Sealing the Deal

Posted: May 3, 2010 in Surf Gear
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With the first days of May arriving I think we can safely say that New Jersey surfers will be able to store the winter gear away soon.  Gone temporarily are the 38 degree water temperatures and the 6mm O’Neil Psycho II wetsuits.  Soon we will be frolicking in 3mm suits without hoods.  Not long after that we may even grab a few sessions in our shorts! 

In the meantime, I am going to share a simple repair that you can use for your boots and gloves if they have developed holes like mine have.  This fix is cheap and easy.  If you surf in the winter, you know that even a small tear in the fabric of a wetsuit can spoil a session, so here is what I suggest. 

Can You Say Frostbite?

Go to your local hardware store and buy a tube of clear silicone plumber’s caulk.  Coat the areas that have torn thoroughly, beading the caulk.  Next, let the fix dry for a minimum of 48 hours. 

A $4.00 Fix


When that is done you can finish the seal with a piece of duct tape.  If you are fashion forward, you may want to stay away from that final move, but really, who cares? 

This will seal the deal.  I have used this trick to keep me from having to buy both new boots and gloves, saving myself over $120.00.   That is a head start on my next board, the Merrick Pod, which is an expenditure I would much rather make!  

Once the repair is complete start to think about storing that gear away.  With any luck we will not need it again for a little while.

  1. Tim says:

    Got a session in this evening in my 4/3, 3 mil gloves and no hood.. Chickened out on the booties though and went with the winter variety.. haha

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