Which wetsuit to choose for surfing?

Quelle combinaison choisir pour le surf ?

Surfing is an adventure. The surfer is continually searching for the perfect wave. Every detail counts to optimize performance.

The Neoprene wetsuit is the main element of a surfer's equipment. Its primary purpose is to keep warm in the most extreme conditions.

You must therefore choose your combination based on the following 4 criteria:

  • The place to analyze the water temperature and thus choose the right thickness of neoprene.
  • The intensity of its practice to optimize the quality, durability and price of a surf suit.
  • Its level to maximize its performance in the water.
  • An eco-responsible approach to surf wetsuits.
  1. Which combination for which water temperature?

The ultimate question to stay warm as long as possible. And yes… once you're a surfer, you're passionate so you want to catch as many waves as possible and stay in the water for a long time. You therefore need a suit that is comfortable and capable of keeping you warm for hours. Of course, the neoprene must also be flexible to optimize your performance during your maneuvers.

Neoprene will therefore keep you more or less warm depending on its thickness on your body.

At ONE SURFING CO, we have created a range of 3 surf wetsuits with different neoprene thicknesses to suit each water temperature.

When we say 4/3mm, 3/2mm and 2/2mm it is the distribution of neoprene thickness on your body to maximize warmth and freedom of movement. For example, you have 4mm at the torso and thighs and 3mm at the arms, shoulders and lower legs. This allows you to have heat in the center but to optimize flexibility on each maneuver. It's also a question of weight, it's better to have the lower neoprene thickness on the shoulders to make paddling easier.

surfer in 4/3mm thick neoprene wetsuit

The 4/3mm or the winter warrior suit. In fact, it is designed to keep warm in waters between 10°C and 14°C. Of course, external conditions can accentuate the feeling of cold.

Surfer wearing a 3/2mm thick neoprene wetsuit

The 3/2mm designed for between seasons. This surf suit will accompany you in water between 14°C and 18°C. It is light and comfortable to wear to maximize your performance in the water. Some 3/2mm, notably Yamamoto #40 neoprene, can accompany you in water at 12°C.

Surfer wearing a 2/2mm thick neoprene wetsuit

The 2/2mm or “Summer Body” is the ideal neoprene wetsuit for surfing during the summer in water between 18°C ​​and above.

You're going to tell me, why wear a wetsuit during the summer? Often the wind picks up and can thus accentuate the feeling of cold even if the water is temperate. In addition, having a thin layer of Neoprene on you can protect you from possible injury. And finally, it protects against UV rays which are quite important during this period. If you want to know more about this summer surf suit, click here.

The Neoprene suit is to keep you warm. We understand.

Let's talk a little about performance.

The quality of Neoprene is very important to optimize its performance in the water. We chose to work with Japanese YAMAMOTO #40 neoprene . It is the perfect balance between warmth and flexibility. It provides incomparable comfort to optimize your surfing performance. In addition, it is manufactured in an eco-responsible way using limestone rock and used tires.

  1. How many times do you surf per week, per month and per year to choose your wetsuit?

In a perfect world, the neoprene suit should last a long time, even a lifetime to correspond to an ultimate eco-responsible approach. This is our dream, unfortunately not yet achievable.

At ONE, we know that the surf suit will last more or less time depending on your practice.

You must therefore choose high-performance and durable neoprene to maximize its lifespan.

As mentioned previously, Yamamoto #40 neoprene is the ideal solution to combine performance, the most flexible on the market and durability.

Surfing is a demanding sport that demands a lot once you get into the water. You must therefore be as comfortable as possible in your suit. Choose soft, warm neoprene that does not irritate the skin.

surfer on a wave in neoprene wetsuit

Yamamoto is the perfect example. There is also the even warmer Yulex neoprene.

If you practice in summer only, you can choose a light and flexible neoprene to maximize your performance.

If you practice a little each season when you get the chance, it is important to choose a suit that is warm but offers flexibility features to improve your performance each session.

Finally, if you practice intensively all year round, it is important to choose high-end neoprene that combines comfort, lightness and warmth. Yamamoto #40 is the perfect solution.

Finally, let's talk a little about ecology, surfing is good but it's even better when we preserve our playground.

  1. Choose a surf suit according to your level.

Equipping yourself to surf represents a fairly large budget.

Most surf brands offer different ranges for more or less attractive prices. We will see below that this is not necessarily the most eco-responsible approach.

Low-end = very advantageous price but not necessarily comfortable.

High-end = expensive but all the advantages to surf like a pro…

If you are just starting out or if you don't have the chance to practice often, we recommend a low-cost surf wetsuit, it will be warm but not very flexible. However, these are often durable neoprenes to optimize the budget over the years.

On the other hand, if you are finally hooked like all surfers after taking your first wave, you need a better quality surf suit that offers comfort and flexibility that will allow you to improve with each wave.

Finally, the ideal for occasional surf sessions or even just starting out is to buy a reconditioned, second-hand wetsuit. This allows you to have access to quality neoprene at an unbeatable price. Plus, you're doing a good thing for the planet.

Take the example of your first car, your phone, they were not new… and yet worked very well for your use.

  1. Choose your surf suit with an eco-responsible approach.

In design, it is important today to choose a durable neoprene designed in an eco-responsible way. Most brands offer it with manufacturing from limestone rocks, oyster shells, tires and recycled plastic bottles and the use of water-based glue. Thus, we avoid using petrochemical elements.

It's normal in the world we live in to offer these products. Of course, performance must also be there.

The pricing policy, we have the impression that an ecological product is synonymous with a high price... but having an eco-responsible approach means charging prices that adapt to everyone's practice.

Stop overproducing to meet all needs in terms of quality and price.

Offer recycling and repairs when possible instead of throwing away…

AT ONE SURFING CO, we offer high-end surf wetsuits at low prices that adapt to everyone's practice.

We use Yamamoto #40 neoprene which has all the qualities mentioned above.

We only design one range of surf wetsuits with quality materials. The new one is intended for surfers who practice intensively all year round and the reconditioned one for those who do not have a large budget, who practice less often, or who are just starting out. As a result, we best optimize the duration of the neoprene suit which adapts to everyone.

Finally, we recycle all neoprene wetsuits regardless of the brand or its condition thanks to various French partners close to our customers.

We also repair worn wetsuits to benefit surf schools or charities to bring the joys of surfing to as many people as possible.

In summary, choose your surf suit based on these criteria:

  • Water temperature and therefore the thickness of the neoprene to choose.
  • Your intensive practice or not with your level to buy new or reconditioned.
  • The eco-responsible approach associated with the brand and its neoprene suit.


Good surfing and see you soon!