SUMMER WETSUIT REVIEW 2015

5 Dec 2015 2 Share

Tim Hanrahan

Coastalwatch Board Reviewer

Welcome to the summer wetsuit review for 2015/16.

We have selected the 3 best suits from the top 6 surf brands to help make your decision-making process a little easier. You'll find all you need to know about the best rubber available on the market, suitable for all states and weather conditions. 

Our Coastalwatch reviewer, Tim Hanrahan from Aloha Manly, again brings us all the technical aspects of each product and we're stoked to be able to present a totally balanced video review before Christmas. 

Also check out the long range summer forecast below, as well as the individual state forecast pages so you know what you're up for over the next 3 months.

We've reviewed 2 men's and 1 woman's suit from:

BILLABONG

  • Pro Series Long Sleeve Jacket
  • Pro Series Zipperless Spring Suit
  • Surf Capsule Spring Fever Long Sleeve Spring Suit

VIEW BILLABONG SELECTION

XCEL

  • Infiniti Short Sleeve Steamer
  • Infiniti Comp Jacket
  • Hana Long Sleeve Spring Suit
VIEW XCEL SELECTION

HURLEY

  • Fusion 101 Jacket
  • Fusion 0.5 Freedom Windskin Jacket
  • Fusion 202 Long Sleeve Spring Suit
VIEW HURLEY SELECTION

ONEILL

  • Hyperfreak Short Sleeve Steamer
  • Superfreak Long Sleeve Crew
  • Bahia Long Sleeve Spring Suit
VIEW ONEILL SELECTION

RIP CURL

  • E Bomb Zip Free Spring Suit
  • E Bomb Pro Vest Long Sleeve Jacket
  • G Bomb Long Sleeve Spring Suit 
VIEW RIP CURL SELECTION

QUIKSILVER 

  • AG47 Modern Original Glide Skin Vest
  • AG47 202 Zipperless Short Sleeve Steamer
  • Roxy XY Front Zip Long Sleeve Spring Suit
VIEW QUIKSILVER SELECTION


AUSTRALIA'S LONG RANGE SUMMER FORECAST

Forecast by Coastalwatch Chief Forecaster Ben Macartney

As many of us are now well aware we are in the midst of a big El Nino weather pattern that’s now the strongest seen since the record-breaking event of 1997/ 1998. The El Nino patterns are closely linked to abnormally warm sea surface temperatures throughout the tropical eastern and Central Pacific Ocean and they do have notable implications for surfing conditions for Australian waters. For the East Coast theoretically means plenty of hot, dry spells as high pressure dominates the southeast of the continent and Tasman Sea throughout the summer months – and that means plenty of small-scale NE wind swell and northerly winds, interspersed with the odd southerly buster and south swells spreading off a suppressed Southern Ocean storm track.

Although El Nino also means a below average number of tropical cyclones forecast throughout the Australian waters this season, warm sea surface anomalies over various parts of the Southwest Pacific point to an above average number of tropical cyclones for many island nations – specifically Vanuatu, Fiji – as well as the more distant regions of the Cook Islands and French Polynesia. So although the probability of a tropical cyclone setting up within close proximity of the Eastern Seaboard is reduced, there are above average chances we’ll see a handful of tropical cyclone-related swell events – not to mention more typical East trade wind swells of more remote origins impacting the Eastern Seaboard – particularly as tropical activity comes to a head during the second half of summer and early autumn.

Looking further south, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania are likely to see higher average daytime temperatures, reduced cloud cover and lower rainfall under the influence of the El Nino pattern as it peaks through the summer months. Weather patterns will be characterised by the dominant high-pressure belt over the south-eastern interior. This points to good conditions across the most exposed southwest facing beaches as a subdued Southern Ocean storm track delivers small to mid-sized SW swell as northerly quarter winds emerge as the dominant wind regime through the summer months.

Across the West Coast, the double atmospheric whammy of a positive Indian Ocean dipole and the Pacific El Nino also points to above average air temperatures, drier than average conditions and below average tropical cyclone formation. Otherwise, the summer looms as a fairly typical one with respect to surf potential for the West Coast, with mostly small-scale SW swell interspersed with the odd mid to large groundswell. Expect a typical wind-regime characterised by early ESE winds tending SSE to SSW during the days.

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