Like all keen surfers who are fortunate enough to live in the deep south of NZ, if you want to participate and be amongst the best waves on offer (that generally arrive in autumn and throughout winter), you need the best surfing wetsuit available to 'maximise' your surfing pleasure during this cold and sometimes frigid time of the year.
Having spent a lifetime dedicated (or preoccupied) with surfing, I have always appreciated any technological developments both in surfboard manufacturing and wetsuit construction. Recently I embarked on an information gathering exercise to learn that Japanese Yamamoto is considered the best alternative neoprene available to leading wetsuit manufacturing. Researching further I soon discovered the Paul and his team at Seventhwave has been utilising this neoprene for many years in the manufacture of top quality surfing wetsuits.
I was keen to try something new, so I made contact with Paul and after a short conversation was quickly able to establish what suit would be appropriate to my needs. What followed was a short visit to the factory outlet shop in Christchurch: I had my measurements taken, and within 5 working days I opened my front door to receive my brand new custom MAX 4/3 Hooded wetsuit
. Incredible service.
I have now owned the wetsuit for over three months and have had plenty of usage during our cold winter of '09. The first thing I noticed is that for a 4/3 it is incredibly warm, lightweight and extremely flexible. The construction of the suit is excellent, with every seam carefully machine stitched, double glued and generously covered in Melco tape. Furthermore the 'dry time' is excellent, which is reassuring to know your wetsuit will be dry for the following winter morning!
The attention to detail and usage of the best materials available has resulted in the best wetsuit I have ever owned. I am stoked that I have finally found a wetsuit that is going to last more than just one season which is warm, flexible, lightweight, dries easily and most importantly, is NZ made.
Many thanks and congratulations to the Seventhwave team."
Just received my wetsuit and I am stoked. The construction is flawless and the colours look fantastic. Thank you and your very skilled employees for tailoring another epic wetsuit. Bring on winter barrels!"
I'm still amazed at how quick your team are able to deliver. Less than 2 weeks awesome!
More importantly the wetsuit fits perfectly and looks even better.
Today I wore the Triton
for the first time...
With virtually no water penetration for the first hour I was stoked. Also I was pleasantly surprised that It's still good to paddle in even though its a 5/4/3!
The 7000 neoprene upstairs is a perfect combination with the Zirconium plush in the lower area.
On finishing my surf a friend of mine could not believe that the hood and shoulder area were still dry...! And was more blown away when I got back in for another surf straight away. Testament to a very warm suit.
The Triton wetsuit is another epic suit in the 7th Wave product range.
40 Year Old Grom