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WHY WEAR A HOOD FOR WINTER SURFING?

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Winter has arrived on the Atlantic Coast. In fact, just as we’re making it to the spot, the idea that goes through our minds is “hoo’d be without a hood?”! But, actually, what are the benefits of wearing a hood? 

Edouard, our Neoprene Product Manager, explains everything about surfing hoods you need to know [...]

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Picture legend : Surf session at the Baie des Trépassés, Little Brittany, France

WHY WEAR A HOOD FOR WINTER SURFING?

When you surf in winter, your body, exposed to the cold, tries to reduce the amount of heat it loses by tightening the blood vessels, in particular those of the extremities (hands, feet, nose and ears), to concentrate blood circulation on the most vital organs (the heart, the brain). One term used to describe this is the vasoconstriction phenomenon.

In surfing, the first parts of the body that start to feel the cold are these extremities because they are the parts of the body that are the most in contact with the water. Consequently, it is advisable to cover the extremities of your body to limit heat loss: your feet, head and hands in following order in terms of efficiency and discomfort:

 

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 COLD WATER 12-17°C                                                                                       VERY COLD WATER 7-12°C

To get the best out of your sessions this winter, I recommend wearing 5mm-thick neoprene boots, 3mm gloves and a 2mm hood.

WHY IS THe HOOD MADE WITH 2MM-THICK NEOPRENE WHEN IT’S WELL-KNOWN THAT 40% OF HEAT IS LOST FROM YOUR HEAD?

When hood thickness exceeds 2mm, you start losing freedom of movement which is the exact opposite of what is needed for surfing. However, our hoods are particularly adapted to cold and windy conditions thanks to the smooth neoprene which stops you from feeling chilly when it’s windy.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOOD?

A basic hood is recommended when the outside temperature drops below 12° C.

When it comes to choosing the size, your hood must be well adjusted to restrict the ingress of water and limit possible irritation around your neck, especially as it will stretch as soon as it gets wet.

You can choose between three types of hood for your session:

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(1) Full hoods are the easiest model to put on with a full neoprene wetsuit with back zip.

(2) The neoprene top with hood is the easiest model to put on with a  full neoprene wetsuit with front zip and gives your body extra warmth and comfort with the thickness of the top. Basically, adding a 2mm neoprene top under a 4/3mm suit is equivalent to a 5/3mm suit in terms of heat.

(3) Removable hoods: the most practical solution as they allow you to keep the thickness of your suit while also being able to choose to wear a hood or not (normal collar) depending on the surfing conditions and how you’re feeling. Modularity is possible thanks to the two zips used on the opening system.

IN A NUTSHELL, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEARING A HOOD?

Okay, yes, it’s true that wearing a hood doesn’t make you look very "stylish" and it’s also more difficult hearing your friends’ jokes when they’re on the peak BUT hoods:

1) Protect you from cold water by keeping your head warm thanks to its neoprene membrane.

2) Protect you from the wind thanks to being made with smooth neoprene which saves you from feeling chilly.

3) Prevent the risk of exostosis or “surfer’s ear” (abnormal bone growth within the ear canal as a result of cold water in the ear canal and prolonged exposure to wind). In addition to your hood, we recommend wearing earplugs when you go surfing.

4) Reduce the painful feeling you can sometimes experience around the forehead when you’re doing duck dives during a session in cold water.

jules_ingenieur_combinaison_neoprene_tribord_decathlon Jules’ tip: always take time to warm up in winter before paddling towards the peak, otherwise you may well have a painful forehead when you get series after series of waves on your head! 

5) Make your way to the peak incognito

6) Do handstands without hair getting stuck on the wax

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7) Lastly, hoods let you surf for longer in winter and continue to enjoy yourself for as long as possible in the water!

~ AND, WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T FORGET TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AND ENJOY YOUR SURFING! ~

WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE WHEN SURFING WITH A HOOD ON?

Our Tribord surfing team accepted to play the game:

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