Surviving New England Winters: A quick guide to start surfing and stay surfing in Cold Water

With reduced daylight and figid water temperatures, even the most motivated wave chasers may struggle in the colder months. As the winter chill sets in Rhode Island Surf Co. can assist to navigate the chilly season.

Get The Right Gear:

Wetsuit technology has progressed, but the priciest suit isn't always the best fit. Ensure your wetsuit, hood, booties and gloves fit well to ward off the cold and prevent flushing. Check out our range of COLD Water Wetsuits and Surf Accessories. Thick wetsuits and accessories can be a difficult process to get on and off. These special socks allow you to get into your wetsuit and your booties with ease. Making your set up time as easy as possible and having the appropriate gear will allow you to get motivated and out there surfing!

Stay Active:

Winter surfing is a challenge. Counteract reduced flexibility with land-based exercises and stretching. Pool sessions at your local YMCA is a great resource and can supplement your surf routine when daylight is limited. This quick 15 minute video is a great way to start your flexibility routine.

Dry Your Gear:

Avoid discomfort of a cold, damp wetsuit. Having a dry wetsuit lets you suit up in warmth, whether in your care or at home. We also recommend hanging your suit inside out so that the inside dries first. This is great for back to back sessions. If your gear is starting to get stiff or stinky. We have a great remedy for this. It acts like a shampoo and conditioner for your suit and you can find that here.

Plan Your Sessions:

Opt for quick, focused surfs to maximize wave count. Knowing the right times and spots for brief sessions is crucial in the cold. Wave and wind forecasting sites like Surfline and Windy are great resources so you can balance work, family and surf times.