A surfer brings his favorite wetsuit, a 3/2mm wetsuit to his favorite surf spot. But then, he discovers that because he’s gained weight, the wetsuit doesn’t fit and it breaks.
When I drove up to Rincon Point, one of California’s premier fall and winter surf breaks, the waves were overhead, six feet and more, and I had brought my 3/2mm wetsuit. 5/4mm wetsuits have 4mm panels in the action areas, under the arms and thighs for flexibility, and are ok for surfing, but not at Rincon. They’re too heavy.
Rincon is known as the Queen of the Coast for the reason that the waves are as close to perfection as they get. They’re regal. There are several take-off spots, the Indicator, which is furthest down, and biggest, and in my opinion worst, because the waves close-out, or don’t peel-off, the Point, and the Cove. Don’t bring a bodyboard to Rincon, and if you do, don’t take off in front of a local. You will be in the very least replacing your leash, or at most, your teeth. I have seen some vicious beatings at Rincon. And that’s just between guys. I once saw this girl beat the heck out of a guy.
When I put on my wetsuit, the back zipper broke. Surfing with an open wetsuit is like surfing in a lead suit filled with water. I had to watch while others had fun. Moral: Lose weight or bring a back-up wetsuits.
My 3/2mm wetsuit is a thing of beauty. It’s there for me fall, winter, spring and even summer. I love it. My 3/2mm wetsuit never asks me to ‘take the garbage out, or ‘ have I looked for a job today.’ My 3/2mm wetsuit does not have to be taken out for expensive dinners, or it does not make me to say ‘I love you’ incessantly. My 3/2mm wetsuit is never out of style on the coldest winter morning, or windiest summer afternoon, I am always surfing in complete, stretchy, stylish comfort. Any more about my 3/2 wetsuit and you will think I am weird.
In the fall and winter, when other surfers are over-dressed from head to toe in 5/4mm wetsuits, booties and even hoods, my 3/2mm wetsuit is more than enough. Even if I’m cold to start the session, by the first or second wave, the 3/2mm wetsuit is feeling like a second skin, and I am ripping. I have several 3/2mm wetsuits, zippered and zipperless, and I love them all equally. And I have learned my lesson about bringing back-ups, plus I have lost weight.