How to Stay Warm While Surfing

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The best way to stay warm while surfing is to wear a thermal suit that is appropriate for the weather, such as a 0.5 millimeter-thick thermal top for cool mornings and a thicker neoprene body suit for the colder months. Maintain a steady body temperature while hitting the waves with help from an experienced surfing instructor in this free video on water sports.

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Hey, how's it going? My name is Joe Vagnerini of Aussie Island Surf Shop in Wilmington, North Carolina. I'm here to tell you about how to stay warm while surfing. Basically right now in Wilmington the water's about 81 degrees so you don't really need anything to add to the warmth while you're surfing in the summertime here. However maybe in the early mornings you can wear something such as a long sleeve thermal top or short sleeve which is just a light thermal top at about 0.5 to 1 millimeter. It's just very light; it's kind of blocks the wind and it keeps you warm. It's very important to stay warm while surfing. It will give you the ability to last longer out on the water and keep your flexibility up the warmer that your body temp is. As you start to get cold you, it's hard to stand up and it's hard for your body to react as fast. As the season starts to get later in the fall and everything like that you're going to want to gear toward a more, more neoprene on your body. There's many variations to spring suits with long sleeves or maybe it could even be long legs; but the basic ones are a spring suit which it cuts off at your arms right above your elbow and as, also it cuts off about right at your knee and the rest is your body, your core of your body is all covered in neoprene. This is a very good suit, very common suit in the springtime as the water is still kind of cool; but they're starting to warm up like that and the lesser, the lesser your print you have on your body is going to allow you to have the most flexibility. So it's key in not, maybe overdo it by wearing too much rubber or underdoing it by having not enough. As, as it get into the dead winter you're going to wear a common 4/3 wet suit or a 3/2 wet suit which by the way means 3 millimeters to 2 millimeters and 4 millimeters to 3 millimeters and it maybe even as far as north as you go, there's 5 millimeter, whatever the water persist. Generally in this area you can get away with the 4/3 or 2/3, 3/2. As the water gets even very cold you're going to have to have something on your hands as well as on your feet where you wear boots and gloves. This is a basic concept. The boots are pretty much just like shoes; they have rubber on the, the bottom of them and they have, it's neoprene all the way up to your ankle and you just fold your wet suit down on top to seal it from water getting in. Then you have the gloves which is just a, a glove that you put on your hand that's light neoprene that gives you the warmth in your hands. That's how to stay warm while surfing.

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