Myths about pumpfoiling, No. 1.
Pumpfoiling is the perfect city winter sport. You don’t believe us? Just to name a few: We have docks and water for ourselves, the water is glassy and flat due to few ships and a hot tea and refreshing surf sessions just taste better with friends in winter. A little imagination and you feel like a Norwegian surfer.
Last year we were cold, that’s true. Philipp poured repeatedly hot tea in his really thin wetsuit that had more holes than an Emmentaler cheese. My wetsuit on the other hand was at least technically intact and a 4/3/2, but fitting waaaay too loose. I’m glad we survived.
If you have the right gear, you will be warm. If you start pumping, you will be hot even ?.
- You need gloves, neoprene shoes and maybe a neoprene hat. Thickness best 3mm+ and tight enough around the ankle, so that your shoes are not flooding all the time. Alternatively you tuck the glove and shoe endings under your suit. I like the Mystic ones and don’t get paid for saying that. For me personally a neoprene beanie is enough, but when you start off and keep falling in the water a tightly (but not too tight, you want to be able to move your head) fitting neoprene hat incl. neck or combined suit with hoodie is best.
- Suit: Tight and a little too small, 5mm+. I chose a half-dry one with fur-lining for body and extremities, and it is definitely warm enough. For warmer weather a 2 – 4mm suit is enough (tight like always). You might want to invest in two suits. Before heading out I put the suit on and feel warm before I start.
- Hot tea with sugar/honey. Just saying.
- Two extras I wouldn’t want to live by now: Wide fitting comfy fluffy boots you can hide your frozen feet in after a session with a non-optimal neo or without wetsuit at all (to test your limits of course). Plus a dryrobe or change robe that holds off wind and rain/snow and is super warm.
That’s all for now. Contact us if you want to hear more on gear.