The temperature in more than 55% of the world's oceans ranges from zero to 18 degrees celsius. This means that more than half of planet Earth's potential surf zones, will require some sort of rubber insulation for you to paddle out and enjoy the waves.
The value of the humble wetsuit cannot be overstated. The surfing world is your oyster, precisely because of these flexible rubber bodysuits.
And the technology improves every year, making wetsuits more effective, functional, lightweight and comfortable.
The flip side of all that technological innovation, is that wetsuits are by no means cheap. These days they can cost more than your surfboard, fins and leash combined.
Necessary as they are, you want your wetsuit to last as long as possible, delivering many toasty sessions.
The Karma Now Wetsuit Guide presents a good opportunity to remind you how to take care of your neoprene investment.
1. RINSE YOUR SUIT
Make sure to rinse your suit after each use with fresh, cool water.
Don't use hot water, as it reduces neoprene flexibility.
2. HANG YOUR WETSUIT TO DRY INSIDE-OUT
Make sure to hang it on a plastic or wooden hanger in the shade
Don't hang the wetsuit in direct sunlight, as this damages the neoprene.
3. OCCASIONALLY SOAK YOUR WETSUIT
make sure to soak it in non-bleach, and with mild laundry detergent sudsy water.
Repeatedly peeing in your suit will
make it smell like a latrine.
No one wants that.
4. NEVER IRON YOUR WETSUIT
Wetsuits should never be ironed or put in a washing machine or tumble dryer.
5. AVOIDING HEATING OR FOLDING YOUR WETSUIT
Heating your wetsuit can damage the seams and glue stitiching of your suit.
Leaving it in a crumpled heap in the back of your car can also cause deformaties to the neoprene.