Surfing is an activity/sport that can done in pretty much every temperature. People have surfed in frigid waters wearing the thickest wetsuits ever made and others surf in tropical waters with nothing but a bikini or board shorts. There are four main articles of clothing that can be worn when surfing.
My favorite way to compare a drysuit and a wetsuit is that you can pee in a wetsuit but you can’t pee in a drysuit. If you couldn’t put it together a drysuit keeps your body dry. Drysuits are completely waterproof and fit looser than wetsuits. Drysuits can be worn for surfing but are not recommended. Due to the loose fit of the dry suit it makes it difficult to make athletic movement. You will see dry suits worn more for lake sports and diving.
Wetsuits on the other hand are made of different material and are designed to keep you warm even though your body is wet. I repeat, you will feel the water. That being said, there are different thicknesses and materials used to make wetsuits. For example, a 5/4 – 4/3 is designed for colder waters say between 45 and 56 degrees and a 4/3 – 3/2 is made for water temperatures 57 degrees to 63 degrees and so on up the temperature gauge. Wetsuits also come in many styles. Some have no pant legs, some have some arm sleeves, and some look like vests. Wetsuits also can have front chest zippers or back zippers. One may also throw on a hood with their wetsuit or booties.
Rashguard are usually made of spandex, nylon, or polyester and can not only keep you a tad bit warmer but also shield your skin from the sun and from any irritation one could get from rubbing against their board. Rashguards come in many colors and styles as well. Some have short sleeves and others have long sleeves. Water temperatures that would be right for a rash guard are pretty much the same as temperatures for bikini and board shorts. TROPICAL. About 70 degrees and up.
Bikinis and board shorts are probably the most sought after gear for surfing mostly because of the easy to put on and take off scenario. Both items are pretty self explanatory. That being said ladies, I would recommend not wearing bikinis that have ties that could come undone. Wear a bikini that is a made for surfing. Roxy, Billabong, Rip Curl and O’Neil make great suits for girls.