Paint It Black

28 Apr 2016 1 Share

SURFING WORLD MAGAZINE | Paint It Black

It’s so easy to forget just how good wetsuits have become. Many of us would remember the old days when pulling on that thick early neoprene could take up the best part of the morning and then getting the thing off – with blue lips and numb thumbs – well, it could reduce a grown man to tears.

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Nowadays, the science behind the best wetsuits is extraordinary and worthy of a much closer look. For example, would it surprise you to know that wetsuits not only trap heat but distribute it evenly to every part of entire body? Did you know that the lightness and stretchiness of the materials is resulting in far more surf time during the cold months due to far less resistance on the body? And did you know that one wetsuit isn’t even made of neoprene anymore?

These are the breakthroughs that continue to make surfing more and more fun the lower the air and water temps drop. And to make all this info nice and easy to digest SW has teamed up with four of the best wetsuit makers in the business and a bunch of cool arty types and painted a bunch of the most cutting edge wetsuits available. The results surprised philosophers and noble laureate worldwide. Who knew art and science could be BFFs?

THERE ARE 4 EPISODES THAT MAKE UP PAINT IT BLACK

O'NEILL: EP 1

Surfer: Soli Bailey
Artist: Billy Bain

RIP CURL: EP 2

Surfer: Matt Wilkinson
Artist: Travis Edwards

PATAGONIA: EP 3

Surfer: Dan Ross
Artist: Jess Leitmanis

QUIKSILVER: EP 4

Surfer: Mikey Wright
Artist: Brodie Jackson


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