But a chill runs down your spine when you remember that you will have to put on your drenched wetsuit from last season…
You look at the thermometer in the car, which shows an outdoor temperature of 2°C, and the forecasts on the radio say that the weather will get even worse in the days to come… But how can you dry out your neoprene wetsuit by tomorrow?
If you do not have two neoprene wetsuits, if your tiny flat does not have a balcony and if you shiver at the very idea of slipping into a freezing wetsuit, then these tips are just for you!
HOW TO DRY YOUR NEOPRENE WETSUIT, GLOVES AND BOOTS IN WINTER?
HOW TO DRY YOUR NEOPRENE SURFING WETSUIT IN WINTER?
1) CHOOSE A ROOM TO DRY YOUR NEOPRENE WETSUIT
After rinsing your neoprene wetsuit in cold water, ideally you should dry it in a well ventilated room, heated to 20°C by a radiator or a portable heater.
Many surfers dry their wetsuits in the bathroom, because that’s the only room where there is enough space and, more importantly, because as your neoprene wetsuit dries out, it will release a lot of accumulated water.
So take care to spread your neoprene wetsuit over the bathtub, the shower tray or a watertight container.
2) CHOOSING THE RIGHT METHOD TO STRETCH YOUR NEOPRENE WETSUIT
Even if it is the quickest way to dry your wetsuit, do not dry it out on a hanger, because doing so can deform and enlarge the collar and the shoulders, which are weighed down by the accumulated water.
The best solution is to fold the wetsuit in two on a dryer, a towel rail or the part of a hanger for trousers (in this case, always use a hanger that is sufficiently wide and not too sharp, to prevent a fold from forming in the chest of your wetsuit).
THE DOS AND DON’TS WHEN DRYING A NEOPRENE WETSUIT
Do not leave your neoprene wetsuit in your wetsuit basket and make sure that you rinse it after every session to prevent the proliferation of bacteria and foul smells!
Never leave your wetsuit to dry on a radiator or an electric towel dryer.
3) A TIP TO DRY OUT YOUR NEOPRENE WETSUIT MORE QUICKLY
To dry out your neoprene wetsuit as quickly as possible, remember to drip dry it and sponge it down in order to remove all the excess water before and after drying.
You can do this several times as it is drying out and you can also press the ends of the arms and legs of your neoprene wetsuit in order to get rid of any stagnant water.
And remember to always dry your neoprene wetsuit inside out.
4) STORING YOUR NEOPRENE WETSUIT
Like for drying, your neoprene wetsuit should be stored folded in two, and not on a hanger, which will deform it, in readiness for your next session in the water.
HOW TO DRY YOUR NEOPRENE SURF GLOVES IN THE WINTER?
This is an easy technique to quickly dry out your neoprene gloves in the winter:
- TWO BOTTLES OF WATER
- A PAIR OF SCISSORS
- A HAIR DRYER OR A RADIATOR
Translation : Practical Advice : Surfing in winter : How to dry your neoprene surf gloves and booties in the winter ?
You can use the same technique for your boots, with a metal hanger folded in two for greater stability.
The advantage of using a hair dryer rather than a radiator is that it can apply cold air directly to the interior of the gloves, thanks to the funnel effect of the dryer. Consequently, you can dry your gloves more quickly with a hair dryer.
THE DIY SURFER’S TIP
“Hi to the watermen! Here is what we can do with a few PVC tubes. The wetsuit will be dry in 20 minutes. If you use reinforced PVC, the total cost is €20. “Martin
A safety tip: set your hair dryer to minimum power with cold air to avoid damaging the neoprene wetsuit.