wetsuit and Rash Vest for Beginners?
When choosing what wetsuit you
need, test range of motion by raising your arms overhead and
arching your back, then bending and touching your toes. Do
some squats. Pay attention to the suit's response, if you're
getting pinched by the neoprene or if it is going taut then
you'll need to try a different suit.
It's possible to get a good price on
a used wetsuit as well. Check to see how intact the seams
are and look in high-wear areas (underarms, hindquarters)
for neoprene damage. As neoprene ages it stiffens and shrinks.
Used wetsuits are thus a good idea for the beginner who
isn't sure about sticking with the sport.
Ladies will find additional problems
in that most wetsuits are cut for men. There are womens'
suits out there, ask your shop if they carry any. Don't
just order one right off the bat without getting a chance
to try it on. If you're going with a swimsuit, look to get
suit or a pair of ladies' boardshorts.
In warmer climates you'll need
a rash vest to stop the wax from rubbing the skin on your
stomach off, and to stop sun-burn. It can be really painful!
Most good surf shops have rash
vests for sale. Make sure it is tight fitting and the
length reaches your hips, so it doesn't creep up when you
are in the surf.
Many good rash guards these days
have a small loop at the front bottom hem. This is to tie
into your boardshorts to prevent the rash guard from creeping
Some people get a bit confused about Lycra and Spandex. You
will even get friends and others telling you to only buy lycra
because it is better then spandex. Don't believe them, spandex
and lycra are the same thing!
Lycra® is a brand name for
spandex and is registered by Dupont®.
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