Posted on 13 May, 2014 · Posted in Todas las entradas

Take care of your wet suit before and after surfing Spain

Learn how to care for your wet suit the right way with just a few tricks and tips, to increase the lifetime of your suit and to feel well in it also in your next Surf holidays Canary Islands. Furthermore it will save you money when you not have to buy a new one every couple of months

Finally you have brought yourself to buy one of these expensive, tight Superherocostumes for your next surf holidays Canary Islands? Or you ask yourself what is wrong with your wet suits because you have to buy a new one again? Than you should read this edition of the Big Surfing 101, so you learn how to treat your neoprene suit right and you don’t have to whip out your thin surfer money bag to buy a new one every surf holidays Canary Islands.

The Surfcamp Las Palmas de Gran Canaria presents to you a new episode of the Big Surfing 101, the Surflingo, that will prepare you perfectly for your next surfing holidays Canary Islands. This is the third part of the big topic wet suits and a furthermore a really important one too. (Check also Wet Suits Part 1, Wet Suits Part 2)
Neoprene seems to be a strong, unbelievably resistant fabric, which helps the surfer to keep warm and comfy and has also a protecting affection at the parts the neoprene covers your skin. But also neoprene and the whole wet suit has a kryptonite. To defeat the arch enemy of a wet suit following even just a few tips for the dealing will help.

With the following chronological order of tips, you can help effectively your wet suit to have a long nice life:

Using your wet suit

Starting with putting on your wet suit shortly before a surfsession at the Surfcamp Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, you should remember not to pull the neoprene fabric hectically over your body, because of this you will wear out your suit or overstrain it, so it even can rip at some spots. A nice little trick to slide into your wet suit is to pull a plastic bag on the respective hand or foot that you want to get into your suit.
Same with putting out your wet suit after surfing Gran Canaria. Soaked and sticky like your neoprene suit is now, you maybe want to rip it of from you like a wild animal, but also in this situation patience and a little sensitivity is needed, so your wet suit won’t get rips and looses its insulation and elasticity because of this. While putting it out you should avoid using your thumbs, as well as your feet by standing with it on your wet suit to pull your other leg out of your wet suit.

Washing

If you think you are done with it now and you throw your wet suit right in the trunk of your car, to treat yourself in with a well-deserved post-surfing-meal, than you have just missed the most important part of your wetsuit care. But there is no time for shame, get your suit and take a shower for it and yourself with some fresh water. First the outside of the suit and the with the inside pulled out. This way you will wash the ocean salt out of your wet suit and so prevent the salt to eat into your neoprene fabric. Furthermore you will save it from stinking because of the decaying ocean water that collects itself in your neoprene suit.
Another weak point of the wet suit is warmness. So if your washed it exemplary in the shower it most not be warm or even hot water, because the neoprene fabric can be destroyed of it. Cold, fresh water is like balsam for your wet suit.

Drying

While drying it is the same: Never dry your suit in the middle of the hot sun. Not only will the heat badly affect the fabric, the UV-rays of the sun will moreover destroy the molecularbonds of the fabric. This would lead to loss of flexibility and stability of your wet suit.
So, dry your wet suit in a shady and windy place. But you shouldn’t just hang it over your balcony, your car something like a metallic hanger. This would cause folds that you can’t remove from your suit anymore. Also the wrong hanging of the wet suit is because of its weight important to recognize, because it can stretch out because of that. Wrinkled spots are prone to rip and cause less insulation against water, as soon as your wet suit is called into action.
Better use a plastic hanger, so the fabric won’t be affected because of materials like metal and oxidization on the hanger. The ideal option would be a special hanger, produced for the use of wet suit. With this hanger or a similar one you can fit the wet suit with the beginning or the end of it first. You should remember after some time pulling the inside of the suit out, so also this side of the wet suit will dry.

Storing

When the wet suit is dry you have to spread out the suit like a real suit. Folding it would cause folds and that would, like already mentioned, lead to loss of insulation.

Cleaning

Every now and then at your routine with your wet suit it is recommended to run a bath for the suit, so even at the most hidden spots will be cleaned from salt of t he ocean. Fortunatly your wet suit won’t need a big bath tube filled with hot water, but a little plastic box where you run at most lukewarm water in and add some extra wetsuit shampoo or alernativly baby shampoo. Now you have to kneet the shampooed water into the neoprene fabric. Remember to take also care of the zipper, so it won’t oxidize at any time.
If wax is glued on your wet suit, it will be hard to get it off of it, there won’t even help a nice bath. But it is important you don’t just start scratching on the fabric, because this will not only remove the wax but also the insulating layer of the neoprene suit. Better try to sweep an ice cube over the waxed spot of the suit, so with luck it will get hard and just drop off from your wet suit. Don’t ever usw chemicals to remove it, especially not petroleume based ones, this would affect the fabri very bad. Try it with baby shampoo or the wet suit shampoo, if it is needed.
After washing and cleaning, you can dry your now good smelling wet suit again as described before. Although we live in the 21. century now, were you normally wash your cloth with a washing maschine, it is not recommended to wash your wet suit in one. Also you should not iron your wet suit. Just because of the heating of the iron that should be totally clear.

You see that those are at some parts more and at some less elaborate tips, you have to consider, to guarrantee the most lifetime of your wet suit. At this it is not important doing it in perfection and cleaning your wet suit after each to days of surfing Gran Canaria with extra wet suit shampoo. It is enough to do so like one or two times per month. You better should try to include most of these tips in your everyday routine with your wet suit and to remove other habits that wouldn’t be productive for your everyday wet suit care. If you are doing so, it also will be worth buying a expensive and high quality wet suit, because you can get the best out of it now.

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