With offshore winds, pulsing groundswells and empty lineups, winter delivers cold-water perfection. So, each year we pack a bunch of fresh rubber from our favourite brands and unleash them on the grinding points and punchy beach breaks of the South Pacific to see what they’re made of. Welcome to this year’s Wintermission: Land of The Long White Cloud

“Every feature of our suits is the product of rigorous testing in cold water to ensure it works, and is the best technology available.”


- Chris Branch, Quiksilver’s Technical Product Manager

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WINTERMISSION: Behind The Suit With Quiksilver

With the swell lines delivering a little more chill to the lineup lately, it’s safe to say that wetsuit season is fast approaching. And what better way to prepare for the task of selecting the best seal suit for your flippers than speaking with the talented designers behind our favourite cuts of rubber. Read More ›

“A good way to look after your wetsuit is to wash them in fresh water hang over a soft rail out of the sun to dry, best not to use coat hangers.”

- John (Sparrow) Pyburne, Rip Curl Wetsuit Designer

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WINTERMISSION: Behind The Suit With Rip Curl

Rubber and winter go together. Plain and simple. With a heavily populated industry of both long running and pop up brands, we as surfers are constantly asking ourselves ‘what’s the difference between brands, fits, materials and the rest?’ Well, go no further and ask no longer, we’ve got the answers from the who’s who of the industry, lead designers and marketplace specialists giving us the know how on their latest ranges. Read More ›

“When designing the latest wetsuits, we looked into everything that is important and functional with no unnecessary gimmick features.”

- Chris Schulstad, Banks Designer

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WINTERMISSION: Behind The Suit With Banks

As surfers, we are constantly chasing that empty lineup; always waiting to see those perfect feathering peaks as we pull over the crest of the hill – and when we score that winter groundswell we don’t want chilly bones and rashed-up armpits holding us back! Read More ›

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Shop By Thickness

Where you surf dictates the thickness you require, simple right? Though what exactly does 2mm, 3mm and 4mm mean? Essentially, these numbers reflect the millimeter thickness of the suit itself, in particular, the torso, arms and legs. Generally, wetsuits will provide slightly thicker materials on the torso, while the limbs are a touch thinner for the ultimate feel of flexibility while paddling. Warmer waters? Go 2mm. Cool but not subzero? A 3mm is the one for you. Freezing climates? Go thick. Not sure? Check out the chart below and pinpoint your location.

19° - 22° C 2 mm

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15° - 19° C 3 mm

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12° - 15° C 4 mm

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