Elizabeth writes: The surf industry loves the bikini-clad surf chick, but that doesn’t really happen in the cold, fog-shrouded waters where I am. There are hot girls who rip here, and, for better or worse, they’re all covered up. Is the wetsuit the burka for the cold-water surfer girl?
When I surf, I suit up. This means a black, hooded 5/4/3 wetsuit. I eschew booties and gloves, except on the bitterest of days, but I know others who do not. Sometimes people are head to toe in black neoprene. If they are lucky, there is a small swath of blue flair. Wetsuit technology for women, for the most part, is way behind men’s technology when it comes to cold-water suits. I know girls who wear men’s suits.