How to Dry Your Wetsuit

Struggling to get into a wet wetsuit is one of the worst things about surfing. Not everyone has the luxury of having multiple suits to alternate between so the folks at Seventhwave wetsuits out of New Zealand put together this simple tutorial on the fastest way to dry your wetsuit. Hopefully it will help you enjoy the upcoming winter season just a little bit better!

1. Rinse and hang wetsuit – inside out
Rinsing your wetsuit is good practice and will give your wetsuit a longer life. After rinsing, hang it up on a wide plastic hanger, inside out (a ventilator hanger is ideal). Hang it in a breezy, well-ventilated area out of the sun. Extended exposure to UV rays will damage the neoprene in your wetsuit.

2. Leave for 20 minutes
The water in the wetsuit will start to pool in the lower arms and legs.

3. Squeeze
Now squeeze the pooled water out of each arm and leg. Start at the shoulder and squeeze your way down to the wrist. On the leg, start at the thigh and squeeze your way down to the ankles.

Repeat this step after waiting another 20 minutes.

4. Leave to dry
Leave your wetsuit hanging in the breeze for another hour or two. After this time, it should be dry enough to put on comfortably. Drying time is dependent on the type of neoprene and lining your wetsuit is made of.

Yamamoto neoprene is made from Limestone and is 94 percent hydrophobic, so the majority of the water is absorbed in the nylon lining only.

Most other brands are made from oil-based neoprene which is less hydrophobic — between 60-70 percent. These wetsuits absorb more water and therefore take a lot longer to dry.

Extra tips
During Winter or in cold conditions, drying your wetsuit will take longer, especially outside or in a garage (it might not be totally dry by morning). Bathrooms are generally well-ventilated rooms — perfect for drying a wetsuit. Hang your wetsuit in the shower or over the bathtub and squeeze the water out of the arms and legs a few times in the first two hours.

Ventilator Quick-Dry Hanger 
These extra wide hangers allow lots of air to flow through your wetsuit — speeding up drying time. The large width of the hanger also reduces strain on the shoulders and keeps the wetsuit from stretching out. Check them out [here].

This post originates from Seventhwave wetsuits: http://seventhwavenz.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/wetsuit-tip-3-how-to-dry-your-wetsuit.html

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