I’m 56 years old and still feeling the stoke every time I’m in the water and that’s about 160 sessions per year.
I surf all year, all conditions but as I get older the water seems to be getting colder.
Flexibility and warmth are important to me in a wetsuit and I found my Bodyline 4/3 Steamer kept me warm but slowed me down due to the lack of flexibility in the shoulders. Wanting to continue to support NZ Made I contacted the guys at Seventhwave and was encouraged to try the MAX 3/2 Ti G&S Steamer
which they assured me was all I would need here in the lovely warm Bay Of Plenty. I was skeptical at first but found that the 3/2 with Titanium kept me warmer than my Bodyline 4/3 and I had three winters wearing the suit every surf.
The past season it only got used when the wind chill was a major factor. I had strayed to the ‘darkside’ and thought my luck was in when I picked up an F-Bomb 3/2 at a half price sale 18 months ago. Yes, it seems softer and more flexible but it doesn’t keep me as warm and hasn’t held its shape, and that’s after only one and a half winters. So I now find myself phoning Paul at Seventhwave to order my new Custom MAX. I won’t regret it.
An added bonus for me as a kneeboarder is that the Kevlar kneepads don’t wear out and they offer extra cushion for my old knees.
A couple of friends think I’m mad paying this much money for a wetsuit when you can get something that will do the job for half that on sale... I just smile and suggest they try one and then they’ll know why.
Thanks Paul and looking forward to the new suit
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty