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Beasho

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How Many Do You Have?
« on: October 08, 2018, 07:08:33 AM »
I was watching one of my daughters gymnastics events years ago when I heard two guys in the audience next to me talking about surfing.  They were going on about spots and boards and then one of them said “You can tell how good a guy is by how many surfboards he has.”  Then the first guy says ‘Yeah how many do you have?’  Two was the response.  Second guy says “I have Three.”   At this point I chimed in and asked what they were talking about.  They regaled the story and then asked me “How many do you have?”

My response: “I don’t know.”  They looked at eachother sideways.

Yesterday I decided to do an inventory check on my wetsuits.  I still don’t know how many I have  :o

PS: I think I have the same number of boards as wetsuits. 
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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2018, 07:25:09 AM »
Nah, I think that just makes us pack rats...I still have a wetsuit from the early 90's that hasn't been used since, well, the early 90's...  ;D

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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 08:01:36 AM »
That's a whole lotta rubber. Here in NJ you need a full compliment of different thicknesses to keep on keeping on. I have about half that by estimate. Recently unload a few at a yard sale. "All Wetsuits $5ea"!
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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 08:27:24 AM »
I get through the entire year with five suits.
I rarely surf without neoprene. I didn't trunk it once this year, but I never surf mid day when it's hot. Too many people. Dawn and dusk patrols in the summer.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 10:13:34 AM »
I do most of my surfing in Maui and even when the water temp is 50 and the air isn't much warmer, wearing rubber on a downwinder makes my head feel like the blood is boiling. But I still have a giant wad of wetsuits and drysuits. The stuff just accretes, like a coral reef.
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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 12:42:58 PM »
The number of wet/dry suits I have is "zero" (0) .
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2018, 01:03:06 PM »
The number of wet/dry suits I have is "zero" (0) .

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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2018, 01:38:52 PM »
most ppl I know have about 3 to 5 suits though back in the day I use to have just one suit for the whole season ;D

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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2018, 01:47:57 PM »
For me, wetsuits are like spare tires. The rubber doesn't get used it just gets old. My 3-2 fullsuit gets worn maybe 3 to 4 times a year. I'm like Pono, I hate being hot. I usually wear an impact vest under a rashguard, and that gets me through our high 60's to low 70 deg winter water temps. If I prone surf in winter (which is rare) I'll wear my 3-2 fullsuit. It's actually not warm enough if the water hits the mid to lower 60's. I just can't justify spending money on rubber I'll hardly ever use. I used to wear my spring suit all the time, but now I prefer the vest and rashguard only.

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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2018, 02:25:56 PM »
My winter suit is a 6/5. That keeps me comfortable between 25 and 40 degrees air temps. I know, I'm a wuss. A lot of the guys I surf with only need a 5/4 for those temps.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2018, 02:40:53 PM »
I was watching one of my daughters gymnastics events years ago when I heard two guys in the audience next to me talking about surfing.  They were going on about spots and boards and then one of them said “You can tell how good a guy is by how many surfboards he has.”  Then the first guy says ‘Yeah how many do you have?’  Two was the response.  Second guy says “I have Three.”   At this point I chimed in and asked what they were talking about.  They regaled the story and then asked me “How many do you have?”

My response: “I don’t know.”  They looked at eachother sideways.


Yesterday I decided to do an inventory check on my wetsuits.  I still don’t know how many I have  :o

PS: I think I have the same number of boards as wetsuits.

Thanks Beasho!

Have started negotiations with my wife about a foil board........I am in it for the long haul. Your photo of the wetsuits will be part of my negotiation strategy as I only have only four wetsuits (and two drysuits for kayaking), four Standup boards and one surfboard. I plan on keeping the foil board at our cabin in the interior and learn behind a little inflatable zodiac with a 10 hp motor. Guess who the driver needs to be?........ yes my wife! The ice won’t be off the lake until April so lots of time. Perhaps Not long enoughfor my wife to warm to the idea.

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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2018, 03:43:46 PM »
most ppl I know have about 3 to 5 suits though back in the day I use to have just one suit for the whole season ;D

My daughter looked at the wetsuits and said "Dad your not going to throw any of those away are you?  They all look good to me!"   ???

As I scan through them there are 2 hooded suits which I haven't bought since I started SUP'ing 9 years ago.  1 was, still is, brand new that I purchased with Christmas gift credit.  3 junior suits that I keep around for my kids and guests and one for my wife that we had custom made in the Gorge 19 years ago.  However I have a couple more in the attic and have retired some older suits to the East Coast. 

I typically wait to buy SUPREME or Hyperflex wetsuits on Amazon when they hit $100 to $150.  I too have found that I can get through the Winter in Northern California with a 3/2 when I layer with a 1.5 mm undershirt and float vest with a hood.  This way I keep the suits cheap(er) and the undergarments last for years. 

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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2018, 04:15:11 PM »
Hahaha...I can't remember the last time I wore a full wetsuit (5 years?)...that's the nice this about surf SUPing SoCal. On occasion I'll wear a vest or sleeves, and that's if it's really "cold" out there (60isho?). :o :)

Earlier this year I wore a spring suit for a false sense of security from impacts when learning to foil. Once I got to a point where I felt that I had enough experience/expertise that I knew what the board was doing or going to do that I could bail off in advance of any "board meeting" out there, the uncomfortable spring suit stayed in the van.
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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2018, 04:23:12 PM »
I keep 3 wetsuits...2/3, 2/3/4, and a 5/6. Couple those with a hooded vest and I'm good for anything. I'm usually in rubber by mid October...early this year a couple days. Sweat my ass of the other day in a 3/2...should have gone boardshorts. I'm not replacing the 5/6...I've found the 4/3 with the hooded vest is enough and the thick 5/6 feels like a straightjacket.
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Re: How Many Do You Have?
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2018, 05:36:20 PM »
One hooded wetsuit, 7/5 flex, used for SCUBA and cold water activities including surfing Lake Superior in the winter.
Special booties and gloves for subfreezing temps but still working on an ultimate cure for 'cold feet' in ice and snow...
One 3mm fullsuit on permanent loan from a dive buddy for summer use.
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