1. One piece with short legs
The arms on spring suits vary from sleeveless, short, or long sleeves. The bottoms range from cheeky bikini cut, mini short, or mid-thigh length shorts. The different sleeve and bottom styles mix and match in countless ways for a dizzying number of options.
Best for: If you buy one spring suit. We recommend a 2mm long-sleeved version with whichever bottom cut you’re most comfortable in. Many surfers love this versatile style because the long sleeves provide arm and core warmth, as well as full sun protection. They cover water temps ranging from 65 – 75F degrees.
If you surf in waters warmer than 75F degrees like Hawaii, mainland Mexico, Central America, or South Pacific, a sleeveless or short sleeve spring suit may be your best bet. There are fantastic options that resemble a one-piece bathing suit, but in neoprene fabric. Don’t forget to add a rashguard for extra sun protection and avoid the hassle of slippery sunscreen arms!
These exciting styles change based on the trends, but they commonly offer fuller coverage up top that provides good support and comfort for paddling. Bottoms range from bikini, mini shorts, and high waisted vintage-inspired cuts. Light neoprene bikinis don’t provide as much warmth and protection as one pieces, but they make up for it by being super versatile. You can mix and match with a neoprene jacket or other separates.
Best for: Fun with style and warm water surf over 75F degrees.
3. Wetsuit jackets and separates
A zip-up wetsuit jacket is exactly as it sounds: a practical jacket to layer over your sleeveless wetsuit or light spring suit. You can leave this top layer on the beach until that unexpected cloud cover rolls in.
Best for: Additional layering over your sleeveless spring suit or swimsuit.
4. Sleeveless or short sleeved one-piece with long legs
Since the men’s version is called a “Long John”, this sleeveless one-piece with full length legs is endearingly referred to as a “Long Jane” for us. Many surfers match a Long Jane with a neoprene jacket as an alternative to buying a full wetsuit.
Best for: Providing full body warmth, versatility and protection on your legs, especially knees.