My Winter Paddling Clothes for under 40F:
On this day it was 22F air and in the teens for windchill. I was surfing and downwinding my 18′ Carbonology Cruze surf ski on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State.
I may look cold to you, but I was dry and warm. The 5/4mm wetsuit hood makes it hard to smile! I was stoked after surfing several great waves!
– 5-4mm RipCurl FlashBomb hooded suit. Seam sealed and fleece lined.
–ProMotion Exo-Skin top which is waterproof and cuts windchill. Also fleece lined. Orange for visibility.
–Vaikobi PFD in hi-vis green. Hot water and Hammer Fizz electrolyte in bladder. Hammer gel, whistle, knife, reflective mirror and tethered phone in pockets.
–Glacier Perfect Curve Gloves, fleece lined. Been a fav of mine for years.
–Latex gloves under Glacier gloves as a no bulk vapor layer. First time testing those and kept fingers toasty!
–NRS fleece lined WetShoes and 2mm WetSock liners. Dry warm feet!
–Gath Hat helmet keeps heat in and cuts windchill. Yellow for visibility. And good head protection while surfing.
–Reed ChillCheater hood under RipCurl hood. Very thin fleece lined no bulk vapor layer keeping heat in.
With this set-up, I stay 100% dry and very warm especially when paddling. A drysuit is another option but for me harder to swim in and I’m not a fan of broken seals and failed zippers that can compromise a dry suit.
Winter Kayak / Surf Ski Paddling Safety Tips: Always wear a leash! On a kayak or surf ski I attach a SUP coiled leash to my PFD waist strap and to the stern deck. Also Wear hi-vis colors for visibility.
Rob Casey / Salmon Bay Paddle – Seattle, WA / www.salmonbaypaddle.com