Buying wetsuits for windsurfing is necessary because they allow for ease of movement and higher speeds. The wetsuit is also designed to keep you warm and and protect against particular injuries when windsurfing. Here is your guide to buying a wetsuit by use here at EverythingWindsurfing!
The Thickness of Your Wetsuit
For any windsurfing beginner, all you really need is a wetsuit with a thickness of 2.5 – 3mm — thin enough so you don’t even feel it when you wear it. Make sure to try our your wetsuit in advance to make sure it fits snugly. If it’s too tight, it can cause cramps and prevent blood circulation.
The general rule, is the thicker the wetsuit is, the warmer it is but at the expense of flex-ability. Before buying a wetsuit, please see below this nifty table with the thickness necessary for the type of sport and temperature.
The Seam of the Wetsuit
Seams hold the wetsuit together. Therefore, the construction of the seams is important to understanding how comfortable the wetsuit will be and how well it maintains heat.
Sealed and taped seams work best for colder waters under 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of wetsuit has taping both on the inside and outside of the wetsuit. This kind of wetsuit prevents any water from coming in.
Sealed seams are wetsuits best for temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It is constructed by first being glued and then stitched. A small amount of water is allowed to pass through unlike the sealed and taped seams.
Flatlock seams work well in waters with higher temperatures of 62 degrees Fahrenheit and up. The inside of the wetsuit looks the same as the outside and is completely flat. Some water is allowed to pass through this type of seam so one can cool off.
Neoprene is a a category of synthetic rubbers that is most commonly used in wetsuits, but is also used in the construction of laptop sleeves, braces, electrical insulation, and other elastic membranes.
You want your wetsuit to have some super stretch neoprene. At least 30% of your wetsuit should be this super stretch material, but some professional windsurfers opt for their wetsuit to be completely super stretch for maximum flexibility.
Consult this video if you want more details and demonstrations on the neoprene types when it comes to wetsuits:
Like all windsurfing equipment, there are plenty of customizable aspects to consider when buying a wetsuit.
For example, some wetsuits have short zippers or none at all. However, most windsurfers opt for the chest zipper as the standard. Other wetsuits also have pockets for keys and any other small valuables.
Of course, the design is up to you — make sure you pick something you love look-wise, since you’ll be rocking your wetsuit a lot if you’re windsurfing.