Summer Wetsuit Guide 2012

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Dawn Patrol

This year’s Dawn Patrol sees Rip Curl continuing to push the mid-range envelope. It’s made from Ultralite neoprene and uses E3 material in key stretch areas to deliver extra comfort and performance. It features Elastomax³ neoprene throughout, has seamless underarms and shoulders, and a fireskin lining. So, all you really need to get you out all day long when the sun’s shining and the swell’s pumping. 3/2 £125, 4/3 £135


Flash Dry is an exclusive new weave technology with two layers – the first layer is designed so the water passes through it directly, then the second layer funnels the water rapidly out of the suit once it is hung up. Dry Fast – Surf More! And, of course, as well as the rapid dry time the Flash Dry lining is also one of the warmest, most comfortable wetsuits available. 3/2 £290, 4/3 £300

E-Bomb Pro

The E·Bomb Pro features the E3 Plus action panel. Incredibly, the new E3+ has 30% more stretch than E3 and is twice as easy to stretch (at half kilo of force). E3 Plus is so stretchy that we couldn’t use it in legs, arms and neck areas because of the risk of blow out, but it is strategically placed in areas that ensure maximum body torque during manoeuvres and the least resistance when paddling.
3/2 £230, 4/3 £240

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Comp x-Zip 2

Xcel have created the ultimate performance wetsuit with Xcel’s ultrastretch foam, and a unique single-panel chest to knee design which ensures that this will feel like your second skin. This year’s big change is the introduction of the tried and tested X-Zip2 entry system. Now, not only do you have the performance, you also have the warmth. Performance, warmth and a competitive price: what more do you need? £200


Since its introduction in 2007, the Drylock has been the suit against which all others are measured. This year’s features include new plush deep pile bamboo lining, taitex ankle seal, and Quick dry fibres. The Drylock’s new features have pushed it further ahead of the competition and solidified Xcels ethos ‘stay warm, stay in’. And the Drylock is the Sima awards wetsuit of the year… £310

x-FLEX X-ZiP 2

The Xflex is one of the longest standing models in the Xcel range, but don’t be fooled into thinking it is old technology. In the last few years it has gone through a series of significant changes turning it from our ‘old faithful’ into a performance driven, competitive price point suit. The Xflex now has the X-zip 2 zip closure, bamboo lining, and upgraded stretch neoprene. So the next time you are looking for a performance suit: don’t overlook the Xflex. £170

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The Legend Series has a mind blowing list
of high end features, including Ultra Stretch
C-Flex neoprene on the upper body, a
closeout back wing, DuroFlx knee pads, and
constructed with glued and
blindstitched seam technology. The
Legend emphasizes quality, durability,
warmth and unbeatable value for money. £110


The rider proven ReWired is lighter, warmer
and more flexible for 2012. It’s made using
recycled fibres and boasts some cool
eco credentials. It’s 20% Ultra stretch C-Flex
neoprene and 80% Ultra stretch Eco-flex
neoprene are triple glued and blindstitched
to create a super solid seam. A mid range suit with genuine top end features. £140


Revised for 2012 with rider proven technology, the Wired Series 2 enables any
surfer to perform at their optimum ability.
Constructed from 100% Ultra stretch C-Flex neoprene with a Fire Core Polypro front panel, and LQS Liquid Seam System the Wired Series 2 has proven again to be one of the warmest and most durable suits on the market. £200

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FOIL 302 CZ LS Steamer

Year in year out the Foil sets the benchmark of performance for an entry-level suit. Billabong pride themselves on making suits that every surfer at any level can wear and feel comfortable wearing. A functioning quality suit, the Foil features: Zero Gravity superflex neoprene, Furnace lined back panel with a moisture wicking, a heat retaining jersey to maximise thermal retention, and it’s fully GBS. £125


The SGX XERO is Billabong’s most advanced wetsuit to date. It utilises a new stitchless welded seam construction, lightweight Japanese thermal materials, and other added features to keep you warm with less restriction. The Japanese airlite superflex neoprene is flexible and lightweight, and the Xero has furnace lining internally front and back with a moisture wicking, heat retaining jersey to maximise thermal retention. £280


The SG5 is the SUV of wetsuits and designed to function and perform surf after surf. It features Superflex Neoprene – a ‘zero gravity’ superflex neoprene high performance neoprene which is durable and flexible – and is furnace lined internally front and back with a moisture wicking, heat retaining jersey to maximise thermal retention. Plus it has externally welded seams, combined with a glued and blind stitched construction to make all seams durable and water tight. £220


The SGX is all about lightweight performance and utilises the most advanced Japanese materials combined with innovative features to make a wetsuit that feels like a second skin. It features Japanese airlite superflex neoprene which stays lighter than traditional wetsuit materials when it’s wet, and has internally welded seam construction to make all seams durable and water tight despite the suit’s weight. £250


The Billabong Revolution has been souped up for 2012, with 100% zero gravity superflex, furnace thermal lining, new boa chest zip and welded seams throughout the body area. It’s incredibly flexible, functional suit at a great price point and a perfect suit for keeping you out until sunset on those July sessions. £160

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Profil CZ

The perfect ‘mid-range’ suit available with as chest zip (Profile CZ) or back zip (Profile). Seam free shoulders and X-Flex super stretch panels combined with some pretty cool graphics make this a great choice for the price. £150


The new generation of Viper suits feature less panels and more stretch! X-Flex neoprene and the horizontal chest zip mean that the Viper stays flexible and comfortable. Blindstitch and liquid external seams provide 100% water seal. Fit for the professional. £200


Jump into those chili waters with the ultimate high performance back zip wetsuit. The Vortex external liquid seaming provides a perfect water seal and the thermospan lining wicks moisture from your core, trapping in the heat. Toasty! £200

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The Mini Zip features Ultraspan Stretch neoprene throughout, hollow fibre chest panel, smoothskin neck, double-glued, blindstitched and heat-seal taped seams. We do not under spec our neoprene and we build them to last. Available in 5/4/3mm, 4/3mm & 3/2mm. Made in Cornwall for British surfers Made to measure for a perfect fit (stock sizes also available). From £260


The Sabotage 2 is a made to measure wetsuit (Also available in stock sizes) with Ultra span neoprene through out for maximum flexibility, interlocking 1/2 ‘Y’ flap water barrier panel GBS seams. This wetsuit is constructed to the highest standards that you would expect from a Snugg built-British hand made product. We do not under spec our neoprene and we build them to last. Available in 5/4/3mm, 4/3mm & 3/2mm. Made in Cornwall for British surfers
Prices from: £245.00


The R1 is the most environmentally friendly and affordable Patagonia wetsuit to date and is made for warmer water. It uses 2mm neoprene lined with soft, recycled polyester jersey exterior, and a knitted recycled polyester/spandex grid lining for increased flexibility, warmth and dry time. It is handmade with high quality neoprene that meets rigorous standards for strength, durability and warmth, and is packed with top end features. The Patagonia revolution continues. £280

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Circle One’s entry level suit has strategic super-flex neoprene placement on the shoulders, arms and under-arm, a solid flatlock seam construction, and torso mesh chest and back panels to cut out wind-chill. Perfect for the hot months, or for trips to warmer climes… £70


A mid range suit with plenty of top end features. Circle One’s Icon is glued, blind stitched and spot sealed and is 75% Ultra-Stretch neoprene with a Torso mesh chest and back panel to cut wind-chill. With Kevlar reinforced knee pads and a solid all round construction you should get a few seasons use out of it too. £110


The Noir is Circle One’s zipper-less suit and now features a ‘double barrier’ ergonomic easy entry system. It uses ‘stiction’ seals for water-tight closure and has a decent size opening for easy entry. It is 100% Ultra Stretch, with a Therm-stretch polypro chest and back lining for core warmth. £150

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The Evo uses Alder’s "X" stretch throughout for comfort and fit, and this suit will ensure that you quickly forget the winter blues. The chest has "Aerocore" inside which traps air against the skin and helps to maintain body temperature, and is also fast drying. The seams on the lower body are strengthened with S-Seal, while the Duratec knees use foam and nylon for tough but flexible performance. £160


You don’t have to spend a heap of money to get the best out of your surfing with Alder’s Stealth range. The minimal seam design and attention to detail ensure warmth and comfort. "X" stretch on the sleeves and under the arms combined with single lined torso and Duratec knees adds up to a lot of summer fun. £100

CT Fullsuit Slant Zip

The Body Glove CT Slant-Zip 3/2MM wetsuit maximizes performance and comfort for your wearing pleasure. It is crafted from 100% Magna Flex neoprene, giving you insane flexibility–as does the unique slant-zip entry that keeps the zipper off your spine, letting it move how it needs to. The CT 3/2 Wetsuit has you covered with long-lasting durability, too, thanks to Vaporlock seams and spot taping at all the intersections where ripping tends to occur. £189.95


Constructed using High Performance super stretch EVOflex composite blend of materials that is anatomically cut then sewn together using 100% exterior fluid seal Vaporlock seams. Advanced Pyrostretch insulation from the chest down and an EZ-slant chest zip/entry, a concealed left shoulder bib cinch for reduced water flushing. Other features included: interior elastic key cord, enhanced top entry design, and drain holes on the chest and back panels to prevent flooding. £219.95 (Available in Black, Orange and Ink Blue)

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Edge Extreme
Chest Zip

West’s EDGE range provides superior comfort and flexibility. West has pushed the limits of the EDGE wetsuit technology and developed the new EDGE EXTREME. It’s not only incredibly flexible it now has glide skin taping to create air tight seams, eco Pyro-fibre (that combines Nano Bamboo) to give the suit extreme thermal insulation and Donut Wrist Cuffs to reduce water flushing. £200

Lotus Back Zip

West offers state of the art design and technology in the LOTUS wetsuit. The use of 100% West Gen-3 Ultraspan neoprene, fluid seams and minimal seam design makes the LOTUS the premium cold water wetsuit. £210

Lotus CHEST Zip

With a well planned chest zip pulling into the body reducing the risk of the zip popping and with air cell enhanced design, plus chest and back Pyro liner, this is a premium winter wetsuit and definitely a cold water classic. £220


The Nitro suits are constructed from 50% West Ultraspan neoprene and are available with GBS or flatlock seams. In the GBS steamers, the NITRO has both batwing and poly-pro. These provide you with added features that similarly priced uits don’t offer – giving you more value for your money. 3/2 £120 back zip / £140 chest zip

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O’Riginal 3mm Full

The O’RIGINAL features the all new exclusive Techno Butter Neoprene. This is the latest evolution of neoprene technology, boasting a 17% lighter formula with 30% less water absorption, which means quicker drying, more stretch and less weight. This suit has 100% Techno Butter in the body, with UltraFlex Smooth Skin chest and back. £160

Psycho 2 3/2mm

The Psycho 2 is known for warmth, flexibility and superior fit and continues to evolve with the addition the all New Super Stretch XXXDS Neoprene. With the XDS-Air Firewall in the chest and back and the double Fluid Seam Weld – it will keep you warm and loose. Features include Triple XDS Neoprene, XDS- Air Firewall, Super Seal Cuffs, Double Fluid Seam Weld (Stitchless) and Z.E.N Zip Closure System with Pullover Barrier. £250

Psycho RG8 3/2mm

The latest generation of the ground-breaking Psycho series takes the best aspects of the Zen-Zip closure and uses the same technology in a front-zip entry. The new F.U.Z.E. closure system has been tested by O’Neill’s most intense team riders in the most frigid waters across the globe, and all reports point to yet another ground-breaking addition to the Psycho family. £225

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The Cypher is available with a chest zip or back zip, both feature Fiber lite and Biofleece thermal neoprene and our Flexmax seal seam sealing. Add to that our new and improved Bead lock seal on all models, Thermal smoothie and Hydroshield in our back zip styles, and you have the warmest, most flexible, and lightest weight cold water suit available. £220


Featuring Quiksilver’s new ultra flexible Fiber-lite neoprene, the Ignite has 14% more stretch than the other guys’ high end suits and is built exclusively with GBS stitching or a combination of GBS stitching and LFS (Liquid Flex Seal) seam sealing. It has a short chest zip for easy entry, and our new Interloc 2.0 seals to eliminate cold water flushing. £180


The Syncro is the first entry level series of suits made exclusively with 100% Hyperstretch II material, making it 18% more flexible than any other entry level suit on the market. It also has Quiksilver’s HFT heating system (Hollow Fibre Technology) in the chest panel and our hydroshield zip barrier. £130


The all new Zepha was developed and tested
with our team: Cotty, Barry Mottershead and
Rick Willmett. This is a no-compromise product.
There’s no bells and whistles here just the best
materials, design and construction. We’ve been
making wetsuits for nearly 50 years and this is
the best wetsuit we’ve ever made. Available in all thicknesses: 6/5/4 (shown) to 3/2, prices from £190

UK Wetsuit Retailers

Here’s a list of surf shops around the country who are there to help you.

King Of WaterSpOrtS

King Of Watersports offers an unrivalled choice of wetsuits from every single premium surf brand; Quiksilver, Billabong, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Xcel, Neil Pryde, just to name a few! King of Watersports also offer free delivery on wetsuits.
Tel: 01202 763675
Email: [email protected]


The Wetsuit Centre

The Wetsuit Centre holds the largest range of biggest stocks of wetsuits in the country at unbeatable prices. The Wetsuit Centre also offers a Free NEXT DAY delivery service on all wetsuits ensuring you hit the water when the swell does.
Tel: 01202 302943
Email: [email protected]
Address: 42 Sea Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset,
England BH5 1BW


Water sports specialists in Dorset. Stocking a great range of summer wetsuits and rashvests for guys, girls and kids from O’Neill, Gul and Rip Curl.
Tel: 01425 275111
Email: [email protected]
Address: 402 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 5HE


Tiki Surf Shops

Europe’s largest range of surf hardware, instore and online. Wetsuits by Tiki, Patagonia, O’Neill and Rip Curl. Surfboards by Tiki, McKee, Hydroflex, Southpoint, NSP and more. Plus factory outlet store for ex-demo and end of line bargains!
Tel: +44 ( 0) 1271 815757
Email: [email protected]
Address: Caen Street, Braunton, N.Devon, EX33 1AA


WeSt cOaSt Surf

We are a beachside surf shop with Wetsuits by Rip Curl, Animal, Patagonia, Hurley, Alder, C-Skins. Check the website
Tel: 01758 713067
Email: [email protected]
Address: Abersoch, Gwynedd LL53 7AP


SunSet Surf

Independent, family-run surf shop. Right next to the beach on Gwithian Towans. Expert advice, in-store and online, from surfers for surfers. Wetsuits, boards and clothing from C-Skins, Quiksilver, Roxy, Rusty & FCS.
Tel: 01736 755007
Email: [email protected]
Address: 10 Gwithian Towans, Gwithian, Cornwall TR27 5BT

shop on the beach

An outstanding range of summer and winter O’Neill and Patagonia wetsuits plus expert advice – buy in store or online.
Tel: 01637 860051
Address: Shop on the Beach, On the Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall TR8 4AA

Sessions Surf Shop

Falmouth’s Independent Surf Shop, We offer a wide range of wetsuits from Alder, Billabong and O’neill, If you need a wetsuit then come and get fitted by one of our friendly and experienced staff. We also have surfboards from Spider, Rusty, JS, Cortez and a huge selection of bodyboards and all the surf accessories you could possibly need, all under one roof.
Tel: 01326 21115
Email: [email protected]
Address: 26 church street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR113EG

dOWn the Line Surf cOmpany Ltd

The UK’s premier wetsuit stockist over 18 years as the UK’s number 1 hardware store. Expert advise from experienced staff. Free delivery – speak
to the professionals. Rip Curl, Billabong, O’Neill, Xcel, Alder
and Patagonia.
Tel: 01736 757025
Email: [email protected]
Address: Market Square Arcade, Copperhouse, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4EA

Zuma Jay

Here at Zuma Jay all we do is surf. We only stock the best quality wetsuits and equipment from the leading surf manufacturers and we cater for all abilities. You have to be a surfer to work at Zuma Jays and for the reason we will give you excellent and friendly advice.
Tel: 01288 354956
Email: [email protected]
Address: Belle Vue Lane, Bude, North Cornwall EX23 8BR


granite reef Surf ShOp

Granite Reef, the UK’s original independent wetsuit, surfboard, snowboard and skateboard specialist store, we take pride in the products that we sell and only stock the best brands. Tried and tested by our team and staff.
Tel: 01224 252752
Email: [email protected]
Address: 45 The Green, Aberdeen, Scotland AB11 6NY

West Sussex


Massive range of wetsuits on display in our store and online with Europe largest O’Neill wetsuit showroom at our East Wittering store. Other brands include Billabong, Rip Curl, C-SKINS and Animal.
Tel: 01243 674830
Email: [email protected]
Address: 20 Shore Road, East Wittering, West Sussex
PO20 8DZ

Wittering Surf Shop

The biggest selection of Xcel wetsuits and accessories on the south coast. New for winter 2011- Patagonia and West wetsuits. Keep warm this winter with Wittering Surf Shop.
Tel: 01243 672292
Email: [email protected]
Address: Wittering Surf shop, 13 Shore Road, East Wittering, West Sussex PO20 8DY