Building the World’s Best Wetsuits For Surfing
The surf is going off but you’re heading home early.
You’re cold and your arms are spent from paddling a heavy water-logged wetsuit.
You’re thinking when will I get another day like this.
Surf Stronger and longer in a compression wetsuit
Our passion is to build world-class wetsuits that stand up to the harshest conditions the ocean might offer.
Living and surfing in and along the California coast a frequent topic of conversation was just how much wetsuit innovation had stagnated and quality had deteriorated. It is about designing a wetsuit that improves surfer performance.
Inspired by our quest for the better wetsuit, we took to consulting around the globe: to material scientists in Japan, athletes from Hawaii to Colorado, bio-mechanical engineers and cold water surfers on three continents.
We put our theories of wetsuit advancement to the test up and down the coast of California. The response to our first suits by core surfers was incredibly positive. And we’re not sitting on our laurels by any stretch.
Our approach is to continually test, learn, refine and then do it all again to ensure the best possible product with vital ongoing feedback from our community of core surfers and respected team riders.
ONLY THE FINEST WETSUIT MATERIALS
In a series of violent tectonic activity that took place approximately 80 million years ago, a rock (situated in the present-day Hawaiian island chain) traveled a very long way north-west to Mt. Kurohime in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
It was, Yamamoto, who first discovered this unique rock, charmed by its properties, Yamamoto has created an innovative business enterprise. This incredible rock, composed of 99.7% calcium carbonate, is miraculously free from almost all impurities. Using this limestone rock as a starting material, Yamamoto has developed a number of high quality materials that have found applications in various fields such as; water sports gear, medicinal, and fashion. With a supply of at least 3000 years of this fantastic raw material, that is where Isurus Wetsuits comes in with the world’s first compression wetsuits for surfing.
Better wetsuits start with better materials. Yamamoto neoprene is widely recognized as the thinnest, lightest, warmest neoprene available in the market. Yamamoto’s exceptional performance characteristics, combined with its superior durability is creating shock waves for traditional neoprene manufacturers who are figuring out how to compete and spawning a host of imitators producing substandard and inferior closed cell imitators. The hydrophobic materials in Isurus Wetsuits have elongation properties of 450% of its original size – with excellent values of elongation and recovery. This means it fits and acts like a second skin providing you with unrestricted range of motion you have not experienced before. To quote surfers, “it just feels better.”
Yamamoto’s proprietary closed-cell manufacturing process also results in a neoprene that is also highly durable while remaining extremely stretchy that feels and acts like a second skin. It doesn’t get loose over time like traditional neoprene that in a new suit, “feels” great, but quickly loses its elongation recovery as the cell structure breaks down.
Traditional neoprene acts more like a kitchen sponge (in terms of water absorption) in many cases increasing the weight of a wetsuit by 2x or more requiring more body heat to warm the water, more energy to paddle and maneuver in a restrictive heavy water laden suit, and much longer drying times between surf sessions.
After exhaustive development, this is the warmest material combination we have found to date. A heat reflecting 4 layer sandwich construction – with exterior No. 039 jersey (or Fine Mesh), laminated to Yamamoto® closed cell #40 rubber, then a Titanium Coating, and then our proprietary Zircronium Fleece jersey lining inside creates an interior environment that reflects heat back towards the body. This incredible combination will be 40% warmer than regular neoprene. Nothing comes close. Zircronium Fleece is also BlueSign®and Oeko-Tex® certified, this yellow-gold color lining material is simply the best jersey we have found/tested/and confirmed to outperform all others for its warmth, comfort, light weight, and quick drying characteristics. Bluesign® and Oeko-Tex® work to assure that chemicals, processes, materials and products are safe for the environment, safe for workers and safe for end users.
YAMAMOTO #40 FINE MESH
Superior wind resistance against windchill and reduced friction on hoods for smoother water penetration in big surf.
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10–15°C Sea Temp.
13–18°C Sea Temp.
Supercharged compression, muscle stabilization, and bio-mechanical lat panel combine to create a wetsuit that allows you to perform at your best. Increased range of motion, reduced fatigue, quicker recovery times and better overall circulation is what Isurus wetsuits are all about.
Just another gimmick? We don’t think so!
Isurus Wetsuits were specifically designed around “Supercharged Compression”. Compression garments are known to improve performance and recovery. Professional and Olympic athletes in all sports use them because it improves performance and shortens recovery. It is long overdue for surfing, and Isurus is leading the charge.
Isurus took a new approach to pattern-making for surf wetsuits. Wetsuit patterning, like all clothing (for the past 50 years) have been made with the arms hanging at your side, okay for street clothes, but for surfing wetsuits, it is restrictive. Isurus designed the wetsuit with the arms raised overhead. Putting your arms in the optimal power position for paddling.
An additional low back/kidney panel, or “CORE” temperature regulator is extremely important, as the kidneys are the body’s main blood filtration organs where all blood passes, constantly circulating and warming from the core – to the furthest extremities. This, combined with the improved circulation from Isurus Advanced Compression Design, increases body heat and enhances energy levels and shortens recovery time.
Isurus has designed a one-piece side panel, stretching from the hip to the elbow joint, this provides unrestricted flexibility and maximum paddling power.
Surfing exposes muscles to high frequency muscle vibration, a cause of premature muscle fatigue. The Kinesiology based MST Muscle Stabilization Technology developed by Isurus, wraps and stabilizes key muscle groups stressed when surfing.
100% Acetal® (POM) non-corrosive hardware and cord locks to make sure everything stays tight and never rusts or corrodes.
Only the best wetsuit zippers on the market today, with the perfect combination of metals to ensure the zipper performs for the life of the product.
Water entrapment zone on forearms for increased paddle power.
Wrist and ankle cuff grippers to help prevent “blow-outs”, water ingress and enhance seals.
Simple, effective fold-over pocket with elastic keep keeper loop
Drain holes for efficient excess water exit.
If you live in a cold-water region and you want to surf all year round you need a good wetsuit. Being cold in the water is no fun at all. In the words of former Surfer Magazine editor Steve Hawk, getting cold is the fastest way to ruin a good session.
When you’re warm, your body is more flexible, you can move freely and you’ve got more energy to put into your surfing because you’re not burning it all up trying to stay warm.
In surfing, that makes the difference between making that next section and lagging behind in the foam. It’s two less duck dives to reach the line-up and five less paddle strokes to catch a wave.
That means more waves and longer rides.
Increased range of motion, reduced fatigue, quicker recovery times and better overall circulation is what Isurus wetsuits are all about. Here’s why Isurus suits are the best for cold water winter surfing:
Our warmest wetsuits are now lined with a thin layer of titanium using Yamamoto’s patented 5 step process.
The Ti absorbs your body’s heat and then reflects it back at you. Yamamoto claims it increases warmth by 40%. We don’t make that claim, but we do know it significantly increases warmth with no increase in weight or suit thickness. It does add to the cost of the wetsuit though. But, if you go out in frigid winter conditions, we think it’s worth going titanium-lined.
We also added Z-Fleece which is the warmest, lightest insulating material we have found to date. Nothing we have tested comes close to it.
We’ve also added a layer of titanium covering the lower back, including the kidney area. We call this the KoreRegulator Panel. We’ve found that if you keep these vital organs warm your extremities stay warm.
One of our most popular winter wetsuits is the Ti Alpha 5.4. It’s now 80% titanium lined and features the KoreRegulator Panel in the lower back.
When you have to duck dive in cold water, your head soon gets cold. A wetsuit hood will keep you warm and stop you getting that stabbing ice cream headache.
A wetsuit hood can also help prevent surfer’s ear (also known as swimmer’s ear), which is a condition where the bone of the ear canal develops extra bone growth to protect the ear drum.
Isurus wetsuit hoods are designed to fit snug. The hood will not only protect your ears from being filled with cold water, it will also reduce wind chill when you’re waiting for your wave.