When it comes to surfing in the summer, a good wetsuit can make all the difference in your comfort and performance. The right wetsuit can provide just enough insulation to keep you comfortable in cooler water while still allowing for plenty of mobility and breathability in the hot summer sun. With so many different wetsuits on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start.
In this guide, we look into some of the best surfing wetsuits for summer and what to look out for.
What to Look For When Choosing a Summer Wetsuit
The best wetsuits for summer are usually lightweight and offer plenty of flexibility and breathability. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a wetsuit for summer:
Thickness: A summer wetsuit should be thinner than a winter wetsuit! The ideal type of wetsuit for summer is a 3mm wetsuit, perfect for insulation in cooler water without making you too hot.
Material: Look for a wetsuit made from lightweight and flexible materials such as neoprene and lycra. These materials will allow you to move freely while surfing and won't weigh you down.
Design: A wetsuit designed for summer should be sleeveless or have short sleeves and legs to provide more ventilation and reduce overheating.
UV Protection: Make sure the wetsuit you choose provides adequate UV protection to prevent sunburn, especially if you plan on spending long hours in the water.
We have listed some of our top picks for this summer's best wetsuits! Discover below:
The Best Summer Wetsuits For Men
The British weather is notoriously unpredictable, but the one thing surfers can rely on is men's summer wetsuits! We have chosen our top three picks for this summer.
O'NEILL REACTOR 2 3/2MM BACK ZIP SUMMER WETSUIT 2023 - BLACK
The O'Neill Reactor 2 3/2mm summer wetsuit has had a complete redesign and now features 100% super stretch neoprene throughout the wetsuit. This suit is perfect for anyone wanting a quality wetsuit at an affordable price!
MYSTIC BRAND 3/2MM BACK ZIP MENS SHORTY WETSUIT 2023 - BLACK
The new Mystic Brand 3/2mm Back Zip Mens Shorty Wetsuit is the perfect shorty wetsuit for Summer! This suit is lightweight, durable and super comfy for the summer months. The suit is designed using quality neoprene for optimal movement. The suit features a back-zip entry and 4-way stretch knee pads, a key pocket and a lining saver to keep your suit in good shape.
C SKINS MENS ELEMENT 3MM SUMMER WETSUIT 2023 - ANTHRACITE
The C Skins men's element 3mm summer wetsuit provides superior performance technology at an unbeatable value. This wetsuit contains Ultra Stretch C-Flex neoprene and all-new hard-wearing Duroflx knee pads! Perfect for all watersports in the UK summer months!
The Best Summer Wetsuits For Women
C SKINS ELEMENT 3/2MM WOMEN'S WETSUIT - SLATE/CORAL
The C Skins Element 3/2mm Women's Wetsuit for this summer features 100% super stretch throughout the suit, meaning when you move, it moves with you and gives you a better fit. This wetsuit is perfect for all watersports during the summer months! The Element is also a best seller every year due to its great price and high-quality construction.
OA CLASSIC 3/2MM WOMENS BACK ZIP WETSUIT 2023
The Outdoor Adventure 3/2mm classic wetsuit for women has been designed using high-quality super stretch neoprene, which means you get a super comfortable suit with unrestricted movement. The suit is excellent for all water sports or general beach use during the summer months!
RIP CURL WOMENS OMEGA 1.5MM SHORTY WETSUIT 2022 - BLACK
The Rip Curl Omega spring or summer wetsuit is a perfect all-around shortie. The Omega is great for hitting the waves, swimming, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and other watersports adventures during the summer months! With E5 neoprene, it is both lightweight and durable.
The Best Summer Wetsuits For Kids
Kids love the water, especially in the summer months! An excellent-fitting wetsuit is essential for those looking to enjoy some water sports this season.
RIP CURL FREELITE 3/2MM BACK ZIP JUNIOR WETSUIT 2022 - BLACK
The new Rip Curl Freelite 3/2mm Back Zip Junior Wetsuit is a new addition to the Rip Curl range and gives you a cost-effective way of getting in the water! This wetsuit is a great choice for the summer as it is perfect for little ones to get on and off and is durable during the season.
XCEL COMP 3/2MM CHEST ZIP KIDS WETSUIT - TINFOIL
The Xcel Comp 3/2mm chest zip wetsuit for children is the perfect suit to wear throughout the summer months in the UK! The wetsuit has an upgraded thermal lining which is designed to retain body heat for longer. It is made from a super soft and flexible 4mm neoprene meaning you can move without restriction in the water.
OA CLASSIC 3/2MM KIDS SHORTY WETSUIT 2023 - BLACK / BLUE
The Outdoor Adventure 3/2mm Classic wetsuit for kids has been designed using high-quality super stretch neoprene which means you get a super comfortable suit for the summer. Having super stretch neoprene means you also get a better fit as the material!
We hope you have discovered the perfect summer wetsuit for you! If you are unsure on sizing please check out our sizing guide for more information:
If you have any questions or concerns when purchasing a summer wetsuit, please don't hesitate to contact us; we are always happy to help!