Cold Weather Surfing: Do’s And Don’ts

By Glossy Magazine

Cold Weather Surfing

Cold Weather Surfing: Do’s And Don’ts

Cold Weather Surfing

Waiting all year for the summer to arrive just so that you can finally go surfing is a chore. You want to enjoy the action now.

Fortunately, you can start early if you know what you’re doing. Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts.

Do Suit Up

If you’re planning on going surfing in cold weather, you’ll need to suit up. (Going in the sea with your regular swim shorts is probably a bad idea!)

Wetsuits are effective because they hold a layer of warm water close to your body. This acts as a barrier, preventing cold water from cooling your skin (after the initial plunge).

Don’t Skimp On Gear

Cold water surfing is quite dangerous, so you’ll want to take the proper gear. Don’t use worn-out booties and gloves as these can be entry points for cold water that leaves you feeling freezing.

Also, consider how you’ll stay warm after your surfing sessions. Make sure you have changing robes with fleece lining so you can remain toasty while changing out of your wetsuit and into your regular clothes.

Do Stay Hydrated

Despite the cold weather, it is also essential to stay hydrated during and after your session. While you might not have the same thirst signals as on a hot day, you still need to pay attention to the amount of water you’re taking on.

Don’t Surf Alone

It’s a bad idea to surf alone in cold weather because of the increased risks. You’re more likely to experience hypothermia and bigger waves, increasing the risk significantly.

Therefore, always take your buddies with you for safety. Everyone can look out for everyone else, and call for assistance if someone gets into trouble.

Do Listen To Your Body

While modern surfing equipment is fantastic, it won’t keep you warm in extreme conditions. Surfing on the North Atlantic or Pacific coast in the middle of winter is probably a bad idea.

Therefore, always listen to your body if it is trying to tell you something. If you start feeling numb, leave the water and find somewhere warm to change. Cold limbs and extremities can lead to frostbite and even cardiovascular complications.

Don’t Let Yourself Get Cold Before Starting

Letting yourself get cold before you start surfing is another bad idea. Ideally, you want to stay warm until the last minute in winter weather to bring as much residual warmth as possible with you into the water.

Therefore, ensure you wear something fleecy on the way in the car. Choose to layer garments on top of each other for added support and protection.

Do Get The Timing Right

Ideally, you want to surf during the warmest part of the day in cold weather, usually from 11 am to 3 pm. (However, always check the weather the day you intend to surf).

As you become more experienced, you’ll know which temperatures are okay given your gear, and which are too cold to have fun. Going when the sun is high can provide additional warmth, even when the air and water temperatures are low.

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