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Autumn is that magical time of the year when the swell pumps, the cusp that welcomes in the winter change, brrrrr! Its time to say good bye to the bikini and embrace the neoprene. Here at SurfSister we have looked at three different companies to see what is on ofter for us surfer girls in the way of steamers for 2012.

I have personally owned many different brands of wetsuits and each has pro's and con's, its more about figuring out what 'you' want. I think the best place to start is by asking yourself, what conditions do you need it for?

I know that you'll need a different thickness if you're down south Australia compared to the tempered waters of up north... Your friendly surf shop assistant should be able to help you with the details (thickness, sealed or unsealed, sizing etc).

But definitely get a ladies wettie, they are made with the female form in mind! CSkins, Rip Curl and Roxy all have wetsuits that are made to keep you warm so you can stay out longer.





The rider proven ReWired is lighter, warmer and more flexible for 2012. Made using recycled fibres the ReWired also boasts some pretty epic eco credentials. The minimal seam styling allows for greater flex while the glued and blindstitched seams keep out the cold. With the D.F.Z front zip system you get great torsional stretch through the lumber area which allows you to perform at your best in all conditions.

• Glued and Blindstitched seams
• 80% Ultra Stretch Eco-Flex neoprene (recylced jersey, with super low water retention)
• 20% Ultra Stretch C-Flex neoprene (as stretchy as it gets!)
• DuroFlx knee pads
• Super seal glideskin collar (no flushing and no rubbing)
• D.C.Z - Diagonal Chest Zipper (the shorthest possible zip, and super easy on and off)
• LQS Wrist and Cuff seals (keeps flushing to a minimum)
• Unique Double Clam Shell neck entry (lets you open the suit wider, to get it on easier)
. Ultra minimal seam styling
• Pre-bent elbows and knees
• Engineered fit (the single most important aspect of a wetsuit. The ASL wetsuit test rated the fit factor of this suit 9/10)
• Solid YKK Chest Zip
• Key Pocket

Available in Sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 12/14, 14
RRP: 3x2 GBS $364.95


The Angel is designed and specifically designed for women
The Angel boasts an unbeatable lineup of features that include the exclusive Enigma Zip System, pure double lined Ultra Stretch C-Flex neoprene throughout and 100% LQS Liquid taping system. The new Angel with ultra minimal seam styling offers enhanced durability, increased mobility and an incredible womens fit which focuses on the specific needs of today’s female riders.

• Internal Glued and Blindstitched seams
• 100% LQS Liquid Seam System (no water penertration)
• 100 % Ultra Stretch C-Flex neoprene (as stretchy as if gets)
• Quick Dry FireCore Poly Pro interior front panel (pulls moisture away from your body, keeping you warmer)
• DuroFlx knee pads
• Super Seal Glideskin wrap around Oring collar (creates an incredible seal to fit the contours of any neck)
• Enigma Zip barrier system (Exclusive to C-SKINS, this barrier system is made from the same piece of neoprene as the shoulder panel, less seams = less water penertration)
• Ultra minimal seam styling
• LQS Wrist and cuff seals (keeps flushing to a minimum)
• Engineered fit
• Solid YKK Back Zip
• Key Pocket

Available in Sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 12/14, 14
RRP: 3x2 LQS GBS $429.95




Dry Fast - Surf More. Flash Dry is an exclusive new weave technology with 2 engineered layers - the first layer is designed so water passes through it directly into the 2nd layer. The 2nd layer then funnels the water rapidly out of the suit once it is hung up. As well as the rapid dry time the Flash Dry lining is also one of the warment, most comfortable linings available. 4-Way stretch panels, Seamless Underartms & Shoulders, Chest Zip, Mesh Skin, Hydro-Lock Collar, Drainage System, S-Flex Knees, Stash Pocket.

Flash lining has been 2 years in development and represents the key feature in the FlashBomb wetsuit. The material dries in 15 – 20 minutes and Rip Curl has also introduced to the wetsuit E3+ Superstretch hand tape for 120% more stretch in the wetsuit seam. Dry fast….surf more!

The suit has been designed to utilise the stretch benefits of Rip Curl’s E3 neoprene. Combined with expert manufacturing techniques from our very own dedicated wetsuit factory have allowed us to increase the diameter of the entry and exits for the surfer.

The suit features Rip Curl’s renowned chest zip system with a one piece glide skin collar with exact tension to make easy to get on and create the perfect neck seal. Arm and leg cuffs are 3/4 liquid taped to stop blow outs. The zip placement has been moved higher to allow for greater smoothy panelling.

Flash Lining is an exclusive new weave technology with 2 engineered layers - the first layer is designed so water passes through it directly into the 2nd Layer. The 2nd Layer then funnels the water rapidly out of the suit once it is hung up. Dry Fast - Surf More, As well as the rapid dry time the Flash Lining is also one of the warmest, most comfortable linings available E3+ Tape - 100% of the internal seams are taped with E3+ super stretch tape, allowing for 120% more seam stretch than a traditional liquid taped seam giving surfers the ultimate seam seal and comfort. 100% E3 Neoprene - The lightest, most flexible and warmest neoprene ever.

Rip Curl has introduced Flash Lining and E3+ super stretch Hand Taped seams to combine fast drying warmth with dramatic improvements to flexibility….. No longer do you have to compromise stretch in a warm suit.

Price: $479.99






As you can see there is lots of choice which is so fantastic! Gone are the days when we don't have options. If you want to check out more about the above suits:

CSkins And here is a link to our Facebook page 

Rip Curl


Words by Narani Henson

Narani Henson


Narani Henson in Byron Bay

" My love for the ocean was installed at a young age. Surfing and my art is something that I can lose myself in, what can I say its good for my soul". Narani Henson has a diploma of Fine Arts from Meadowbank TAFE and a bachelor of Fine Arts from Curtin University. Google+ redbubble facebook

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