Wear clothes over wetsuits? Why...?

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    Aug 08, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
    Lately at the beach, I've seen a few guys wearing huge over-sized board shorts over their wetsuits. I'm not sure, but I think this may be the stupidest-looking fashion yet. Don't know why I'm wasting brain cells on this, but does anyone know of a reason for this?

    (Technically a wind/kite-surfing post, but I didn't see any other category for it.)
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    Aug 14, 2009 12:47 AM GMT
    Those wet suits might show off their skinny little butts.

    It does sound pretty stupid to me too.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 18, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    to hide a lousy body!
  • Sparkycat

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    Aug 18, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    They don't want you to feel intimidated by the size of their massive, bulging package.
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    Aug 18, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidLately at the beach, I've seen a few guys wearing huge over-sized board shorts over their wetsuits. I'm not sure, but I think this may be the stupidest-looking fashion yet. Don't know why I'm wasting brain cells on this, but does anyone know of a reason for this?

    (Technically a wind/kite-surfing post, but I didn't see any other category for it.)


    Yah this has been the fashion in kitesports for *ages*. Kitesurfing is SICK, so get over it ;-)

    And actually there is a reason: it is that wetsuits don't usually protect you very well from windchill, which feels like a bitch. And when you're riding you get a LOT of windchill.
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    Aug 18, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    Well when worked at a department store and a very weird individual came in and needed a swimsuit in XL...which incidentally we didn't have any.

    I asked him if it was for him and when he said yeah, I asked his waist size (34) and I suggested he try a large or even medium

    He snapped back that it was to wear over a wet suit because he was going diving on a Cruise and didn't want to look like he was wearing a gimp suit icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 18, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    I wear shorts over my wetsuit sometimes.

    It's so I can sit on the beach or on rocks without wearing the arse out of my wetsuit. I tend not to be too worried about fashion faux pas when I'm at the beach.
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    Aug 18, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    I've surfed in Nor. Cal. and So. Cal for much of my life and we wear full wet suits and short wet suits (depending on how cold it is). My buddies and I always changed near the cars - right at the beach - out of our wet suits when we were finished surfing - I never saw any guy leave a wet suit on and wear any clothes over it. I'm always ready to get out of the suit - not sit around in it.

    Edit: We never wear anything under wet suits......we just put them on in the buff. Wet suits are skin tight - - - no room for underwear or anything!
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    Aug 18, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    Do you wear anything under the wetsuit? Just curious.


    Jockbod48 saidI've surfed in Nor. Cal. and So. Cal for much of my life and we wear full wet suits and short wet suits (depending on how cold it was). My buddies and I always changed near the cars - right at the beach - out of our wet suits when we were finished surfing - I never saw any guy leave a wet suit on and wear any clothes over it. I'm always ready to get out of the suit - not sit around in it.
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    Aug 18, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    I prefer a speedo under my wetsuit to going commando. If I need to take a leek (and I don't pee in my wetsuit) I want something to catch the last few drops. I also wear a wetsuit on the rivers in the winter.
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    Yah this has been the fashion in kitesports for *ages*. Kitesurfing is SICK, so get over it ;-)

    And actually there is a reason: it is that wetsuits don't usually protect you very well from windchill, which feels like a bitch. And when you're riding you get a LOT of windchill.

    Do you Kitesurf?

    I was thinking of taking up the sport because the surfi sucks so bad in SoFla. I went to Adventuresport in Miami to buy a bag for my waveski and they had all this kiteboards. I talked to the guy about the risks and he downplayed them a lot. Then I found this website
    http://www.kitemare.com/Kitemares.htm

    There I read that the founder of Adventuresport had been killed Kitesurfing. I hear about the occasion deaths are near drownings in kayaking but these stories sounded there was a much higher risk of just getting really messed up and that scares me more than dying.
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    Aug 19, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    friendormate said
    Do you Kitesurf?

    I was thinking of taking up the sport because the surfi sucks so bad in SoFla. I went to Adventuresport in Miami to buy a bag for my waveski and they had all this kiteboards. I talked to the guy about the risks and he downplayed them a lot. Then I found this website
    http://www.kitemare.com/Kitemares.htm

    There I read that the founder of Adventuresport had been killed Kitesurfing. I hear about the occasion deaths are near drownings in kayaking but these stories sounded there was a much higher risk of just getting really messed up and that scares me more than dying.


    Yes I do. Like any extreme sport, you need to be sane and careful, know your limits and understand your safety system. Most accidents in Kitesurfing occur because people attempt to do tricks above their ability or ride in conditions which are beyond ridable. Arrogance is a sin that is punished harshly.

    Realistically though, you should take lessons and try it. Kites nowadays are extremely user friendly and if you live near a great location (alas I no longer do :-( ) then you *must* go.
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    Aug 20, 2009 10:56 PM GMT
    It seems what happens is a gust of wind picks them up before they can hit the quick release. It also seems like it is real complicated trying to set up the kite and I imagine if you hit the quick release the kite will get all tangled again.

    Really I should just get a windsurf. I did that on a vacation once and had a lot of fun. The problem is my condo has no storage so I can only have so many toys.
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    Aug 21, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    Yeah, quick-releases have improved a lot in the last few years, but wind is still a pretty chaotic thing. Still, we've had about ten drownings here in the last year and only one was a kiter, (Unknown... found floating.) and we have more nuclear winds than anywhere else. In fact, there have been more deaths from paddle-boarding (!) than kiting.

    I'm sure one could design some sort of weak link into the chicken loop that would be broken by a sudden shock. In fact... I may just do that, or get someone to do it for me. (The North and Slingshot factories are both local.)

    But seriously... there are little kids out kiting - amazing what sort of acrobatics you can get away with when you only weigh 110 pounds.

    But that doesn't excuse wearing jammies over a wetsuit. And I don't buy the wind chill argument either. Dive suits create HUGE evaporative cooling (many days I've been stripping down to my speedo in a snow storm, then diving into the engine room to make love to the diesels) but surface-sports suits have wind resistant panels.

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    Aug 22, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI'm sure one could design some sort of weak link into the chicken loop that would be broken by a sudden shock. In fact... I may just do that, or get someone to do it for me. (The North and Slingshot factories are both local.)


    So when am I coming to visit? :-)

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    Aug 23, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    TigerTim said

    So when am I coming to visit? :-)

    ALWAYS CARRY A KNIFE IN YOUR HARNESS!


    Great idea! I can go right and up use the knife to correct those fashion faux paux... slash those jammies right off!
  • jrs1

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    Sep 03, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidWear clothes over wetsuits? Why?


    that does seem a bit counter-intuitive ... oh, the chaffing. I couldn't do it.
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    Sep 08, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI've surfed in Nor. Cal. and So. Cal for much of my life and we wear full wet suits and short wet suits (depending on how cold it is). My buddies and I always changed near the cars - right at the beach - out of our wet suits when we were finished surfing - I never saw any guy leave a wet suit on and wear any clothes over it. I'm always ready to get out of the suit - not sit around in it.

    Edit: We never wear anything under wet suits......we just put them on in the buff. Wet suits are skin tight - - - no room for underwear or anything!


    ya, I've never seen this in socal...must be an east coast thing? Like jock said...I can't wait to get out of the damn thing once I'm out of the water.
  • RaceConrad

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    Nov 24, 2009 8:06 AM GMT
    A wetsuit is one of the hottest things a a guy can wear, especially if he has a good bod. Dont waste it.
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    Feb 16, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    The kook's like to make sure they stand out.
  • 4travel

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    Jul 12, 2011 10:58 AM GMT
    This post needs reviving in a hope more kiters will show up. icon_smile.gif