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Now that summer’s over, the temps are going to get a little chillier. But, that shouldn’t prevent you from going out in the water and catching some waves; just be prepared with the right equipment. For surfing, that means, a good wetsuit. Choosing the right one will help you maintain your flexibility and lessen the effects of cold water so you can surf comfortably for hours.

Since this will be your biggest purchase after a surfboard, do you know how to get the right one?

Two of the most popular options are spring suits and full suits. A spring suit is a short sleeve/short pant combination, while a full suit covers your entire body from your neck to your ankles. If you can purchase only one wetsuit, go for a full suit. It’s always better to be too warm than cold.

Most wetsuits come in black, but there are also a variety of colors/designs. Some have zippers in the back, some in the front, and some, none at all.

First, get rid of the misconception that a wetsuit is going to keep your body completely dry. A wetsuit is designed so that it lets in a little water to keep you core body temperature warm. Wetsuits are made of neoprene rubber, and are designed so that a thin layer of water is trapped between the wetsuit and you, enabling your body to warm the water to a comfortable level.

A wetsuit should feel snug and tight all over and conform to your body shape like a second skin, but it shouldn’t be so tight that you feel any loss of circulation in your hands or feet.

Also note that most manufacturers’ sizes are different, so you’ll need and want to try them out. In general, though, a guy’s T stands for tall, and a MT means medium tall. If you’re a tall and skinny guy, don’t get a large because an L will be too loose.


The thicker the suit, the warmer you’ll be. The thickness of a wetsuit is indicated by two numbers separated by a slash mark. The first number is the thickness of the wetsuit in millimeters (mm) for the portion that covers your torso. The second number is the thickness in millimeters (mm) for your limbs. More thickness is given to the torso to increase your body’s core heat. Less thickness is given to the extremities to increase flexibility and range of motion. Therefore, a 3/2 is 3mm covering your torso and 2mm covering your arms and legs.

In most cases, a 3/2 or 4/3 will keep you insulated down to 53 degrees. If it’s colder than that, you’ll need a thicker wetsuit, and may even want booties, gloves and a hood to keep warm.

Below is a general guide we found on which gives a good idea to which wetsuit thickness is right for your area’s seasonal ocean temperature:

Temperature Wetsuit
80 to 74 degrees Rash Guard
73 to 66 degrees 2mm Neoprene top or Spring Suit
65 to 58 degrees 2mm Long Sleeve Spring Suit or 3/2mm Full Suit
58 to 55 degrees 3/2mm Full Suit + Booties
54 to 49 degrees 4/3mm Full Suit + Booties
49 to 43 degrees 5/4mm Full Suit + Booties + Hood
42 degrees & below 6/5mm Full Suit + Booties+ Hood
Antarctica Dry suit + Booties + Hood


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The Board Art Benefit is holding a live auction event at The Boardroom in Del Mar, and boards are now available for pre-bidding. The Board Art Benefit, a project that began earlier this year, was designed to bring leading artists and shapers together to create original works of art utilizing surfboards for the purpose of raising support for SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions and connected through surfing.

There will be several new boards unveiled just for this auction event, and are now available for pre-bidding. The prices listed on the site are the “Buy-Now Pre-Auction” prices and are based on the values of the boards given by the artists, and are just for reference.

The boards include a limited line of surfboards featuring Andy Warhol’s original artwork. Tim Bessell from Bessell Surfboards secured the exclusive international rights to produce the line. They will only be producing 50 boards in the series; 5 different models each with its own unique Warhol graphics – 10 pieces per model. Each board in the series will be hand shaped, signed and numbered by Tim Bessell and include an imbedded identification chip for verifying authenticity.

All bids will be confidential, and the pre-bidding is a great opportunity for those who might not be able to make it to the Live Auction in person, but would like to place a bid in hopes of taking home one of these incredible boards. Any bid amount is acceptable, and if the live auction doesn’t fetch a higher bid for the board(s) you are interested in, you win!

Each artist has agreed to donate, (ranging from 50-100%), proceeds from the auction. The funds raised through these sales will directly support SurfAid’s humanitarian efforts on the Mentawai and Nias islands in Indonesia. All sales will be processed directly through SurfAid International.

Event details:
Place: The Boardroom Surf Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: Auction will be from 3-5pm

Note that the exhibit will be open all day although the auction begins at: 3:00pm.

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We’ve passed the halfway point, and now the world’s best surfers are heading to Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach from Sunday, September 16th – 22nd for the Hurley Pro competition, the 6th of the 10 ASP World Tour events. It is a critical stop in the quest for the 2012 ASP World Championship title, with the event victor ultimately winning the ASP World Title the past four years.

At this point Aussie Mick Fanning is in the #1 ranked position, just slightly ahead of his country mate Joel Parkinson. John John Florence (HAW), Kelly Slater (USA), and Taj Burrow (AUS), currently ranked 3, 4, and 5 respectively, threaten to steal the top spots held by the Australians.

This year the world’s surfing elite will tackle the surfing’s “Center Stage,” in a brand new World Tour seeding format and the most progressive judging criteria in the ASP’s history. For only the second time, the Tour will narrow its participants to just 32 instead of the usual 44.
Last year’s Hurley Pro set a historic record, offering the single largest first place and overall prize purse in ASP World Tour history; $105,000 first place prize and $400,000 overall. This year’s first-place check has yet to be determined.

Lined with cobblestones, San Onofre State Beach – Lower Trestles is California’s premier point/reef break and a world-class showcase for high-performance surfing. It is considered almost unanimously to be the most high-performance wave in the world, and where the most futuristic maneuvers in surfing are attempted and perfected.

With waves that’s propelled surfing careers, let this critical week at Trestles begin!
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A team of scientists out of Auckland University in New Zealand recently conducted studies of the actual physiological demands of competitive surfing, and have proven that overall fitness is important to surfing success.

The studies, which were published last month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, recruited 12 professional New Zealand surfers, outfitted the surfers with tiny, sophisticated, waterproof heart rate monitors and GPS units and then simply let them ride. The surfers wore the various monitors during three heats at two separate competitions in the surf off the New Zealand coast.

The discovery: to be a fit and functioning competitive surfer, you’ll need a “high endurance for paddling with bursts of high-intensity activity and short recovery times.”

The study breaks down the standard activity of a heat into four parts. The surfers spent 54 percent of the heat paddling, 28 percent of the time stationary on their boards, and only 8 percent of the heat spent actually riding waves.

Forget the perception that surfing is calm and meditative. According to the GPS data collected, over the course of a 20-minute heat, the surfers traveled an average distance of about one mile (two thirds of that covered while paddling). The average paddle speed for the surfers was 2.3 mph and the average high speed while riding waves was 20.75 mph, with the top recorded speed of the event clocking in at 27.96 mph. Throughout the heat, heart rates stayed in the moderate- to high-intensity range for two-thirds of the time, with surfers’ heart rates soaring to 190-plus beats per minute during the competitions and rarely dropping below 120 beats per minute. Thus, surfing is a quite a workout requiring high-level aerobic endurance, given that the heart rate stays above 120 beats per minute at least 80 percent of the time, and given the amount of time spent paddling.

Surfing also requires muscular power, particularly in the upper body. In the second of the new surfing studies, elite surfers visited the group’s lab, turning paddles rapidly with their arms to simulate ocean paddling. Those who could generate the most wattage while paddling were also the highest-ranked surfers of the group.

So what should you do to optimize a surf-specific workout? Do exercises emphasizing aerobic conditioning, fast recovery times, and high-intensity heart rate workloads. This could include press-ups, bench presses, squats, abdominal crunches, pull-ups, and general arm exercises, and power training exercises such as jumping onto and off boxes or stair steps. Surf-specific training could include paddling with resistance in a pool or on a rowing machine in a gym.

Finally, you’ll need to put in hours of running, bicycling or swimming to build the endurance required to reach the good waves.
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Peruvian Surfer Cristobal de Col Sets New World Record and Carves One of the World’s Longest Waves 34 Times in a Single Run ISA World Surfing Games Junior Champion Cristobal de Col recently pushed through fatigue, mental pressure and a jellyfish plague to set a brand new world record by performing 34 carved turns on the longest wave in the world at the Red Bull Chicama Challenge.

Chicama, a surfer’s paradise located in the north of Peru, is known for its waves that run for over two minutes, earning its reputation as the longest left-hand wave in the world. Endearingly called by the locals as “Malpaso”, “Keys”, “The Point”, and “El Hombre,” locals claim to have achieved a single ride all the way from the top of the cape to the pier, for a distance of about 2.2 km, in 10 foot swells.

So there was no better place for the Red Bull Chicama Challenge, in which Peruvian surf star Cristobal, his team, and family spent two full days attempting to set a brand new world record for the most maneuvers performed on a single wave.

“All the while I was counting and my mind was only focused on that moment. When I reached 25, I really started to give it my all. I chose to do carved turns because it’s the maneuver that fits best to this type of inconsistent wave,” explained an exhausted Cristobal, who is now a happy world record holder.

Cristobal accomplished the feat on August 25th in 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Check out this video where you’ll see Cristobal perform the 34 cutbacks he pulled off in Chicama. So awesome and congrats!

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