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Your Wetsuit Buyer's Guide

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.

The best suits of any style and cut are "flexible, warm, durable and of course stylish," Kassia says. See her designs here (we're loving the Cypher 3/2 chest zip wetsuit).

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