Kassia hits the surf in one of the wetsuit pieces she designed. (Photo courtesy of Roxy)
Stripping off a wetsuit can be a sticky situation, which is exactly why we shared tips from pro surfer and Roxy wetsuit designer Kassia Meador in the Sweatiquette column of our July/August issue. But who actually needs a wetsuit anyway?
"Anyone and everyone who wants to surf," Kassia recommends. "Not only is it rad to rock up to the beach wearing a hot new suit, but they keep you warm and comfy in the water!"
Depending on the air and water temperature in your area, you'll need a different type of suit. Here are Kassia's suggestions for different surf locales.
- Hawaii/Pacific: It's warm most of the year, so a vest or wetsuit jacket is all you'll need.
- West: Try a medium-thick suit with full sleeves for winter, a slightly thinner suit for spring and fall and a sleeveless suit for summer.
- Northeast: You'll have to stock up on a whole wardrobe, since the temperature changes so much from season to season. Think everything from a thick, full suit (with a hood!) to the styles fit for Hawaii.
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