due to extra foam on the sensitive part of rails. Great for big guys or short small wave boards.

Hard Rails: A lot of drive but limited mobility due to hard edge running length of the board. Great for heavy back footed surfers..ie Taylor Knox

Soft Rails: Turns easily but less drive than a regular rail, user-friendly!

Surfboard Rocker:

Less Nose Rocker: Fast take off speed but limited pocket turning radius. Holds speed thru sections. Great for grovelers or at a pointbreak.

More Nose Rocker: Really maneuverable but not a great speed generator. Not great for mushy waves excels in dumpy, hollow waves of any size.

Less Tail Rocker: Great speed generator but hard to turn and change direction quickly.

More Tail Rocker: Really maneuverable but not as fast thru turns. Turns great and is best for average or fast-breaking waves.

Surfboard Fins:

Pretty basic: bigger fins for bigger guys and smaller fins for smaller guys.

More Rake Fins: Fins with more rake turn easier, fins with less rake and a wider base have more drive.

Narrow Tip Fins: Fins with a narrow tip have more release and fins with a wider tip hold better during turns and generally are looser.

Foil Fins: Fins with a foil hold well thru rail turns and flat foiled fins have more release. The lighter the fin, the lighter your tail, the more maneuverability you have. If your board is too skatey, but fiberglass fins in there to weigh down the tail, thus adding the drive.

We hope this helps you with your surfboard selection. If you have any questions regarding the above information or on anything regarding surfboards, please hit us up on our online LiveChat available M – F 8 am – 9 pm. Leave a message after hours and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

When buying a wetsuit you need to make sure it fits you correctly. Buying an ill-fitting wetsuit can be a waste of money as it’s not going to keep you warm in the water. We recommend that before you buy a wetsuit check the size chart.

Be aware that every manufacturer uses a slightly different standard, just because you buy a medium t-shirt doesn’t mean you’re a medium wetsuit. We’re all different shapes and sizes and you may find that some brands of wetsuit will fit your body shape better than others. If you find that you are between two sizes, then we would suggest choosing the size that you are closest to.

Please Note: Not all sizes are available across all styles and brands, please check individual wetsuit listings.

Billabong wetsuits offer great value, their winter wetsuits and summer wetsuits are offered in all the standard sizes.

SSTMSMMT
Height168 – 173cm173 – 183cm168 – 175cm175 – 180cm180 – 185cm
5’6″-5’8″5’8″ – 6’0″5’6″ – 5’9″5’9″ – 5’11”5’11” – 6’1″
Weight135 – 150lbs145 – 160lbs145 – 160lbs155 – 170lbs165 – 180lbs
61 – 68kg66 – 73kg66 – 73kg70 – 77kg75 – 82kg
Chest93 – 98cm94 – 98cm98 – 103cm98 – 103cm100 – 103cm
36″ – 38″37″ – 38″38″ – 40″38″ – 40″39″ – 40″
Waist74 – 79cm74 – 79cm76 – 81cm79 – 84cm79 – 84cm
29″ – 31″29″ – 31″30″ – 32″31″ – 33″31″ – 33″
LSLLTXLXXL
Height170 – 175cm180 – 185cm185 – 191cm183 – 191cm185 – 195cm
5’7″ – 5’9″5’11” – 6’1″6′ 1″ – 6′ 3″6’0″ – 6’3″6’1″ – 6’4″
Weight165 – 180lbs175 – 190lbs185 – 200lbs190 – 205lbs205 – 220lbs
75 – 82kg79 – 85kg84 – 91kg85 – 93kg93 – 100kg
Chest104 – 109cm104 – 109cm104 – 109cm109 – 112cm112 – 117cm
41″ – 43″41″ – 43″41″ – 43″43″ – 44″43″ – 44″
Waist84 – 89cm83 – 88cm84 – 89cm91 – 97cm97 – 102cm
33″ – 35″32.5″ – 34.5″33″ – 35″36″ – 38″38″ – 40″

C-Skins make cold water wetsuits that are designed in Northern Europe, their experience in cold water environments and commitment to value makes them a good choice for the committed surfer.

SSTMSMMTML
Height167-172cm175-182cm170-175cm173-178cm180-183cm177-182cm
5’6- 5’8″5’9″-6’0″5’7″- 5’9″5’8″- 5’10”5’11”- 6’0″5’9″- 5’11”
Chest94cm94cm96.5cm99cm99cm101.5cm
37″37″38″39″39″40″
Waist77.5cm77.5cm80cm82.5cm82.5cm85cm
30.5″30.5″31.5″32.5″32.5″33.5″
MLTLSLLTXLSXLXLT
Height185-191cm170-175cm178-183cm185-191cm178-183cm182-188cm191-198cm
6’1″- 6’3″5’7″-5’9″5’10”- 6’0″6’1″- 6’3″5’10”- 6’0″5’11”- 6’2″6’3″- 6’6″
Chest101.5cm104cm104cm104cm109cm109cm109cm
40″41″41″41″43″43″43″
Waist85cm87.5cm87.5cm87.5cm93cm93cm93cm
33.5″34.5″34.5″34.5″36.5″36.5″36.5″

Hurley have re-launched their wetsuit range, they’re focused on performance and warmth and they feature the signature Hurley two stripe branding.

SMSMMTLSLLTXL
Height5’7″ – 5’8″5’6″ – 5’8″5’8″ – 5’10”6’0″ – 6’3″5’6″ – 5’9″5’10” – 6’0″6’2″ – 6’4″5’10” – 6’2″
Weight in pounds120 – 135140 – 155140 – 160155 – 170160 – 180170 – 185170 – 185190 – 215

ION wetsuits combine high quality products wrapped in a progressive style and design.

XSSMLXLXL
Height168 – 175cm173 – 178cm176 – 181cm180 – 185cm183 – 188cm186 – 191cm
5’6″ – 5’8″5’8″ – 5’105’9″ – 5’11”5’11” – 6’1″6’0″ – 6’2″6’1″ – 6’3″
Weight57 – 64kg61 – 71kg68 – 79kg77 – 88kg86 – 98kg96 – 105kg
125 – 140135 – 155150 – 175170 – 195190 – 215210 – 230
Chest86 – 91cm92 – 96cm96 – 100cm100 – 106cm106 – 111cm111 – 116cm
34 – 36″36 – 38″38 – 40″40 – 42″42 – 44″44 – 46″
STallMTallLTallXLTallMSmallLSmallXLSmall
Height176 – 181cm178 – 183cm183 – 188cm186 – 191cm176 – 181cm180 – 185cm183 – 188cm
5’9″ – 6’11”6’10” – 6’0″6’0′ – 6’2″6’1″ – 6’3″5’9″ – 5’11”5’11” – 6’1″6’0″ – 6’2″
Weight64 – 75kg73 – 84kg82 – 93kg91 – 100kg72 – 88kg81 – 92kg90 – 102kg
140 – 165160 – 185180 – 205200 – 220158 – 194178 – 202198 – 224
Chest92 – 96cm96 – 100cm100 – 106cm106 – 112cm101 – 105cm105 – 110cm109 – 114cm
36 – 38″38 – 40″40 – 42″42 – 44″39 – 41″41 – 44″42 – 45″

Isurus sponsor big wave world champion Grant Twiggy Baker, they combine compression technology which is commonly used by elite athletes in other sports with top quality Yamamoto neoprene for a unique performance wetsuit.

SSTMSMMT
Height165 – 173 cm173 – 183 cm168 – 175 cm170 – 175 cm178 – 183 cm
5’5″ – 5’8″5’8″ – 6’0″5’6″ – 5’9″5’7″ – 5’9″5’10” – 6’0″
Weight130 – 145 lbs135 – 150 lbs140 – 155 lbs145 – 160 lbs155 – 170 lbs
59 – 66 kg61 – 68 kg64 – 70 kg66 – 73 kg70 – 77 kg
LSLLTS*LTXL
Height173 – 180 cm178 – 183 cm185 – 195 cm183 – 196 cm
5’8″ – 5’11”5’10” – 6’0″6’1″ – 6’4″6’0″ – 6’3″6’0″ – 6’3″
Weight165 – 180 lbs170 – 185 lbs160 – 175 lbs185 – 200 lbs195 – 215 lbs
75 – 82 kg77 – 84 kg73 – 79 kg84 – 91 kg88 – 98 kg

*Size LTS is designed specifically for a surfer build with long arms and legs where an MT is too short on the arms and legs and the LT is too loose.

O’Neill has been making surf wetsuits for over 60 years, they continue to innovate and offer a great selection of winter and summer wetsuits, we find that we tend to wear a smaller size in O’Neill compared to other brands so have a good look at the size chart if you haven’t tried on an O’Neill before.

XSXSTSSTMSMMTLS
Height170 – 175cm180 – 185cm173 – 178cm183 – 188cm169 – 174cm175 – 180cm185 – 191cm171 – 177cm
5’7″ – 5’9″5’11” – 6’1″5’8″ – 5’10”6’0″ – 6’2″5’6.5″ – 5’8.5″5’9″ – 5’11”6’1″ – 6’3″5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″
Weight57 – 64kg59 – 68kg64 – 70kg66 – 75kg66 – 75kg70 – 77kg73 – 82kg73 -82kg
125 – 140130 – 150140 – 155145 – 165145 – 165155 – 170160 – 180160 – 180
Chest88 – 93cm88 – 93cm93 – 98cm93 – 98cm98 – 103cm98 – 103cm98 – 103cm103 – 108
34.5″ – 36.5″34.5″-36.5″36″ – 38″36.5″ – 38.5″38.5″ – 40.5″38.5″ – 40.5″38.5″ – 40.5″40.25″ – 42.75″
Waist71 – 76cm71 – 76cm74 – 79cm74 – 79cm77 – 83cm77 – 83cm77 – 83cm83 – 88cm
28″ – 30″28″ – 30″29″ – 31″29″ – 31″30.5″ – 32.5″30.5″ – 32.5″30.5″ – 32.5″32.5″ – 34.5″
LLTXLSXLXLTXXL3XL
Height178 – 183cm188 – 193cm174 – 179cm180 – 185cm191 – 196cm183 – 188cm183 – 191cm
5’10” – 6’0″6’2″ – 6’4″5’8.5″ – 5’10.5″5’11” – 6’1″6’3″ – 6’5″6’0″ – 6’2″6’0″ – 6’3″
Weight77 – 86kg82 – 91kg82 – 91kg86 – 95kg91 – 100kg95 – 105kg105 – 114kg
170 – 190180 – 200180 – 200190 – 210200 – 220210 – 230230 – 250
Chest103 – 108cm103 – 108cm109 – 115cm108 – 113cm108 – 113cm115 – 121cm121 – 128cm
40.25″ – 42.75″40.25″ – 42.75″42.75″ – 45.25″42.75″ – 45.25″42.75″ – 45.25″45.25″ – 47.75″47.75″ – 50.25″
Waist83 – 88cm83 – 88cm88 – 93cm88 – 93cm88 – 93cm93 – 98cm98 – 110cm
32.5″ – 34.5″32.5″ – 34.5″34.5″ – 36.5″34.5″ – 36.5″34.5″ – 36.5″36.5″ – 38.5″38.5″ – 43.5″

Quiksilver are one of the original surfwear brands, their wetsuit sizing tends to come up a little narrower than some brands and they offer a full range of summer and winter wetsuits.

SMSMMTLSLLTXL
Height172 – 177cm172 – 177cm175 – 180cm180 – 185cm175 – 180cm180 – 185cm183 – 188cm183 – 188cm
5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″5’9″ – 5’11”5’11” – 6’1″5’9″ – 5’11”5’11” – 6’1″6’0″ – 6’2″6’0″ – 6’2″
Weight60 – 70kg65 – 75kg70 – 80kg73 – 83kg73 – 83kg77 – 87kg82 – 91kg86 – 95kg
135 – 155140 – 160150 – 170155 – 175165 – 185170 – 190180 – 200190 – 210
Chest92 – 97cm97 – 102cm97 – 102cm97 – 102cm102 – 107cm102 – 107cm102 – 107cm107 – 112cm
36″ – 38″38″ – 40″38″ – 40″38″ – 40″40″ – 42″40″ – 42″40″ – 42″42″ – 44″
Waist74 – 79cm79 – 84cm79 – 84cm79 – 84cm84 – 89cm84 – 89cm84 – 89cm89 – 94cm
29″ – 31″31″ – 33″31″ – 33″31″ – 33″33″ – 35″33″ – 35″33″ – 35″35″ – 37″

Rip Curl offer a range of wetsuits which cater for surfers who want warmth or performance, the Flash Bomb range offer thick lining and sealed seams and the e-bomb is one of the original super stretchy wetsuits.

SMSMMTLSLLTXLXXL
Height172cm172cm178cm183cm178cm183cm185cm188cm192cm
5’8″5’8″5’10”6’0″5’10”6’0″6’1″6’2″6’4″
Chest93cm99cm99cm99cm103cm103cm103cm109cm113cm
37″39″39″39″41″41″41″43″45″
Waist78cm81cm81cm81cm85cm85cm85cm89cm96cm
31″32″32″32″34″34″34″35″38″

Warmer, lighter, softer and with more stretch, the 7 seas wetsuit from Vissla offers great value for money.

XSSMSMMTLLTXL
Height162 – 168cm168 – 173cm170 – 175cm173 – 178cm180 – 185cm178 – 183cm183 – 188cm183 – 188cm
5’4″ – 5’6″5’6″ – 5’8″5’7″ – 5’9″5’8″ – 5’10”5’11” – 6’1″5’10” – 6’0″6’1″ – 6’3″5’10” – 6’2″
Weight57 – 61kg61 – 68kg70 – 77kg70 – 77kg75 – 82kg77 – 86kg82 – 91kg86 – 93kg
125 – 135135 – 150155 – 170155 – 170165 – 180170 – 190180 – 200190 – 205
Chest90.17cm95cm100cm100cm100cm105cm105cm110cm
35.5″37.4″39.3″39.3″39.3″41.3″41.3″43.3″
Waist72 – 75cm76cm80cm80cm80cm85cm83 – 88cm90cm
28.5 – 29.5″28.5 – 30.5″30.5 – 32.5″30.5 – 32.5″30.5 – 32.5″32.5 – 34.5″32.5 – 34.5″34.5 – 36.5″

Xcel have a reputation for making top quality surf wetsuits for summer or winter surfers, they offer a great range of intermediate sizes and a full selection of wetsuits from the super flexible Comp range to the cutting edge Drylocks.

SSTMSMMTMLLS
Height168 – 173cm175 – 183cm170 – 175cm173 – 178cm180 – 185cm175 – 180cm170 – 175cm
5’6″ – 5’8″5’9″ – 6′5’7″ – 5’9″5’8″ – 5’10”5’11” – 6’1″5’9″ – 5’11”5’7″ – 5’9″
Weight61 – 68kg66 – 73kg66 – 73kg70 – 77kg75 – 82kg75 – 82kg75 – 82kg
135 – 150145 – 160145 – 160155 – 170165 – 180165 – 180165 – 180
Chest94cm94cm96.5cm99cm99cm101.5cm104cm
37″37″38″39″39″40″41″
Waist77.5cm77.5cm80cm82.5cm82.5cm85cm87.5cm
30 1/2″30 1/2″31 1/2″32 1/2″32 1/2″33 1/2″34 1/2″
LLTXLSXLXLTXXL3XL
Height178 – 183cm185 – 191cm173 – 178cm180 – 188cm191 – 198cm183 – 191cm185 – 198cm
5’10” – 6’0″6’1″ – 6’3″5’8′ – 5’10”5’11” – 6’2″6’3″ – 6’6″6′ – 6’3″6’1″ – 6’6″
Weight79 – 86kg84 – 91kg79 – 86kg86 – 93kg93 – 100kg93 – 100kg104 – 118kg
175 – 190185 – 200175 – 190190 – 205205 – 220205 – 220230 – 260
Chest104cm104cm109cm109cm109cm114cm124cm
41″41″43″43″43″45″49″
Waist87.5cm87.5cm93cm93cm93cm98cm108cm
34.5″34.5″36.5″36.5″36.5″38 1/2″42 1/2″

Womens Wetsuit Size Chart

Please note, the sizing we use on the site represents the size printed inside the wetsuit, this is often a US size, but can vary depending on the brand, we always recommend looking at the relevant size chart on this page to make sure you are buying a suitable size.

Even more so than mens wetsuits, the different brands often have different cuts which can make a big difference to how well the wetsuit fits, the size chart is a great way of checking that you’re getting the best size of wetsuit for you but you might find that you are a different size in a different brand.

Billabong wetsuits offer great value, their womens size chart is different to all the other brands, they print a European/Australian size and a US size inside the wetsuit, we’ve spoken to Billabong who say the European/Australian size is equivalent to a UK size, the US size conversion is calculated differently to other brands though so we’d recommend using the size chart to get the right size.

Size in Wetsuit46810
Size Shown on Website (UK)681012
Height160 – 165cm163 – 168cm167 – 170cm168 – 173cm
5’3″ – 5’5″5’4″ – 5’6″5’5″ – 5’7″5’6″ – 5’8″
Weight45 – 52kg50 – 57kg55 – 61kg59 – 68kg
100 – 115110 – 125120 – 135130 – 150
Chest77 – 83cm80 – 85cm83 – 88cm86 – 91cm
30.5″ – 32.5″31.5″ – 33.5″32.5″ – 34.5″34″ – 36″
Waist60 – 66cm63 – 68cm66 – 71cm69 – 74cm
24″ – 26″25″ – 27″26″ – 28″27″ – 29″

C-Skins make cold water wetsuits that are designed in Northern Europe, their experience in cold water environments and commitment to value makes them a good choice for the committed surfer.

Size in wetsuit468101214
UK Size Shown on Website6810121416
Height160 – 165cm163 – 168cm165 – 170cm168 – 173cm170 – 175cm172 – 180cm
5’3″ – 5’5″5’4″ – 5’6″5’5″ – 5’7″5’6″ – 5’8″5’7″ – 5’9″5’9″ – 5’11”
Chest80cm82.5cm85cm89cm93cm98cm
31.5″32.5″33.5″35″36.5″38.5″
Waist61cm66cm68.5cm71cm76cm79cm
24″26″27″28″30″31″

ION wetsuits combine high quality products wrapped in a progressive style and design.

46810121416
Height152 – 160cm157 – 164cm161 – 168cm165 – 172cm170 – 176cm173 – 178cm176 – 181cm
5’0″ – 5’3″5’2″ – 5’55’3″ – 5’6″5’5″ – 5’8″5’7″ – 5’9″5’8″ – 5’10”5’9″ – 5’11”
Weight40 – 47kg45 – 52kg50 – 57kg55 – 65kg62 – 68kg64 – 73kg69 – 77kg
88 – 103100 – 115110 – 125120 – 140135 – 150140 – 160150 – 170
Chest70 – 75cm78 – 83cm82 – 88cm86 – 92cm90 – 96cm95 – 100cm98 – 106cm
28 – 30″31 – 33″32.5 – 34.5″34 – 36.5″35.5 – 38″37.5 – 39″39 – 41″
8 Tall10 Tall
Height86 – 92cm90 – 96cm
5’7″ – 5’10”5’9″ – 6’0″
Weight60 – 68kg65 – 73kg
132 – 154135 – 150
Chest92 – 96cm96 – 100cm
34 – 36.5″25.5 – 38″

O’Neill have been making surf wetsuits for over 60 years, they continue to innovate and offer a great selection of winter and summer wetsuits, we find that we tend to wear a smaller size in O’Neill compared to other brands so have a good look at the size chart if you haven’t tried on an O’Neill before.

Size in wetsuit468S88T
UK Size Shown on Website6810S1010T
Height160 – 165cm163 – 168cm161 – 166cm165 – 170cm169 – 174cm
5’3″ – 5’5″5’4″ – 5’6″5’3.5″ – 5’5.5″5’5″ – 5’7″5’6.5″ – 5’8.5″
Weight45 – 52kg49 – 56kg52 – 58kg54 – 61kg56 – 63kg
100 – 115110 – 125115 – 130120 – 135125 – 140
Lower Chest70cm73cm76cm76cm76cm
27.75″28.75″29.75″29.75″29.75″
Waist60 – 66cm63 – 68cm66 – 71cm66 – 71cm66 – 71cm
24″ – 26″25″ – 27″26″ – 28″26″ – 28″26″ – 28″
Size in Wetsuit10S1010T1214
UK Size Shown on Website12S1212T1416
Height165 – 169cm168 – 173cm171 – 177cm170 – 175cm173 – 178cm
5’4.5″ – 5’6.5″5’8″ – 5’10”5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″5’6″ – 5’8″5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″
Weight56 – 65kg58 – 68kg61 – 70kg63 – 72kg68 – 77kg
125 – 145130 – 150135 – 155140 – 160150 – 170
Lower Chest79cm79cm79cm83cm87cm
31.25″31.25″31.25″32.75″34.25″
Waist68 – 73cm68 – 73cm68 – 73cm73 – 78cm76 – 81cm
27″ – 29″27″ – 29″27″ – 29″29″ – 31″30″ – 32″

Rip Curl offer a range of wetsuits which cater for surfers who want warmth or performance, the Flash Bomb range offer thick lining and sealed seams and the e-bomb is one of the original super stretchy wetsuits.

Size in wetsuit4688T1012
UK Size Shown on Website681010 Tall1214
Height5’0”-5’3”5’2”-5’5”5’4”-5’6”5’6”-5’8”5’5”-5’7”5’7”-5’9”
Weight / lbs100-120105-125110-130115-135120-140130-150
Chest30”-32”31”-33”32”-34”32”-34”34”-36”36”-38”
Waist23”-25”24”-26”25”-27”25”-28”26”-28”28”-30”

Roxy offers range of wetsuits specifically for women.

Size in wetsuit24681012
Uk Size Shown on Website468101214
Height160 – 165cm163 – 168cm165 – 170cm168 – 173cm170 – 175cm173 – 179cm
5’3″ – 5’5″5’4″ – 5’6″5’5″ – 5’7″5’6″ – 5’8″5’7″ – 5’9″5’8″ – 5’10”
Weight50 – 54.5kg48 – 57kg50 – 59kg55 – 64kg59 – 68kg63.5 – 72.5kg
100 – 120100 – 125110 – 130120 – 140130 – 150140 – 160
Chest77.5 – 82.6cm80 – 85cm83 – 88cm86 – 91cm90 – 95cm94 – 99cm
30.5″ – 32.5″31.5″ – 33.5″32.5″ – 34.5″34″ – 36″35.5″ – 37.5″37″ – 39″
Waist58.4 – 63.5cm61 – 66cm64 – 69cm67 – 72cm71 – 76cm74.9 – 80cm
23″ – 25″24″ – 26″25″ – 27″26.5″ – 28.5″28″ – 30″29.5″ – 31.5″
Hips83.8 – 88.9cm86 – 91cm89 – 94cm93 – 98cm97 – 102cm100.3 – 104cm
33″ – 35″34″ – 36″35″ – 37″36.5″ – 38.5″38″ – 40″38″ – 40″

Xcel have a reputation for making top quality surf wetsuits for summer or winter surfers, they offer a great range of intermediate sizes and a full selection of wetsuits from the super flexible Comp range to the cutting edge Drylocks.

Size in Wetsuit4688T1010T1214
UK Size Displayed on Website681010 Tall1212 Tall1416
Height152 – 160cm157 – 165cm162 – 170cm170 – 178cm165 – 173cm175 – 183cm168 – 175cm168 – 175cm
5′ – 5’3″5’2″ – 5’5″5’4″ – 5’7″5’7″ – 5’10”5’5″ – 5’8″5’9″ – 6′5’6″ – 5’9″5’6″-5’9″
Weight43 – 48kg48 – 52kg52 – 59kg55 – 61kg59 – 66kg64 – 70kg68 – 75kg73 – 82kg
95 – 105105 – 115115 – 130120 – 135130 – 145140 – 155150 – 165160 – 180
Bust82.5cm88cm90cm90cm95cm95cm103cm112cm
32.5″34″35.5″35.5″37.5″37.5″40.5″44″
Waist62cm65cm70cm70cm75cm75cm83cm91cm
24.5″26″27.5″27.5″29.5″29.5″32.5″36″
Hips85cm89cm93cm93cm98cm98cm105cm114cm
33.5″35″36.5″36.5″38.5″38.5″41.5″45″

Kids Wetsuit Size Chart

All the brands use ages to size their kids wetsuits, this is a good place to start but it’s definitely worth taking some measurements and looking at the various options in different brands rather than relying solely on the age of the surfer.

Billabong wetsuits offer great value, their winter wetsuits and summer wetsuits are offered in all the standard sizes.

Age 2Age 3Age 4Age 5Age 6Age 7
Height83-90cm91-98cm99-105cm106-113cm114-118cm119-123cm
2’7″-2’10”2’10”-3’2″3’2″-3’4″3’5″-3’7″3’7″-3’9″3’9″-4’0″
Weight12-13kg14-15kg15-17kg17-20kg20-22kg21-25kg
26-2930-3333-3737-4344-4947-55
Chest51-53cm55-58cm55-58cm58-61cm61-64cm64-66cm
20″-21″22″-23″22″-23″23″-24″24″-25″25″-26″
Waist48-50cm51-52cm53-54cm54-56cm57-58cm60-61cm
19″-19.5″20″-20.5″21″-21.5″21.5″-22″22.5″-23″23.5″-24″
Age 8-9Age 9-10Age 11-12Age 13-14Age 15-16
Height124-137cm140-147cm147-155cm155-163cm163-167cm
4’1″-4’5″4’6″-4’8″4’8″-5’1″5’1″-5’3″5’3″-5’5″
Weight22-29kg35-40kg40-50kg50-55kg55-60kg
50-6577-8888-110110-121121-132
Chest64-70cm71-76cm76-81cm81-86cm86-91cm
25″-27.5″28″-30″30″-32″32″-34″34″-36″
Waist56-61cm58-64cm64-69cm69-74cm71-76cm
22″-24″23″-25″25″-27″27″-29″28″-30″

C-Skins make cold water wetsuits that are designed in Northern Europe, their experience in cold water environments and commitment to value makes them a good choice for the committed surfer.

Age 1Age 2Age 3Age 4Age 5
Height78 – 86cm86 – 94cm94 – 102cm102 – 112cm112 – 121cm
2’7″ – 2’10”2’10” – 3’1″3’1″ – 3’4″3’4″ – 3’8″3’8″ – 4’0″
Chest45 – 50cm48 – 51cm51 – 55.5cm53.5 – 58cm62 – 67cm
18″ – 20″19″ – 21″20″ – 22″21″ – 23″23″ – 25″
Waist43 – 48cm45 – 50cm48 – 53cm50 – 55cm50 – 55cm
17″ – 19″18″ – 20″19″ – 20″20″ – 22″20″ – 22″
Age 6Age 8Age 10Age 12Age 14Age 16
Height121 – 132cm132 – 140cm141 – 149cm150 – 155cm155 – 163cm163 – 170cm
4’0″ – 4’4″4’4″ – 4’7″4’8″ – 4’11”4’11” – 5’1″5’1″ – 5’4″5’4″ – 5’7″
Chest62 – 67cm66 – 71cm71 – 76cm75 – 81cm79 – 84cm84 – 89cm
24″ – 26″26″ – 28″28″ – 30″29″ – 32″31″ – 33″33″ – 35″
Waist53 – 58cm53 – 58cm61 – 66cm63 – 68cm68 – 73cm71 – 76cm
21″ – 23″21″ – 23″24″ – 26″25″ – 27″26.5″ – 28″27″ – 29″

O’Neill have been making surf wetsuits for over 60 years, they continue to innovate and offer a great selection of winter and summer wetsuits, we find that we tend to wear a smaller size in O’Neill compared to other brands so have a good look at the size chart if you haven’t tried on an O’Neill before.

Age 1Age 2Age 3Age 4Age 6
Height87 – 95cm95 – 102cm102 – 108cm117 – 124cm124 – 132cm
2’10.5″ – 3’2.5″3’2.5″ – 3’6.5″3’6.5″ – 3’10.5″3’10.5″ – 4’1.5″4’1.5″ – 4’4.5″
Weight11 – 13kg13 – 14kg16 – 18kg16 – 23kg20 – 27kg
25 – 3030 – 3535 – 4040 – 5050 – 60
Waist45 – 50cm48 – 53cm50 – 55cm50 – 55cm53 – 58cm
18″ – 20″19″ – 21″20″ – 22″20″ – 22″21″ – 23″
Age 8Age 10Age 12Age 14Age 16
Height132 – 140cm140 – 147cm147 – 155cm155 – 163cm163 – 170cm
4’4.5″ – 4’7.5″4’7″ – 4’10”4’10” – 5’1″5’1″ – 5’4″5’4″ – 5’7″
Weight27 – 34kg34 – 41kg41 – 48kg48 – 54kg54 – 61kg
60 – 7075 – 9090 – 105105 – 120120 – 135
Waist55 – 61cm61 – 66cm63 – 68cm68 – 73cm71 – 76cm
22″ – 24″24″ – 26″25″ – 27″27″ – 29″28″ – 30″

Quiksilver are one of the original surfwear brands, their wetsuit sizing tends to come up a little narrower than some brands and they offer a full range of summer and winter wetsuits.

Age 10Age 12Age 14Age 16
Height140 – 147cm147 – 155cm155 – 163cm163 – 168cm
4’7″ – 4’10”4’10” – 5’1″5’1″ – 5’4″5’4″ – 5’6″
Weight36 – 41kg41 – 45kg45 – 50kg50 -55kg
80 – 9090 – 100100 – 110110 – 120
Waist60 – 65cm64 – 69cm68 – 73cm72 – 76cm
23.5″ – 25.5″25″ – 27″26.5″ – 28.5″28.5″ – 30″

Rip Curl offer a range of wetsuits which cater for surfers who want warmth or performance, the Flash Bomb range offer thick lining and sealed seams and the e-bomb is one of the original super stretchy wetsuits.

Age 10Age 12Age 14Age 16
Height142 – 150cm150 – 157cm157 – 163cm163 – 168cm
4’8″ – 4’11”4’11” – 5’2″5’2″ – 5’4″5’4″ – 5’6″
Weight34 – 41kg41 – 48kg48 – 54kg54 – 61kg
75 – 9090 – 105105 – 120120 – 135

Xcel have a reputation for making top quality surf wetsuits for summer or winter surfers, they offer a great range of intermediate sizes and a full selection of wetsuits from the super flexible Comp range to the cutting edge Drylocks.

Size displayed on websiteAge 4Age 6Age 8Age 10Age 12Age 14Age 16
Height117 – 124cm124 – 132cm132 – 140cm140 – 147cm147 – 155cm155 – 163cm163 – 168cm
3’10” – 4’1″4’1″ – 4’4″4’4″ – 4’7″4’7″ – 4’10”4’10” – 5’1″5’1′ – 5’4″5’4″ – 5’6″
Weight18 – 25kg23 – 29kg27 – 34kg32 – 39kg36 – 43kg43 – 50kg48 – 54kg
40 – 5550 – 6560 – 7570 – 8580 – 9595 – 110105 – 120
Chest58.5cm62cm66cm70cm73.5cm78.5cm84cm
23″24.5″26″27.5″29″31″33″
Waist51cm55cm58.5cm62cm66cm71cm76cm
20″21.5″23″24.5″26″28″30″

Wetsuit Gloves Size Chart

Magicseaweed Wetsuit Glove Size Chart
As shown in the diagram above width is the width of your palm measured across the widest point at the knuckles, length is from the tip of the middle finger to the width line across the widest point.
XXSXSSMLXL
Width6cm7cm8cm9cm10cm11cm
Length8cm9cm10cm11cm12cm13cm

Wetsuit Hood Size Chart

Based on a measurement around the head just above the ears.

XSSMLXL
Circumference51cm53cm56cm58cm61cm

When buying a wetsuit, some of the questions you should be asking yourself are:

  1. What are the types of wetsuits? Which one would I need?
  2. What size do I need to buy? What’s this MT / XXL stuff?
  3. I know the water temperature, but which wetsuit is suitable for that temperature?
  4. What thickness neoprene will I need? how do I tell the thickness by looking?
  5. Will I need a blindstitched seam? 
 
 


Types of wetsuit

Vest

Wetsuit Vest

The vest provides a little bit of neoprene coverage, giving protection from wind chill. The wetsuit vest is ideal to keep you more comfortable on a summers day surf. The image on the left shows it looks just like (depending on where you come from) a vest, tank top, or singlet. The vest is normally either 2mm or 3mm thick. Wearing something on your bottom half is optional (but advised).

Pros: Shows off your tattoos, muscles, underarm hair. Does not impede paddling. No more surf wax matting your chest hair.
Cons: Shows off your anchor tattoo, lack of muscles, underarm hair.


Jacket

The Wetsuit Jacket

A slight step up in the warmth stakes when compared to the vest. Jackets have full-length arms and offer additional warmth for the top half of the body. You’ll be more protected from the elements, and your unsightly underarm hair can remain hidden. Jackets are normally constructed from 2mm/1mm thick material. Beware a full-length chest zip at the front, these can be quite uncomfortable for a surfer while paddling.

Pros: Warm arms, no shaving of underarm stubble required in order to look good in the lineup.
Cons: Your ripped arms, new Quiksilver watch, and your prison tattoos will be covered.


Short John

Short John Wetsuit

We’re back to the exposed arms with the Short John Wetsuit. Your torso down to your thighs is now covered, giving you core warmth. Ideal for taking the chill off during a dawn patrol surf, while not becoming too hot as the sun gets higher. (Authors opinion: I think the short and long john wetsuits look a little silly).

Pros: Your arms are back on the show again, and with the additional neoprene between stomach and knees, you can dispense with board shorts. No more impromptu inner thigh waxing.
Cons: No more impromptu inner thigh waxing. (no pain no gain and all that!)


Long John

Long John Wetsuit

The Long John gives you full body coverage while leaving your arms uncovered. Great for easy paddling, you can flail your arms around with no neoprene resistance. The Long John is ideal in conditions where the air temperature is warm but the water temperature is a little chilly.

Pros: Your knees are now covered, no more chafing while working out how to pop-up properly.
Cons: People will think you are just too cheap to buy a wettie with sleeves.


The Springsuit

Long and Short Sleeve Springsuit

The springsuit has arm and leg coverage, at least in part. It comes with short legs and can have both short and long arms. (Not at the same time, or with one short and one long arm, obviously)

Pros: Ideal for summer surfing, long arms, and full body keeps the sun off your skin, and your body core temperature increased.
Cons: If everyone else is in boardies, you’ll look like a lightweight.


The Short Arm Steamer

Short Arm Steamer

This design looks like it’s built for warmth, and that’s the point. The Short Arm Steamer is normally made with a mix of 3mm and 2mm neoprene and covers the trunk and legs. It also covers the upper arms, while leaving the forearms exposed. Your paddling should not be affected unless you choose a suit that’s a couple of sized too small, or you’ve overindulged over the weekend.

Pros: Much warmer, still easy to paddle, no waxy thighs or chaffed knees.
Cons: Your skinny little forearms are still exposed. Your comical knobbly knees no longer make you the life and soul of your local break.


The Fullsuit

Long Arm Steamer Fullsuit

The range is complete with the Fullsuit, or Long Arm Steamer. This wetsuit if for the cold water surfer, and comes in a range of wetsuit thicknesses, depending on the level of warmth required. For cooler temperatures, you would choose a 3mm/2mm wetsuit. For very cold weather you would need a 6mm/5mm/4mm wetsuit to allow you to stay in the water for longer. Some even come with hoods attached. A 6mm fullsuit with attached hood, wetsuit booties, wetsuit gloves, and heated rash guard, will see you stay in the water longer than all your mates!

Pros: Warmth, what more of a “Pro” do you need.( see how wetsuits work for more info)
Cons: A thicker suit is harder to paddle. The fullsuit is the most expensive type of wetsuit available (learn about wetsuit care to protect your investment).


Wich Wetsuit Size do I need?

Your choice of wetsuit will depend on the temperature of the water you will be surfing in. The main wetsuit brands all produce a range of shapes and types to suit every need. If it’s something to keep you warm, or just to look good, there’s plenty of choices.

Most brands produce ranges from XXS to XXL. The letters correspond to a mixture of sizes and heights. Here’s what the letters stand for:

SSmall
MMedium
LLarge
TTall
XExtra
https://goodnoob.com/wetsuit-buying-guide

So, XL is extra large, MT is medium tall, and so on. Take a look at the size chart, use your own height, chest and waist measurements, and there you’ll have your letters. For example, if you’re 5’8 tall, weight 150 pounds, has a 40-inch chest, and a 32-inch waist, it’s likely that you’ll need an MS (medium-small) wetsuit.

A wetsuit sizing chart

The above chart is based on the Xcel men’s wetsuit range. Women’s sizing charts will be slightly different, with bust, waist and hip measurements used.


The above image shows where the measurements should be taken

Although you now know which wetsuits to choose from, there are a few other things to keep in mind. Not everyone will fit exactly into one size, and even if you do fit into a range on the size chart, the suit may just not feel right. It is a good idea to visit a surf shop and try on a range of wetsuit models, and suits from different brands. Different brands and different brand models will have a different fit and feel.


Temperature Guide

We’ve provided a chart with a range of temperatures, and the type of wetsuit that should be ok for those temperatures. We’ve included additional items of surf equipment that may be required for a little extra warmth. Keep in mind that it’s a general guide only. If you feel the cold, err on the side of caution and get a thicker wetsuit.

Water Temperature (Fahrenheit / Celsius)Wetsuit Type*Extras
40°F / 5°C6/5/4 SealedRashguard, booties, wetsuit hood, wetsuit gloves
48°F / 9°C5/4/3 SealedRashguard, booties, wetsuit hood, wetsuit gloves
52°F / 11.5°C4/3 Sealed & TapedWarm Rashguard, booties, wetsuit gloves
56°F / 13.5°C4/3 SealedNeoprene Top
60°F / 15°C3/2 SealedNeoprene Top
65°F / 18.5°C3/2 Flatlock
72°F / 22°CSpringsuit / Poly Top / Jacket
80+°F / 26+°CRashguard, waterproof sunscreen

Thickness of neoprene

If you take a look at a wetsuit description in a shop, or an online surf shop listing may well have noticed one, two or three numbers in the wetsuit description. These numbers represent the thickness of the wetsuit neoprene in millimeters. The thickness of this material varies, dependent upon the part of the body that’s being covered. This is why there are often different numbers in the description. The wetsuit neoprene is almost always thinner on the arms and legs, to ensure that the movement of the surfer’s limbs is not overly restricted while surfing.

The numbers will be separated with either a ‘/’ or a ‘0’, with each number corresponding to a different thickness. The larger number, usually the first number (the number on the left), gives the thickness of the torso. The second (and sometimes third) number gives the thickness of the neoprene on the limbs.

Here are some example product descriptions of O’Neill brand wetsuits from our wetsuit product pages.

  • Heat 6/5/4mm Hooded Full Wetsuit
    This is a wetsuit that would be used in very cold water. It has a thickness of 6 millimeters on the torso. The 5 is the thickness of the arms. The legs are 4-millimeter neoprene. A wetsuit with 6-millimeter neoprene all over would be very restricting, and make it hard to paddle and surf.
  • Epic 2 Ct 5/3 Wetsuit
    A cold water wetsuit, the sort of suit that would be worn by a surfer through winter when surfing in England. The torso material is 5 millimeters thick, the arms and legs are 3 millimeters thick.
  • Heat 3q 302 Full Back Wetsuit
    Here’s an example of the numbers separated with a “0”. This does not mean there is a hole in the wetsuit. (Nice idea though) It’s a spring or summer wetsuit, and significantly thinner than the winter, cold water, wetsuit examples above.
  • Epic 2mm S/S Full Back Wetsuit
    This wettie only has 2mm in the description. It is a springsuit and is made of 2-millimeter thick neoprene all over.

Seams

A well-fitting wetsuit is essential for warmth, and the fit is achieved by the use of separate, tailored panels. These panels are joined to each other by stitching along seams. The seams are less flexible than the sheet neoprene. In a good quality wetsuit, seams are kept away from areas where high flexibility is important. Seams should not run along the shoulders or underarms, where they could intrude on paddling areas. In a poor quality wetsuit, water will flood through the seams, quickly turning your nether regions blue!

More Seams

  • a better fitting wetsuit
  • can be glued to prevent water coming in
  • reduces flexibility
  • Increases the likelihood of chafing caused by a seam,

Fewer Seams

  • Less chance of water entering the suit
  • Poorer fit, although this is becoming less and less a problem with new neoprene technology

Stitching

There are three types of stitching used in wetsuit construction. As you might guess, stitching involves making holes in neoprene and passing a thread through. These holes can let water through the waterproof neoprene, so the type of stitching is important when considering how warm a wetsuit will be.

Overlock
This method is the simplest way of stitching, and the least effective at keeping water out. It is not used on high-end wetsuits, and would only be found on summer wetsuit or cheaper wetsuits. The two edges of the panels are rolled together and then stitched to hold them together. This method drastically reduces the flexibility of the seam. It also leaves a bulge on the inside of the wetsuit, which can be uncomfortable and result in chafing – ouch!


Flatlock
Flatlock stitching involves laying one-panel edge over the other, then stitching through the neoprene. The resulting seam is flexible and strong. The drawback to a flat locked seam is that the process involved creates many holes, and is prone to high water penetration. This makes it more suited to summer or warmer water surfing.


Blindstitch
The edges of the panels are placed end on end and glued together. They are then stitched on the inside, but the stitching does not go all the way through to the outside of the panels. Result: watertight, flexible seams. This is the ideal seam for cold water temperatures and is the one found in higher quality, more expensive wetsuits. If you are a cold water surfer, do yourself a favor and pay extra for blindstitching.

Double blindstitching can be used on thicker wetsuits, where a seam is blindstitched on one side, then again on the reverse side.

Blindstitched seam


Sealing Seams

Water seepage will reduce the effectiveness of the suit. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to increase the warmth of a wetsuit, (without constantly peeing in it) and to increase the strength of a wetsuit’s seams.

  • Glued Seams: The panels are glued together prior to stitching, increasing the strength of the seam and creating a waterproof seal
  • Spot Taped Seams: Tape is glued to the inside of the seam in critical areas to add additional strength where needed
  • Fully Taped Seams: Tape is glued to the inside of every seam. Neoprene tape can be used to ensure there is no loss of flexibility
  • Liquid Taped: The ultimate seam seal. A special liquid rubber is applied to the inside seam which makes it 100% waterproof.

Fit

We cannot stress how important a good fit is. Every wetsuit has a different fit and cut, and one brand’s size may not be the same as another. The fit that you find on the size chart might not be suitable for your body shape.

If you can, try before you buy. Bend, stretch, sweep your arms around – it doesn’t matter that you’ll look like an idiot in the surf shop, but it does matter that you get a great fit. Underarms, the backs of the knees and the groin are all potential trouble spots, so pay particular attention to these areas. (Your own, not other peoples areas —we’d hate to take the blame for giving you license to study someone else’s groin area)

If you have any concerns about fit or have a “non-average” body shape that may not be suited to an off-the-rack purchase, there is the option of a custom-made wetsuit. It’s the best way to ensure the correct fit. There are a number of companies that offer a custom service. The process involves supplying a complete set of your specific measurements, and a one of the custom suit to be made, just for you! It’s also worth considering a custom because they provide such a good fit.


Brands

Do brands really matter? Well, not really. The mainstream manufacturers all use top quality materials and construction techniques. If you are buying from a surf shop, the ranges from the likes of Quiksilver, Rip Curl, and O’Neill will all be available. The choice of a suit should be down to fit, stretch and suitability, not who made it. In general, you’ll have to pay more for the surf brands than you will for a no-name brand from a discount store, but this is a reflection of the quality of the suit. In this case, you get what you pay for.


When it gets too cold

If you are surfing in extremely cold conditions, then you’re going to have to consider something a little different.

There are several possible options:

  • A semi-dry suit; a completely different type of protection. It’s not a wetsuit and works by stopping the cold water from coming into contact with your skin. They are not for the average surfer and are only for extreme conditions.
  • A heated suit; there are a couple on the market now. Basically, it’s a wetsuit with a heating element that warms the core of the surfer throughout the surf session. Check out the Bomb Series video on the Rip Curl wetsuits page here, which has a section on the H-Bomb, Rip Curl’s heated wetsuit.
  • Heat packs; these are like mini water bottles for a surfer. These are chemical heat packs that fit into a belt worn underneath the wetsuit. Once activated, they remain hot for about an hour. They are re-useable and add a nice bit of comfort.

Spain

Cádiz

1.      ‘OnTheSpot’ Surf School (Vejer de la Frontera): http://onthespotsurfschool.com/es
2.      Aurea Surf School & Shop: https://www.aureasurf.com/
3.      Cadiz Surf Center (CSC): http://www.cadizsurfcenter.com/
4.      Conil Surf Academy: http://conil-surf-yoga.com/
5.      Escuela De Surf Camposoto: http://www.escueladesurfcamposoto.com/
6.      Escuela de Surf CLUB SURF EDUCA (Rota): http://www.clubsurfeduca.com/Home/
7.      Escuela de Surf y Camp 9 Pies El Palmar (Vejer de la Frontera): http://www.escueladesurf9pies.com/es
8.      Escuela de Vela Zaida: http://escueladevelazaida.es/
9.      Glassy Surf School: https://www.glassysurfschool.com/contacto
10.   Kite Surf Chiclana: https://kitesurfchiclana.com/
11.   Oasis Escuela de Surf Chiclana: http://oasissurfinglife.com/
12.   Offshore Escuela de Surf Cadiz: http://www.escueladesurfcadiz.com/
13.   On the Sea Escuela de Surf & Camp: http://escueladesurfonthesea.com/
14.   South Coast Surf School (El Palmar): http://elpalmarsurfacademy.es/
15.   Vértigo: https://www.vertigosurfcamp.com/en/
16.   Waterman School Escuela de Surf Conil (Conil de la Frontera): http://www.watermanschool.com/
17.   Why-not-fly (Sancti Petri): http://www.why-not-fly.com/cursos-c102x2508907
18.   Zahara Surf (Zahara de los Atunes): http://zaharasurf.com/

 Canarias

19.   Atlantik Surf (Puerto de la Cruz): http://atlantiksurf.com/
20.   Björn Dunkerbeck Surf School (Playa del Ingles): http://www.surfbd.com/?lang=es
21.   Blackstone Surf Camp (Adeje): https://blackstonesurfcamp.com/es/
22.   BRISA SCHOOL (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria): http://www.brisaschool.com/
23.   Calima Surf School S L (Caleta De Famara (Lanzarote)): https://calimasurf.com/
24.   Escuela Canaria de Surf (San Cristóbal de La Laguna): http://www.escuelacanariadesurf.com/es/
25.   Escuela de Surf 3rj Surftime (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria): http://www.surfk.com/
26.   Free Surfers School (La Oliva): https://www.freesurfersschool.com/
27.   Green Wave Surf School (Punta del Hidalgo): https://www.greenwavesurfschool.com/
28.   La Marea Surfschool (Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife): http://www.lamareasurfschool.com/
29.   Lanzasurf Surf School (Caleta de Famara): http://www.lanzasurf.com/es/
30.   Las Palmas, The Surfer’s Home: http://thesurfershome.com/
31.   Mahalo Surf School (San Cristóbal de La Laguna): https://www.mahalosurfschool.com/
32.   Mojo Surf (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria): http://mojosurf.es/es/
33.   Ocadila Surf School Escuela de Surf (Punta del Hidalgo): http://ocadilasurfschool.com/
34.   OCEANSIDE Escuela Surf School (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria): http://www.grancanariasurf.es/es/
35.   Secret Surf School Camp Tenerife: http://www.secretsurfschooltenerife.com/
36.   Sports Club Tenerife (Playa de la Américas): https://sctenerife.es/
37.   Surf Camp Las Palmas (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria): http://surfcamplaspalmas.com/
38.   Tenerife Kitesurf, Windsurf, Sup, Escuela, School, Alquiler, Rental (El Médano): http://tenerifekitesurf.es/

País Vasco

39.   Acero Surf Eskola (Getxo): https://www.acerosurfeskola.com/
40.   Axi Muniain Surf Eskola (Zarautz): http://axisurfeskola.com/
41.   Banzai Surf (Castro Urdiales): https://www.banzaisurf.com/
42.   Barrika Surf Camp (Barrika): http://www.barrikasurfcamp.com/
43.   Escuela de Surf de Zarautz : http://www.zarauzkosurfelkartea.com/eu/
44.   FLYSCHSURF Zumaiako Surf Eskola (Zumaya): https://flyschsurf.com/
45.   Gorka Yarritu Surf Eskola Sopelana (Sopelana): https://www.surfeskolasopelana.com/
46.   La Salbaje Surf Eskola (Sopelana): http://www.lasalbajesurfeskola.com/
47.   Laga Surf Camp: http://lagasurfcamp.com/
48.   Lokal Surf Bakio (Baquio): http://www.lokalsurfbakio.com/
49.   Moana Surf and Skate Camp (Urduliz): http://moanacamps.com/
50.   Moor Surf Eskola Zarautz: http://www.moorsurfeskola.com/
51.   Mundaka Surf Club (Mundaka): http://mundakasurfclub.com/
52.   North Shore Surf Camp (Zarautz): http://www.northshorezarautz.com/
53.   Yako Surf (Deba): https://yakosurf.com/
54.   Zurriola surf eskola (San Sebastián): http://zurriolasurfeskola.com/

Cantabria

55.   ADN Adventures (Suances): https://www.adnadventures.com/
56.   Ahau Surf School: http://ahausurfschool.com/item-2-1/
57.   Ajo Surf School (Ajo): https://www.ajosurfschool.com/
58.   Banzai Surf (Castro Urdiales): https://www.banzaisurf.com/
59.   Berria Surf School (Santoña): http://www.berriasurfschool.com/
60.   Bio surfcamp (Suances): http://www.biosurfcamp.com/
61.   BlackShark Surf (Cóbreces): http://blackshark.surf/
62.   BM Surf School (Laredo): https://www.bmsurf.com/
63.   El Pico Surf Camp (Santillana del Mar): https://www.surfelpico.com/
64.   Enjoy SUP School (Noja): http://www.enjoysupschool.com/
65.   Escuela Cantabra de Surf (Somo): https://www.escuelacantabradesurf.com/es/
66.   Escuela de kite Kung Fu Kite (Maliaño): http://www.kungfukite.com/
67.   Escuela de surf +QSURF “Mas que surf” (Laredo): http://www.masquesurf.com/es/
68.   Escuela de Surf Apasiona2 (Santoña): http://escueladesurfapasiona2.es/
69.   Escuela de surf arenillas (Islares): http://www.escueladesurfarenillas.com/
70.   Escuela de Surf Buenaonda (San Vicente de la Barquera): http://www.escueladesurfbuenaonda.com/
71.   Escuela de surf Costa Norte (San Vicente de la Barquera): http://www.escueladesurfcostanorte.com/
72.   Escuela de Surf Dani Pablos (Laredo): http://www.escueladesurfdanipablos.com/
73.   Escuela de Surf H2O (San Vicente de la Barquera): http://escuelasurfh2o.com/
74.   Escuela de Surf Isla (Arnuero – Isla): http://www.escueladesurfisla.com/
75.   Escuela de Surf la Curva de Laredo (Laredo): http://escueladesurflacurva.com/
76.   Escuela de Surf La Isla Santa Marina (Laredo): http://www.escueladesurflaislasantamarina.es/invernal-de-laredo/
77.   Escuela de Surf la Ola Galizano (Ribamontan al Mar): http://www.escueladesurflaola.com/
78.   Escuela De Surf Merón (San Vicente de la Barquera): http://escueladesurfmeron.com/es/escuela-de-surf-san-vicente-de-la-barquera-cantabria/
79.   Escuela de Surf Mobile (Cóbreces): http://www.escueladesurfmobile.es/
80.   Escuela de surf Molinucos: http://www.escueladesurfmolinucos.com/
81.   Escuela De Surf Pinos (Laredo): https://escuelasurfpinoslaredo.com/
82.   Escuela de Surf Ris Noja: http://escueladesurfris.com/
83.   Escuela de surf sardinero: https://escueladesurfsardinero.com/
84.   Escuela de Surf Solar (Suances): http://www.solarescueladesurf.com/
85.   Escuela de surf sunset (Somo): http://www.escueladesurfsunset.com/
86.   Escuela de Surf Waves Sound (Santoña): https://escueladesurfwavessound.com/
87.   Escuela de surf y sup PRO TRAINING CANTABRIA (Pedreña): http://www.protrainingcantabria.com/
88.   Koa Escuela de Surf (Somo): http://www.koaescueladesurf.com/
89.   Langre Beach Surf & Stay (Langre): http://langre-beach.surf/
90.   Latas Surf House (Somo): http://latassurf.com/
91.   Loredo Surf Resort (Somo): http://latassurf.com/surfcamp-loredo/surf-resort-loredo-cantabria/
92.   Oyambre surf (El Tejo): http://oyambresurf.com/surfhouse.html
93.   Somo’s Beach Surf School (Somo): http://www.somosbeachsurfschool.com/
94.   Special Surf School (Mogro): https://specialsurf.com/
95.   Star Surf Camps: https://www.starsurfcamps.com/es/
96.   Surf los locos (Suances): http://www.surfloslocos.com/
97.   Surfnsoul.com (San Vicente de la Barquera)
98.   Totora Surf School (Suances): http://www.totorasurfschool.com/
99.   Watsay surf school (Santoña): http://www.watsaysurfschool.com/

Asturias

100.      Alamar Surf School (Castriḷḷón): http://www.alamarsalinas.com/es/inicio/
101.      Baluverxa Escuela Surf Cabo Peñas (Susacasa): http://www.baluverxa.com/
102.      Escuela – Surf Camp Ribadesella: http://www.surfcampribadesella.com/
103.      Escuela Asturiana de Surf (Barro): http://www.escuelaasturianadesurf.com/
104.      Escuela de surf Llanes Surf & Aventura (Llanes): http://surfllanes.com/
105.      Escuela de Surf Marejada (Caravia): http://www.escuelamarejada.com/
106.      Escuela Surf Skull Llanes (Naves, Llanes): http://www.surfskull.es/
107.      Espartal Salinas Surf School (Salinas): http://www.clubespartal.com/escuelas-deportivas/surf/
108.      Horizonte Escuela De Surf & Surfcamp (Salinas) : http://www.horizonteescueladesurf.com/
109.      Longbeach Escuela de Surf & Surf Camp (Salinas) : http://www.escueladesurflongbeach.com/
110.      Olas Surf School Gijon: http://www.olassurfschool.com/
111.      Rompiente norte Escuela de Surf (San Juan de la Arena)
112.      SkoolSurf – Escuela de surf Asturias (Gijón): http://www.escueladesurfrompientenorte.com/
113.      Santa Marina Surf Camp (Ribadesella): http://www.santamarinasurfcamp.com/
114.      Special Surf Camp (Celorio, Villaviciosa): https://specialsurf.com/
115.      Surfcamp Las Dunas – Escuela de Surf (Salinas): http://escueladesurflasdunas.com/

Galicia

116.      ABELLAGO WATERSPORTS (Muros)
117.      Alawa Surf Camp (Valdoviño)
118.      Artsurfcamp (Carballo)
119.      Base Surf Camp Arteixo
120.      Cursos Kitesurf Galicia – Marea Surf School Vilagarcía de Arousa
121.      Escuela de Surf Base Surf Camp (Oleiros)
122.      Escuela Gallega De Surf (Vivero)
123.      GaliSurf A Coruña
124.      Geckos Surf & Sup School (Ribeira)
125.      Grip Surf School  (Corrubedo)
126.      Grip Surf School (Porto do Son)
127.      La Conservera del Surf en Vigo
128.      Pantín Surf Camp (Valdoviño)
129.      Patos Surf (Nigrán)
130.      Point Break (Nigrán)
131.      Prado Surf Escola A Lanzada (O Grove)
132.      Prado Surf Escola Sabón (Arteixo)
133.      Raz Surf Camp (Carballo)
134.      Sensación Surf Escola (Foz)
135.      Tartaruga Surf Center (O Grove)
136.      The Camp (Ferrol)
138.      Vazva Surf School

Cataluña

139.      Escola Catalana de Surf (Montgat)
140.      Escola Catalana de surf (Castelldefels)
141.      Escola Catalana de Surf (Sabadell)
142.      Escola Catalana de Surf (Sitges)
143.      Escola del vent (Badalona)
144.      FETCH SURF CONCEPT (Barcelona)
145.      Locals (Barceloneta)
146.      Manihi Surf School (Barcelona)
147.      Maresme Waves (El Masnou)
148.      Moloka’i sup center (Barcelona)
149.      Pukas Surf Eskola Barcelona
150.      Stand Up Surf School (Barcelona)
151.      SUP Addict (Vilasar de Mar)
152.      SUPVANAS (Barcelona)
153.      Ungravity SUP & SURF Center (Barcelona)
154.      Wave addict (Barcelona)

Valencia

155.      Aussie Surf Club (La Pobla de Farnals)
156.      Centro de Estudios Mestalla (Valencia)
157.      CLUB SURF VALENCIA (Valencia)
158.      Escuela de Surf – Art Surf Camp (Sedaví)
159.      Escuela de Surf – Art Surf Camp (Sedaví)
160.      Escuela surf valencia posidonia (Cullera)
161.      Fuerza 5 (València)
162.      KITE SHOP Valencia (València)
163.      Kitezone (El Perellonet)
164.      Las Arenas Escuela de Surf (València)
165.      Mediterranean Surf (Alboraya)
167.      Ocean Republik. Windsurf, paddle surf y surf (Valencia)
168.      Seasurf Patrol (Cullera)
169.      SUP Traveller (Sedaví)
170.      Suplife Valencia (Valencia)
171.      Supskull (El Perellonet)
172.      Wet Valencia – Surf School (El Perellonet)
173.      XSA – Escuela de Surf Valencia (Meliana)

Baleares

174.      Bona Ona Mallorca Escuela de Surf & Bar (Can Pastilla)
175.      El Niño Surf Center (Can Pastilla)
176.      Es Caló Surf School (Mallorca)
177.      Escuela de surf (Can Pastilla)
178.      Kiteboarding & SUP Center Pollensa Bay (Pollença)
179.      Kitesurf mallorca pura vida. the best shop & school (Alcúdia)
180.      Kitesurf School (Muro)
181.      Kitesurfmallorca.net (Alcúdia)
182.      Laola surf school (Son Ferriol)
183.      Lunatics Surf Menorca (Sant Lluis)
184.      Mallorca Wakepark (Alcúdia)
185.      Mar Balear (El Toro Calvià)
186.      Pipeline Surf Shop (Palma de Mallorca)
187.      Portocolom Diving Club (Felanitx)
188.      Sports Mallorca
189.      Sports Mallorca (Palma)
190.      Sup Ibiza
191.      SUP Sóller (Port de Sóller)
192.      Surf & Sail Menorca (Son Xoriguer)
193.      Water Sports Mallorca Main School (Playa de Muro)

 Madrid

194.      Up Surf Club (Majadahonda)
195.      La Madrileña de Surf
196.      Carving Social Club

Reset Password
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare
0