Surfing in winter time? Stay warm with these 10 tricks

Do you have a winter wetsuit and you´re still cold in the water? Too cold to surf in winter? Don´t miss our 10 tips.

  1. Augment the rhythm in the water. Move more. Don´t stay put waiting for the series. Try to catch the maximum number of waves. Paddle it all and try to be in constant movements. Movement = Warmth.
  2. Try to get the warmest time of the day. Generally it’s around 11:00 – 15:00, which is when temperatures are highest. The first and last hours of the day will be the coldest.
  3. Of course it’s important to have a good quality winter wetsuit. A 4/3 minimum in the chest. Try to add other accessories with the wetsuit, like boots, gloves and vest with hood. This last accessory will also give you an extra layer around the chest area, giving you extra protection from the cold. You will be grateful if you fall.
  4. A good warm-up will do wonders.
  5. Dress warmly when you leave you house. It´s important to not enter the water cold.
  6. Change as quick as you can. It’s important to have a winter poncho to change. This surf accessory will let you change in intimacy, and will protect you from the cold. If it’s very cold out, put a car seat cover in your car and get in with the wetsuit. Put the heat on high and go back home quickly to shower.
  7. Avoid putting on a wet wetsuit. If you surf a lot, one of the things that usually happen is that we have a pair of surf wetsuits. At least for winter. If you only have one wetsuit, a good idea would be to have a wetsuit dryer at home.
  8. Try to have something warm waiting for you when you get out of the water. A thermo with tea, soup, or a container with warm water to wash. Or why not a portable shower. Even something warm to eat. Don´t miss your nutritional needs either after your surf session. Check out our health section, for more tips.
  9. Protect your ears. With special earplugs for surfers or with the hood from your wetsuit. Having your head warm in the water will mean more time surfing.
  10. Get a warm shower as soon as you get home.


All the surf accessories we’re going to mention next are an excellent option for Gifts for Surfers. So whether you need to receive a gift or if you’re the one giving it, don’t miss our top 10 accessories for cold-water surfing.


If you’re determined to surf in winter, choosing a good wetsuit is essential. Our wetsuit expert tells you about the best winter wetsuits of the year. We compare 3 of the best surf suit brands on the market: O’Neill, Xcel, and Hurley.


Wetsuit Boots are a basic necessity to stay warm when surfing in winter. Our recommendation is Solite booties. Why? Because of the quality of their materials, they are the best surf booties designed by and for surfers, and they adapt to your foot. If you want more information about Solite Boots, don’t miss our Review and opinions on the best surf booties.


You might be wondering, what goes under a surf wetsuit? Usually, you don’t wear anything under the wetsuit. But in winter, many surfers choose to wear an additional layer of neoprene. Surf jackets with a hood are ideal for winter surfing. They don’t bother, affect mobility or paddling. And they give you that extra layer of warmth on the chest and head. Something you’ll appreciate when the water temperature is 15 degrees.


They say being cold is good. I honestly disagree. Since being cold when surfing can ruin the session. If you’ve ever had to get out of the water because you’ve frozen, you’ve surely appreciated getting to the car and changing with a warm poncho.
Just like there are winter wetsuits, there are ponchos for this time of year. Our recommendation is the Hurley Poncho. In addition to its pleasant feel, it’s thick enough to keep out the cold.

poncho hurley


Having a wetsuit dryer at home allows you to wear a dry suit every day. We recommend the Wetsuit Pro Dryer. We explain how this essential surf accessory for winter surfers works.


One of the most sensitive parts of the body to the cold is the ears. We previously told you why to use earplugs for surfing and recommended the Surf Ears 3.0. Since then, the surf earplug market has continued to evolve, and today many surf brands offer this accessory. Check out our ear protectors for surfing.


Thanks to portable showers, you can take a hot shower right after leaving the water, without having to wait until you get home to warm up. Visit our section on portable showers for cars.

Here’s our recommendation on the best portable showers for camper vans and cars.

We hope that these 10 tips to not catch a cold in winter have been helpful. And of course, we know that for winter surfing the main thing is having a good quality wetsuit. Choose a good brand, it’s worth it. In Single Quiver we have a wide range of surf wetsuits for winter. Don´t miss any of our guides like our three best winter wetsuits.