We’ve all been lured by the “Summer Looks Good on You” campaigns, or the promise of sustainable products that are good for the environment. Tempted by an appealing spring suit in colours that perfectly match your kite, the practicality of the product can often be overlooked.
After several seasons kiting, it’s safe to say that Cat has worked out a thing or two about swimwear that performs to a high standard. Here, she shares with you her top three wetsuits, one for each season, that combine both function and style.
As someone who surfs, I’ve learned that wetsuit products offered by the major surf brands are not always the most functional option for kitesurfing. After many kite sessions picking wedgies out from barely-there bum coverage, and at times being at risk of drowning from a wetsuit that is ballooning with water, I decided it was time to find some gear that was much better suited to the sport of kitesurfing.
If you’re new to kiteboarding, it’s difficult to know what is going to work best for you as I’m sure you’d much rather be focused on your progression than be distracted by an ill-fitted, malfunctioning wetsuit. As a complete beginner, depending on where you’re learning to kitesurf, I’d recommend wearing leg and arm protection to prevent cuts or scrapes from submerged rocks or coral. However, once you’re up and riding, it’s time to show off your new style, and perhaps ditch the leggings!
After trying a multitude of different wetsuit styles and brands, I’ve finally settled on a few that I think are great options. So, here are my top three, tried and tested wetsuits to wear kitesurfing.
While our body shape, size, and kiteboarding priorities might be different, I think it’s safe to say that we all want to have a great time out on the water. Having gear and equipment that is right for you is always going to mean a better session with more stoke! That includes having a wetsuit that fits well and provides maximum performance.
I am eternally on the search for funky and functional swimwear products, so leave me a comment below and tell me your favourite and why? Otherwise, I’m always up for a good disaster story as well!
Just be stoked!
– Cat Jay