Wetsuits

Wetsuit Room Build-out at South Coast Surf Shop in Ocean Beach

If you have visited our stores in Ocean Beach lately, you may have noticed some changes! As of April, South Coast Longboards was turned into South Coast Wahines OB- an all girls store mocking our PB location off of Crystal Pier. We gave it a face lift adding wooden floors, a chandelier, and some girly touches for an all around sophisticated yet fun and beachy boutique look! But with all this sprucing up, we couldn’t forget about our oldest location-South Coast located on Newport  Street in Ocean Beach! So far, we have made our wetsuit room more uniform (before it was wetsuits and surfboards combined) and moved our surfboards to what used to be the ladies section. For the next few weeks you will notice “Pardon Our Dust” posters as our remodel continues but we aren’t closing our doors so stop in, say “Hi”, and check out our new wetsuit section because the water is getting cooler and you may need that new O’Neill Psycho 3 soon!

O'Neill Psycho 3 Wetsuit

All New O’Neill Psycho 3 with Technobutter Neoprene

O’Neill has been popular with their ever-evolving Psycho wetsuit collection and for Fall 2012 they have debuted Psycho III. When O’Neill first came out with the Psycho II, flexibility, stretch, and fit was the focus. Nothing has changed- just evolved! Here are the new features to O’Neill’s Psycho III:

*Technobutter Neoprene is an super stretch neoprene that is 17% lighter and has 30% less water absorption. Its the most advanced super stretch material on the market.
*Double Superseam Weld is a slimmer (60% thinner and lighter) silicon-based urathane seal with double weld (top and bottom) and the triple glue to keep water out at all costs.
*New Super Seal Cuff is O’Neill’s best cuff ever for all around protection- stop water where it would enter first!
*Patented Zen Zip Entry with Drain Hole is a barrier system in the collar. If water tries to get through the Zen Zip collar, it is blocked by a barrier and forced out with drain hole.
All technical features on the O’Neill Psycho III include:
* Firewall Insulation
* Double Superseal Neck
* Drain Hole
* Ultra Flex XDS
* Barrier 2
* Lumbar Seamless Design
* External Key Pocket
* Zen Zip Closure
* Krypto Knee Padz
* XDS Air Firewall
* Superseal Cuffs
* Minimal Seam Design
* Superseam
* Technobutter

So which wetsuit is better? The O’Neill Psycho I, II, or III? You be the judge…Available at South Coast OB and South Coast PB.

Patagonia R1 Reversible Long Sleeve Back Zip 2mmEnjoy the sleek form fitting design of Patagonia’s R1 2mm Vest or 2mm Long Sleeved Reversible Top during this coming summers dawn patrol paddle outs. Whether the afternoon dropping tide is meeting a growing south swell or high tide mush burgers are on tap, these tops will stay on tight with the Patagonia engineered Front Loop board short tie. Flatlock stitching with bar tacks, glue dots, and Melcro reinforcements at critical seam junctions are durable and non-restricting. Losing your fins and getting ground up in the sand at the Wedge this summer will be just as painful, but at least you’ll look good getting tossed upside down in the rigorously tested and handmade 2mm R1 Reversible Vest. With neoprene made out of 88% recycled polyester and 12% nylon you can feel good in knowing that Patagonia is doing their part to promote and take part in the importance of utilizing reusable materials.

In warm to hot water temperature bodies of water you’ll be best suited picking up the Men’s 2mm R1 Reversible Vest. The sleeveless design will provide core warmth with unrestricted arm movement. Another great feature is that on the brightest days you can turn it inside out to reflect the suns rays and help you to keep from overheating. Further benefits include the aid in fighting stomach rashes for surfers unaccustomed to life in board shorts and bare backing it. From seasonal warm summer water conditions here in California to warmer island locations, the addition of Patagonia’s 2mm R1 Reversible Long sleeve top to your wetsuit quiver is an excellent choice. Both pieces will perform well and remain fitting even after years of abuse by Patagonia adding spandex bindings at the arm and collar openings to keep you coming back for more.

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Quiksilver Grom SynchroGroms are wild crazy energetic monsters whose youth is wasted on the young and their body generally never enough to keep them warm. If it weren’t for those little gremlins we’d all still be doing check turns and spend our waves finding them trim so for the sake of surfing’s progression let us keep the little ones warm. Quik has the same quality Synchro 2mm spring adult synchro scaled down for grommets. They still use their hyper stretch materials throughout the entire suit to give that added flexibility for all those crazy flips and recoveries that make most people joints start to ache just watching them. This Spring runs a basic flatlock stictch along with seamless paddlezones to avoid those nasty rashes that can come about when all they do over the summer months is surf eat and cause mischief. The trouble with groms is that normally they outgrow suits too quickly to be used another season but with the Spring suits generally the extra arm ands legs they’re still growing into won’t really affect the fit of the suit. The chest panel also runs their vaporstretch material on both grom and adults. Generally a rare find to procure in a Spring but Quik went ahead and tossed some of that warm golden fleece to help keep your chest a little dryer and you in the water longer. As I mentioned before the Adult and boys suits are identical so there a great buy if you need to get more than one in the family.

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Quiksilver Ignite Spring WetsuitsThe Ignite is the second tier line of Quiksilver’s three tier wetsuit series. The line appeals to more core surfers that want the essentials for longer sessions but can do without the bells whistles and flashy colors of the top tier Cypher line. The Ignite 2mm GBS Jacket is a rare find in the world of surf tops as its one of the few to have fully sealed seams. Most tops feature a flatlock stitch which allows water to pass through the seams freely, ultimately nipping away a fair amount of your warmth in the long run. The Ignite runs Glued and Blind-stitched seams (Hence GBS) which seal the suit from those obnoxious pinhole leaks that sends the occasional shiver up ones spine. Now you’re probably asking why would one worry about being cold if you’re surfing in trunks. The answer is that most of us in California and Maui have this obnoxious pest called onshore wind. Once the wind cuts into your jacket it will start to cool the water closer to your skin therefore chilling you out. Having a sealed seam jacket keeps more water out so you can stay warmer. Another quirk of the Ignite series is that it does not run smoothie panels. That seal-like layer of rubbed is great for blocking out the occasional gust but if you’re practically dry under the jacket why bother? Smoothie has the drawbacks of becoming crispy and ultimately brittle with extended sun exposure as well as raising the price by a solid $20-30 that could be put towards the inevitable summer board repair. Removing the panels keeps the Jacket lasting a little longer for your buck and as an added bonus for the guy who wants as little resistance as possible makes the jacket significantly lighter. I know there are those who comment why would you need to make a jacket any lighter? With warm water come heavy solar rays ready to zap our endurance, something light and easy to use so can make all the difference in a 2 hour session riddled with summer vacation groms.

Now if you’ve been fortunate enough to get onto a plane and enter someplace tropical away from the crowds chances are you’re surfing something with pretty sharp reef. Cutting your foot on coral is probably the most demoralizing way to keep yourself out of the water. One good slice and standing on your board can feel like walking a bed a knives and I’m not going to even bring up the idea of infections. Protect those piggies and your trip with some Indo Booties. Quik makes the Ignite 2mm split toe Indo bootie that should protect against most of those nasty little critters on the sea floor. The Ignite Indo runs a heavy amount of vulcanized rubber on its sole to keep your soft spots covered. I wouldn’t deem this item practical for white sand beach breaks as the extra rubber is meant to deal with lava rock and coral spurs. The upside of the weight is that you can be assured that after multiple walks across sketchy waterscapes that they will hold up. If you’re worried about them holding water fret not as they do feature three sizeable drain holes near the center of your arch to allow all that water to pass through and avoid ever debilitating balloon foot. Upon first look you see the boot is shaped as a roundtoe but in fact it has an internal split. You get the best of both worlds, the flexibility of a split but without the worries of having your leash snag on your own feet. An amazing functional pairing of features considering that taking a bad fall on the drop in a place where you need to wear these boots means a whole lot of lime and rubbing alcohol in your future. All and all the Ignite series I uphold as the core series of Quiksilver’s line. They run more expensive than their Intro level Synchro cousin but that’s because if you’re rocking this line you’re probably not surfing intro level surf. A series perfect for the guy who wants gear that works in the conditions that have some consequence.

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Quiksilver Synchro Spring WetsuitThe Synchro line from Quiksilver is the starter set of their wetsuit line. Suits and accessories alike the features maintain solid price point purchases that gets you what you need to stay warm. This line is perfect for surfers just starting out or for the season vets who just bought the top of the line wetsuit and want to avoid an overdraft on top tier gloves and hoods. The Synchro 1mm pullover Vest is a year round accessory that can accommodate any budget and situation. This vest is that extra piece of material to keep your back from frying in the summer sun, avoid some of that afternoon breeze cutting back your wave count and all without the cost of sweating out all your endurance with its low millimeter weight. The other end of the spectrum is that the vest is thin enough to be worn comfortably under a wetsuit. We’ve seen guys take thick smoothie lined vests under a normal full suit and the results end up looking like something along the lines of a failed Houdini trick. This slim vest doesn’t impede any paddle zones on its own so in those harsh winter months where a 4/3 is too bulky and the 3/2 is just shy of comfortable this little nugget bridges the gap. An extra $45 for a vest that can be used year round versus an extra $260 investment for a solid 4/3 is a choice I can easily weight out in more post surf burritos.

The Short John is one of my favorite wetsuits to wear. I get near the freedom of trunks but I get the added warmth and sun protection from a wetsuit that doesn’t inhibit my movements. Quik has their version as the Synchro 2/1mm Short John. The suit’s leg cut is just above the knee but not so high that you’re something out of an 80’s Maui and Suns add. There’s nothing to for a knee to get caught on and no worries off pulling a “Bruce Flash” on a bad fall. The the sleeves are broad over your traps as to avoid pinching; there is no sense in wearing a wetsuit if it feels as if you’re surfing with a monkey on your back. If you’re the type that has shoulder concerns or just hates wearing neoprene in general I recommend trying a Short John on in the dressing room and let the difference speak for itself. I love seeing a good short sleeve wetsuit tan during summer but these are just as functional as their longer armed cousins with the added ease of a no legged wettie.

The Synchro 1.5mm Jacket is the quick stop of the line (pun partially intended). This is the jacket we’ll toss to any and all who simply need something fast. If you don’t have much time to tell us at the shop your specific needs other than “I need something more than trunks” while all your buddies are threating to leave you behind if you don’t hurry up this what you’ll end up with in your hands. It runs 100% of Quiksilver’s hyper stretch material making it one of the most flexible price point jackets on the market. The Jacket runs a flat lock stitch for breathable seams though I myself prefer a glued seam this keeps costs down and a more comfortable touch on the average surfer’s skin. The jacket also runs a short zipper in the back to add ease of removal, if you just spent all day surfing the last thing you want is a 10 minute wrestling match to get your jacket off. It’s a simple design with a 1.5 mm thickness you can throw on and go surf with confidence in most conditions.

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