Wetsuit Care & Post Surf Sesh




Wetsuit Care & Post Surf Sesh

Show Your Wetsuit Some Love

Proper care of your wetsuit can significantly extend its life ensuring you get the most out of your investment. Here are some tips for taking care of your wetsuit after surfing to maintain its performance, durability, and longevity. 

Rinse Thoroughly: After each session, rinse your wetsuit with fresh, clean water. Use a hose, shower, or a bucket to remove saltwater, sand, and any other debris. Pay special attention to zippers, seams, and pockets.

Inside-Out Rinse: Turn your wetsuit inside out and rinse it again to remove salt and sand from the interior. Salt can accelerate deterioration, so thorough rinsing is crucial.

Avoid Hot Water: Do not use hot water to rinse your wetsuit, as it can damage the neoprene material. Stick to cold or lukewarm water.

Use a Wetsuit Shampoo or Cleaner: Periodically, use a shampoo or cleaner specifically designed for neoprene to clean your wetsuit. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results.

Hang to Dry: Hang your clean wetsuit on a broad-shouldered hanger to dry thoroughly in a shaded, well-ventilated area. Avoid direct sunlight for extended periods, as UV rays degrade neoprene. While hanging your wetsuit, avoid placing too much stress on the shoulders, which can lead to stretching. 

Storing: Use a hanger designed for wetsuits with broad shoulders. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, heat sources, or extreme cold. A wetsuit bag can help protect it.

Avoid Folding, Crumpling or Extended Compression: Store your wetsuit flat or hang it on a hanger to prevent creases and maintain its shape. Folding or crumpling it can damage the neoprene. Leaving it for extended periods in a tightly packed bag or under heavy objects can damage the neoprene and affect its flexibility.

Avoid Sharp Objects: Sharp objects or rough surfaces can puncture or tear the neoprene.

Repair Minor Damage: Promptly address any small tears, holes, or loose seams with wetsuit repair glue or patches designed for neoprene. 

Check Zippers and Velcro: Regularly inspect and clean zippers and velcro closures to ensure they function smoothly. Lubricate zippers with a silicone-based zipper lubricant if necessary.

Rotate Use: If you're lucky enough to have multiple wetsuits, rotating their use can extend their lifespan. This allows each wetsuit to dry completely between sessions.

Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to keep your wetsuit comfortable and in good condition for many surf sessions to come.

How to change out of a wetsuit on a public beach:

Changing out of a wetsuit discreetly on the beach can be challenging, especially when there are no dedicated changing facilities available. Here are some tips:

First, keep sand away from your wetsuit by using a towel or changing mat: Lay it on the sand or a flat surface to provide a barrier between you and the ground.

Choose a Remote Location: Find a less crowded and more secluded spot on the beach, ideally behind dunes or rocks, if available. Or, you can use your car or a beach tent for added privacy.

Timing: Change when fewer people are around, early morning or during off-peak hours. Avoid crowded areas or peak beach times.

Use a Changing Poncho or Robe: These are designed for surfers and water sports enthusiasts to provide privacy and can be used to change discreetly in public places. These garments typically have a hood and armholes for easy changing.

Use a Lubricant: Using baby oil, body glide, veggie oil or silicone gel on your wrists or ankles will help get your wetsuit off quickly. Do not use vaseline, as it's petroleum based.

Use an extra large T-shirt or Sarong: Wear a loose-fitting T-shirt or sarong over your wetsuit while you step out of it. Gals often wear a bikini top or rashguard underneath.

Ask for Assistance: If you have a friend or fellow kitesurfer with you, ask them to hold up a towel or a changing poncho to provide a makeshift changing room.

Change in Stages: Start by removing the upper part (upper body and arms). Once you've removed the upper part, you can discreetly remove the lower part under a towel or robe.

Be Quick and Efficient: Minimize the time it takes to change out of your wetsuit. The faster you can change, the less likely you'll draw attention.

Be Respectful of Others: Always be considerate of other beachgoers and maintain a respectful distance from them. Keep your changing process discreet and low-key.

Practice Makes Perfect: You'll become more adept at changing out of your wetsuit quickly and discreetly over time, as you figure out what works best for you.

Remember that changing discreetly in public places is not only about personal privacy but also about respecting the comfort and sensitivities of others sharing the beach with you. Always follow local beach rules and cultural etiquette, and be mindful of your surroundings while changing out of your wetsuit.

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