Badass Surf School: Proper Wetsuit Care
Taking care of your wetsuit is essential for both its longevity and your comfort. Here are a few tips for proper wetsuit care:
Firstly, rinse your wetsuit thoroughly with fresh water after each use. Saltwater, sand, and other debris can damage the neoprene and cause it to deteriorate over time. Additionally, hang your wetsuit in a cool, dry, and shaded area. Avoid hanging it in direct sunlight as the UV rays can damage the neoprene and cause it to become brittle, reducing its effectiveness and lifespan.
It's important to note that putting your wetsuit in the sun will destroy it. UV rays from the sun can break down the neoprene material of your wetsuit, causing it to become stiff, lose its flexibility, and eventually crack. Exposure to the sun can also lead to discoloration and fading of the material. Therefore, avoid drying your wetsuit in direct sunlight, and instead, hang it in a cool, shaded area or use a drying rack in a well-ventilated space.
By following these simple steps, you can help extend the life of your wetsuit and ensure that it remains comfortable and effective for your next surf lesson or surf camp experience. Proper wetsuit care not only benefits you but also reduces the impact on the environment by reducing the frequency of wetsuit replacements.