Note, the title of this article is not Winter Wetsuits Rule.
They don’t, as such. They’re merely a means to an end.
They help us through.
We’d all rather be in trunks, of course, but that’s not the reality.
So, we get by. We cover ourselves in layers of wonderful neoprene, we stay stoked. Our layer must be thin enough to allow us to wiggle. But thick enough to insulate our bodies against death.
Such a fine balance!
But. There must be order to our neoprene indulgence. There must be discipline.
You loved our code of surfboard etiquette, of course.
Now it’s time for the rubber rules.
1. This order (descending temperature): a) Steamer only b) Steamer plus boots* c) Steamer, boots, hood d) Steamer, boots, hood, gloves
*Exception: Hooded suit no boots. Championed in California and oft in Patagonia rubber atop log/single at a boulder-lined pointbreak. While it may seem dysfunctional (if it’s cold enough for a hood surely your feet are fecking freezing…?) it’s actually not a bad call on that late autumn morning when the air is frigid but the water still not too bad. Dangerously hipster-ish maybe, but hey. It’s a free country!