After my last surf session, I am glad to report that I was officially able to peel back the hood on my winter wetsuit. Sure, I still need gloves and boots, but the hood was off. Popping the top is always a great sign of things to come, but it leaves me in a bit of a dilemma in terms of my gear.
When it came time to purchase a winter suit, I maxed out and went with a 6 millimeter O’Neill, and in February I generally have few regrets about this. But, in the transitional seasons I find myself too warm in the big daddy, as the suit is affectionately referred to, but too cold in my 3 millimeter.
I realize that this is very convenient problem and that plenty of people in the world should wish to have such worries. I also understand that this “dilemma” hardly warrants blog space, but if you have read this far I will share my options with you as I see them:
- I buy a 4 or maybe a 5 millimeter suit for the transitional seasons, which in New Jersey amounts to a month in the spring and a month in the fall.
- I stop whining and suck it up, wait for a warm spell and forget about winter altogether.
- I buy a one millimeter top to put on under my 3 millimeter suit, and let my lower half, including my spindly legs, freeze.
Being that I usually ascribe to the sentiment “less is more,” I am inclined to go with option 2. After all, it is May already. But there is still one deciding factor to contend with, and that is the reports from MagicSeaWeed, Localswell, and Surfline.
If the stars align, and a peak swell should develop where I want hours of water time in absolute comfort, I will be off to buy that suit. Of course this is wishful thinking on my part. The reports look marginal at best. None-the-less, I am only an impulse buy away from having the session of my life!
I can hear the wetsuit makers praying for waves- it is money in their coffers after all. And the best part about it is I can hear them so clearly without that damn hood on my head.