From the legendary rugby jersey to the Swanndri, surfers have always sought a way to keep warm around the lineups of our islands. Early wetsuits, while very welcome, were heavy and restrictive, even forcing surfers to ride boards with much more volume in the colder months than summer. This meant surfers where they could were always looking for a way to escape the cold to warmer climates so they could feel free and loose and surf all day. Luckily since then these stitched and glued together pieces of neoprene, first invented by a California surfer named Jack O’Neill back in the early 1950’s, have come a long way Each and every year as technology advances and works its way into the manufacturing process of materials and construction, wetsuits have come to a point where you don’t even feel like you’re wearing one; being super flexible and offering heat insulation like never before.This means no matter where you live and what season you find yourself in, you can enjoy those perfect waves when they turn on and you don’t have to escape the winter just to feel free, after all the colder months are when some of NZ’s best waves sweep into our shores. Here we feature the latest and greatest suits from the best manufacturers, built to make your Aotearoa surfing experience longer and more enjoyable.