We bang on about this lots, but we’ll say it again: NCW products have many different applications. They’re not just designed for surfing exploits. In fact, you mightn’t be a board rider at all, yet still require the need for quality NCW rubber. That said NCW wetsuits do, of course, suit (no pun intended!) sliding sideways across water on ‘planks’. Even above the brine……as can be seen in these pics accompanying this post. Whilst the weather and water temperatures have cooled down it’s still pretty mild considering the time of year (Nov 13, 2020 at time of writing). On warmer days it’s therefore perfectly plausible to be only wearing a 3mm wetuit (rather than full on winter steamer). In this instance, NCW’s 3mm Long John has been partnered with a thermal rash vest which provides ample barrier to saltwater.
The rider in question (Tez Plavenieks) suggests this is perfect attire for off season windsurf foiling if you’re not planning on spending too much time in the drink and the windchill isn’t too biting. That isn’t to say spills don’t occur. But being back up and foiling quick smart, having taken a fall, means there’s no real time to cool down.
We should add that everyone’s chill threshold is different. So what works for one won’t necessarily work for another. It’s always best to er on the side of caution and wear more neoprene than too little. Better to be warm than cold during autumn/winter and spring. Even in summer you may find getting chilly happens faster than you anticipate.
If you want to find out more about foiling in general then hit up NCW’s hydrofoiling knowledge page –