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  • Wetsuit Buyer's Guide and Temperature Chart

    Wetsuit Buyer's Guide and Sizing Chart

    Why do I need a wetsuit?

    You're body's freezing cold, but you want to take another set behind the boat. We've all been there and it doesn't have to be that way anymore. Wetsuits and drysuits are the perfect way to extend your season when the temperatures start to drop and everyone else puts their boat away for the season. Veteran boarders know this is the best time of the year to ride because the water is glass and you don't have to worry about waiting in line at the boat ramp.

    We've put together a quick guide to help you decide on what wetsuit will work best for your riding style and water temperatures. Feel free to contact us at sales@wakemakers.com or (888) 338-6085 if you have any questions about choosing the right wetsuit.

    How do wetsuits work?

    Wetsuits are designed to keep you warm by trapping a small layer of water between your body and the wetsuits neoprene material. This thin layer of water is heated up by your body temperature and in turn it keeps you warm when you are wakeboarding or wakesurfing. We recommend using a wetsuit in 55+ degree water and a drysuit for 54 degrees and below. If you want more information about drysuits here is a link to our drysuit buyer's guide.

    Now that you know how a wetsuit works you can see why it's important to have a wetsuit that fits snug to your skin. If it's too loose you end up defeating the purpose because the excess water in the suit will make it cold. If your suit is too tight it can cut off circulation to your extremities and it can be very uncomfortable.

    Wetsuit Temperature Guide

    In addition to water temperatures, outside temperatures, wind and your activity level will factor into what thickness wetsuit you will want. If you're doing an activity without a lot of movement or you get cold easily we recommend choosing a warmer wetsuit.

    Water Temperature Wetsuit Chart

    Wetsuit/Drysuit Temperature Chart

    Genrally, the thicker the wetsuit the warmer it is, but the quality of the neoprene material and the type of seal will also play a factor in the wetsuits warmth. New technology like O'Neill's FuzeFlex Firewall and TechnoButter have made wetsuits warmer and more comfortable than ever before.

    Wetsuit Thickness

    The wetsuits we carry for wakeboarding and wakesurfing are 4/3, 3/2 and 2/1. The larger number stands for the thickness in the body, for example 4mm and the smaller number is for the extremities (arms & leg panels). The reason for the difference in wetsuit thickness is that you need more movement in your arms and legs so the material is thinner and more stretchy. New wetsuit technology have made thick suits like a 4/3 more flexible than an older 3/2.

    Shop 3/2 wetsuits>>

    Shop Neo Tops and Accessories>>

    Choosing your wetsuit size

    When you are buying a wetsuit online it's important to look at the sizing charts and find out which size will work best for you. O'Neill wetsuits fit true to size, so make sure you get an accurate measurement. Your wetsuit should fit like a second skin and there shouldn't be any excess room in the legs, arms, or chest area. A wetsuit should also fit snuggly around your neck so there isn't any room for water to seep in.

    O'Neill Men's Wetsuit Size Chart

    For Men, you want to measure your height, and around your waist and chest.

    O'Neill Mens Wetsuit Size Chart

    O'Neill Women's Wetsuit Sizing Chart

    Women will want to measure their height, chest and hips.

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    *If you find yourself in between sizes, go up.

    How should my wetsuit fit

    The fit of a wetsuit is extremely important. A wetsuit that's too big for you will allow too much water in and your body won't be able to warm it up sufficiently. A wetsuit that's too small will be uncomfortable for you to wear and take away from your fun. A 5/4 wetsuit that doesn't fit well will be colder than a 3/2 that fits your body type perfectly. Wetsuit manufacturers make short and tall model suits for people with shorter or longer than average limbs, if you feel like you fall in that category it's best to try one of these options first.

    Wetsuit Seals And Zipper options

    Seam construction plays a large role in how warm the wetsuit will be. Users in colder water temperatures will want to pay more attention to the type of suit they get and we recommend going with a sealed seams for water below 62.

    Flatlock stitching- Flatlock stitching involves laying one neoprene panel edge over the other and then stitching them together. Because this creates a lot of small holes it's recommended for water over 60 degrees. The stitching holes will allow some water making it a better option for Spring/Summer suits.

    Glued and blind stitchedGlued and blind stitched wetsuits are the next step up from flatlock seams. These suits are glued and then stitched leaving almost no room for water to come through. They are recommended for water temperatures over 55 degrees.

    Glued blind stitched and 100% tapedThese suits offer you the ultimate seal. 100% waterproof, the glued blind stitch and taped seams apply a special liquid rubber to the inside seam for the warmest possible wetsuit. This technology is often found in cold water and high-end wetsuits. Don't get confused if you see it called something else because each manufacturer has their own name for glued and taped seams but they essentially function the same way.

    Zipper Types

    Back Zipper- Most of the wetsuits we carry feature back zippers. These are easier to get in and out of than chest zip wetsuits, but the don't offer as much flexibility because the larger back zipper can restrict a little bit of your movement.

    Chest Zipper- Chest zip wetsuits are a newer technology that was developed as a more flexible and more waterproof solution. The smaller zipper on the chest wetsuit allows less water to come through. These wetsuits are tougher to get in and out of because of the smaller neck area.

    Wetsuit styles 

    Full- Full wetsuits are designed to be the warmest wetsuits because they cover your entire body except for your head, feet, and hands. We recommend using full wetsuits in 55-70 degree water. 4/3 wetsuits are best for the colder range and 3/2 wetsuits will be more comfortable in the high 60's. Check out the O'Neill Reactor 3/2 for Men and O'Neill Bahia 3/2 for Women.

    Spring- Spring suits are designed to be used in warmer water than full suits. We recommend using a spring suit in water temperatures ranging from 68+ degree water.

    Neo Top- Neo tops can be used in 70+ degree water to add some extra warmth. Check out the O'Neill Hammer Jacket 2/1 Here. 

    Rash Guards- Rash guards do not provide a lot of added warmth. They can be used for sun protection or they are sometimes worn underneath a wetsuit to help prevent rash and chaffing.

    Neoprene Material Types

    Entry Level: These suits are often called standard stretch and they are the least flexible and warm wetsuits. These suits are generally at a lower price point and sufficient enough for consumers who aren't in their wetsuits very often.

    Mid-Level: These suits are called super-stretch and they feature a higher quality neoprene that has more air impregnated in the layers. This creates a better flexing and warmer wetsuit that's generally at a higher price point.

    High-End and Eco Wetsuits: These wetsuits are made from the highest quality materials and the latest in neoprene technology. If you are looking for the ultimate in performance and comfort, these suits will do the trick. Some companies are manufacturing Eco friendly wetsuits made from recycled neoprene materials if you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint while you stay warm in the water.

    Wetsuit accessories

    Boots: We recommend boots for cool water wake surfing. They keep your feet warmer and still give  you the dexterity you need when using a wakesurf board. Neoprene boots vary in thickness from 1mm to 7mm+. For wakesurfing we would recommend keeping it thin 1-3mm for better board feel and control.

    O'Neill Heat Ninja St Boot 3MM $32.95

    O'Neill Heat Sock 2MM (Pair) $29.95

    Gloves: Gloves are another accessory we recommend for cold water wakesurfing. If you are sensitive to the cold or just want to spend a lot of time in the water neoprene gloves from O'Neill will help you stay warm and have fun.

    O'Neill DL Psycho Gloves 1.5MM $46.95

    O'Neill DL Psycho Gloves 3MM $49.95

    Hoods: You can lose up to 40% of your heat through your head so a Neo hood or hat is necessary in cold water conditions. Save yourself from the dreaded ice cream headache with a nice O'Neill Hood.

    O'Neill 3MM Coldwater Hood $46.95

    What if my wetsuit doesn't fit?

    Everyone's built differently, so there are some occurrences where we have customers buy a wetsuit and it doesn't fit. Don't fret! Our easy return system will allow you to quickly process your return and get set up with the right size wetsuit. Here is the link to our Returns & Exchanges page.

  • The Best Wakesurfing Web Videos of 2013

    Advancements in the boating industry helped make 2013 the best year ever for wakesurfing. New technology like the Nautique Surf System (NSS), Supra Boats Swell Surf System, and Malibu Surf Gate helped push the sport to new levels. As we look back on the year, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of our favorite wakesurfing edits from 2013. We hope you enjoy and feel free to let us know about any edits that we missed in the comments section below.

    Land Locked with Chase Hazen

    Chase makes everything look easy on his 2014 Chase Sixer Wakesurf Board from Liquid Force. Filmed and edited by Patrick Wieland, this edit won the Tige MyWake Global Challenge in August for the Men's Pro Wakesurfing Division. Does your Tige Z3 put out a wake like this? If not, our ballast upgrade section can help you get that pro level wake quickly and easily.

    Land Locked featuring Chase Hazen from Patrick Wieland on Vimeo.

    Dominic Lagace Shred at Phucket Wakepark

    Dominic Lagace is another Liquid Force team rider that appears to be getting the most out of his Tige. If you enjoy world-class skim surfing and a breathtaking backdrop you're going to be a fan of this video. Lagace is riding his Liquid Force Doum Skim which is built for speed and massive airs.

    Dominic Lagace Shred at Phuket wakepark from [spot] on Vimeo.

    Wakesurfing in Mammoth Lakes with Tommy Czechin and Mike Morrissey

    After Tommy finishes up his half pipe shredding for the year he likes to hit the waterways at Mammoth Lakes with his Nautique 210 and TC Custom Skim Board.

     

    Phase 5 Media Shoot '13

    What happens when you take some of the worlds best wakesurfer's and give them 3 premium wakesurf boats and a private lake? The Phase 5 2013 Media Shoot. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this awesome edit from CB Filmz.
     

    Phase 5 Media Shoot '13: Part 3 - Phase 5 Wakesurfers from CB Filmz on Vimeo.

  • O'Neill Drysuit Buying Guide

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    Drysuit’s are a must have for those of us that don’t live in climates that stay warm year around. These suits are designed to keep you warm and comfortable in cool water conditions. They are especially great because you can extend your season way beyond what you ever thought.

    WakeMAKERS.com carries two different drysuit styles from O’Neill. The O'Neill Boost Drysuit is a full membrane drysuit that keeps your body completely dry. The second drysuit is the O’Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit. It features a membrane top and a neoprene bottom, so you can layer your upper body but your legs are only covered with a 3MM neoprene.

    We get emails and customers all year long about which drysuit is the best option for their riding style and water temperatures. So we decided to put this guide together to help people figure out what drysuit will be the best option for them.

    First, let’s go into more detail about each drysuit.

    O'Neill Boost Drysuit

    The O’Neill Boost Drysuit is a full baggy membrane drysuit so you stay completely dry except for your feet, hands, and head. I’ve gotten out of my car in 50 degree water and put on the Boost and taken a few wakesurf sets without changing out of my jeans and sweatshirt. Once I finished I unzippped the drysuit and hung out on the boat… completely dry! This is a huge selling point for a lot of our customers. If you are sensitive to the cold or just want to be able to extend your season the O’Neill Boost is simply the best cold water option there is.

    Key Features for the O'Neill Boost Drysuit

    -Fully integrated suspenders allow you to easily adjust the "hang" of the drysuit

    -Horizontal dry zipper

    -Neoprene neck which is much more comfortable than traditional rubber seals

    -Completely dry

    O'Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit

    The O’Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit is a membrane and neoprene suit hence the hybrid name. This suit doesn’t keep you quite as warm as the Boost but it does have some other noticeable benefits. First off, the Assault has a bit less drag because it’s not a full baggy suit. For this reason the Assault Hybrid is very popular with competitive waterskiers and wakeboarders. If you are riding in 55+ degree water temperatures year round the Assault might be a better option.

    Key Features for the O'Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit

    -Removable ankle cinches provide the option for a range of users in the same size suit

    -Wetsuit constructed lower body cuts down on drag and eliminated excess material

    -Baggy upper allows for layering

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    Both the Assault and the Boost come with a Limited 1-Year Warranty on all defects. If for some reason you have an issue with your drysuit O'Neill will repair or replace it free of charge.

    Drysuit Accessories

    Keeping your core warm is essential to having a fun time out on the water, but a lot of times people overlook the importance of keep your extremities warm and comfortable as well. We carry a large selection of O'Neill Hoods, Gloves, and Booties that are designed to keep the rest of your body warm during your cold-water excursions.

    O'Neill Heat Ninja ST Boot 3MM $32.95

    O'Neill DL Psycho Glove 1.5MM $46.95

    O'Neill 3MM Coldwater Hood $46.95

    If you have any additional questions about the O'Neill Boost or Assault Drysuits feel free to give one of our friendly experts a call at (888) 338-6085 or send us an email at sales@wakemakers.com.

  • Buyer's Guide: O'Neill Boost Drysuit

    O'Neill Boost Drysuit Buyer's Guide

    WakeMAKERS.com is based in the Northwest, so we know what it's like to head out on your boat while there's still snow on the ground. The weapon of choice in our cold-water arsenal is the O'Neill Boost Drysuit.

    The O'Neill Boost Drysuit protects you from the elements and it can help you extend your season indefinitely. There are two different drysuit options available from O'Neill (the Assault Hybrid and the Boost) but the Boost is the best option for cold water/air riding.

    O'Neill Boost Drysuit- The O'Neill Boost is hands down the best-selling wakeboard and waterski drysuit on the market right now. There are two main reasons why the Boost is the drysuit of choice for s many riders. The first reason is that you stay completely dry; you can layer up with your favorite sweatshirt and sweatpants and ride for hours without getting wet. The second reason is that you have amazing dexterity and freedom of movement. The Boost's baggy membrane layer is made with a 3-stretch ripstop nylon for added durability.

    Riding Style: Our customers use the Boost for a wide variety of different water sports, including water skiing, wake boarding, and wake surfing. The versatility of the Boost makes it a great option for any sort of cool water activity. We've even had customers use it in their pool.

    The O'Neill Boost Drysuit is also a great option if you're interested in sharing your drysuit with someone else. The Boost's full baggy body and built in suspenders give you the option to let other riders of a similar size share the drysuit with you.

    O'Neill Drysuit Size Chart: The O'Neill Boost comes with fully integrated suspenders that allow you to quickly and easily adjust the fit and hang of the drysuit.

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    The O'Neill Boost Drysuit also features one of the best warranties in the watersports accessory category. The Limited 1-Year Warranty covers all defects. If you have any issues with your drysuit within the first 365 days they will repair or replace it free of charge.

    O'Neill Drysuit Accessories

    The O'Neill Boost will keep the main core of your body warm and dry, but you will also want to look at purchasing booties, gloves and possibly a hood.

    If you are wakesurfing or wakeboarding in cold water Neoprene Socks are a must have for temperatures below 55F. We recommend the O'Neill Heat Socks  for wakeboarding and the O'Neill Heat Ninja ST Boots for wakesurfing.

    If you have any additional questions, please feel free to talk with one of our experts at (888) 338-6085 or email us at sales@wakemakers.com.

  • Choosing The Right Wakesurf Board

    How to Choose A Wakesurf Board

    Wakesurfing is the newest boardsport to hit the waterways, but it’s quickly becoming the most popular watersport because of the amazing feeling that comes from being pushed by the wave left behind by your boat.

    The sensation of being propelled by a wave is no longer relegated to people that live in coastal areas. Wakesurfing has opened up the this amazing sport to anyone with access to a boat and some water. If you've never experienced the joy of riding an endless wave behind a boat, now is the time to start.

    Board Length

    Most boards range from 4' to 6' in length. There are benefits to both big wakesurf boards and small wakesurf boards and we will do our best to explain which one will work best for you.

    Big Wakesurf Boards 5' and up: Bigger wakesurf boards have more surface area, more float, and generate speed more easily. This makes them a great option for bigger riders and riders who are riding behind a smaller wake. The increased float also makes them a good option for beginners.

    Ronix Koal Thruster Wakesurf Board in 5'1 and 5'7- From beginners to advanced riders, everyone can have fun on this playful and buoyant shape. Multiple fin adjustments give you the option to ride it with 3 fins for a tighter feel or a single fin for a looser and more playful ride.

    Liquid Force Happy Pill in 4'4 and 4'8- The Liquid Force Happy Pill is a shorter shaped board with a ton of surface area, so it rides like a longboard.

    Small Wakesurf Boards 5' and under: Smaller wakesurf boards are great for advanced riders and lightweight riders. These smaller boards are easier to maneuver and air out of the wave, making them the board of choice for most advanced riders. These boards don't offer as much surface area as bigger boards, so they usually require a larger wave with more push.

    Ronix Koal Power Tail Wakesurf Board in 4'5 and 4'11- The Koal Power Tail is one of the most fun boards we've ever ridden. This board delivers the speed and agility of a small board with the push of a larger wakesurfer due to the increased size of the tail.

    Liquid Force Chase Sixer Wakesurf Board in 4'4 and 4'8- Re-designed for 2015, the new Chase Sixer is faster and it offers a ton of different fin configurations. Ridden and designed by World Champion Wakesurfer Chase Hazen, the 2015 Sixer can handle anything you throw it's way.

    Skim, Surf, Or Hybrid Shape?

    Most wakesurf boards come in one of three different shapes: Skim, Surf, and Hybrid.

    Skim Style boards are thinner and less buoyant. They are generally better for doing spins (180's & 360's) because they feature shorter fins and less overall resistance. We recommend skim style wakesurfers for more advanced riders because they offer less floatation and control. The Phase 5 Matrix and the Slingshot Skim Bender are both good examples of  skim style wakesurf boards.

    Skim Wakesurf Board Shape

    Surf Style boards are similar to their ocean counterpart. They are thicker, more buoyant and they feature longer fins for a more controlled feel on the wake. We recommend surf style boards for beginners because they are easier to learn on. The Ronix Koal Thruster is a good example of a surf style wakesurf board.

    Wakesurf Board Shape

    Hybrid Style boards are a blend between the two most popular shapes: surf and skim. The goal of the hybrid shape is to offer the playfulness of a skim style board with the feel and board responsiveness that only a surf style board can give. The Ronix Carbon Surf Skimmer is a good example of a hybrid style board.

    Hybrid Wakesurf Shape

    Construction Styles

    Compression Molded wakesurf boards are made using the same construction as a wakeboard. This makes them a great option for beginners because they are more durable than surf constructed boards. Compression molded boards tend to be heavier and less responsive that surf constructed wakesurf boards so they are generally regarded as a beginner board.

    Epoxy Fiberglass/Surfboard Construction boards are made from a foam core and covered in a layered glass. This makes the boards lightweight, but they are also much more fragile than compression molded wakesurf boards. The speed and performance of these boards makes them a favorite for more advanced riders.

    Hybrid Foam construction is when a manufacturer uses a blend of construction styles. The Ronix Mellow Thrasher is a good example of this because it features a soft foam top and compression molded construction. These boards are great for beginners and kids because it offers them a forgiving platform to learn on. The performance is more sluggish than compression molded and surf constructed boards because the foam top dampens the reaction between your feet and the board.

    Wakesurf Board Construction Types

    Rocker Lines 

    Rocker lines play a big role in how a wakesurf board rides behind the boat. In general, boards with less rocker ride smoother and faster on the water and boards with more rocker are slower and a bit slower but they work better for steeper waves.

    Rails

    Just like a wakeboard, the rail on a wakesurf board gives you the "bite" or forgiveness you need. Boards with a thin rail offer more grab and response behind the boat and boards with a thicker rail are typically slower to respond to your body movement.

    Ropes & Handles

    Often overlooked but definitely a must-have for safety reasons, wakesurf specific rope and handles feature prevent injury from catching the rope with your arms, legs or even neck. These ropes are around 25 feet in total length and there are a few different design options. Shop for Wakesurf Ropes and Handles>>

    Boat Speed

    Finding the right speed for wakesurfing is essential to creating a good wake that has enough push for riders to drop the rope. Most boats perform best for wakesurfing when driven at 9-12mph. You will want to play around with your speed until you find the optimal speed. Finding the right speed for your boat is a huge part of building a great wake. If you are driving too slow the wake will appear "washy" and not have enough push, and if you are driving too fast the wake will flatten out.

    Weighting Your V-Drive Boat for Wakesurfing

    Want to surf without the rope? Of course you do. Click here for our guide on "Weighting Your V-Drive Boat For Wakesurfing".

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    Wakesurfing Safety

    The first rule of wakesurfing is to never surf behind an outboard or inboard/outboard (I/O) boat. To safely and properly wakesurf you will need an inboard boat. Inboard boats have the propeller tucked under the boat and in front of the rudder. Surfing behind an outboard or I/O boat can cause serious injury or even death.

    Previously mentioned above the second rule of wakesurfing is to always use a surf specific handle. Wakesurf specific handles and ropes are smaller than wakeboard and waterski handles so they help to prevent a rider from getting their head or other body parts caught in the handle opening.

    Another thing to be aware of is Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. It's a common concern while boating, so you need to be aware of the risks and symptoms associated with CO poisoning. If you feel dizzy or light-headed at all while surfing or boarding we highly recommend taking a break.

     Need more information on weighing your boat for wake surfing? Send us an email at sales@wakemakers.com or (888) 338-6085

  • Wakeboard Vest & PFD Buyer's Guide

    Wakeboard Vest Buyer's Guide and Sizing Chart

    Choosing the right wakeboarding vest, life jacket, or PFD (personal floatation device) is an important part of the boating lifestyle. You don't want to sacrifice on comfort and safety which is why we carry only the highest quality vests from O'Neill, Ronix, and Liquid Force. Do you know the saying " Look good, feel good, play good" the same thing applies to wakeboarding vests. You want something that looks good, feels comfortable when you have it on, and performs well when you need it (keeps your head above the water). If you have any questions about sizing, materials, or anything else feel free to get in touch with someone from our expert staff at (888) 338-6085 or sales@wakemakers.com.

    What Type Of Wake Vest Should I Buy?

    There are two basic types of wakeboarding vests on the market right now.

    USCG Approved: USCG (United States Coast Guard) approved vests are the more popular option of the two because many states require them. These type of vests are typically more bulky than comp vests but they offer riders better float and they can be used in any state. Federal regulations also require that there's a USCG approved vest on board for everyone on your boat. For example, if you have 8 people on your boat you will need 8 USCG approved vests that are in good working order.

    O'Neill Reactor 3 USCG Vest

    O'Neill Women's Reactor 3 USCG Vest

    Competition Wakeboard Vest: Competition or Comp style wakeboard vests are not USCG approved but they can be used in some states. The Comp vest is lightweight and less restrictive than a USCG vest, but they don't offer as much float. Because the Comp vest isn't considered a approved life vest you can't operate a PWC (personal water craft) with one of these.

    O'Neill Slasher Wakeboard Comp Vest

    Ronix Coral Women's Reversible Wakeboard Comp Vest

    Ronix Parks Reversible Wakeboard Comp Vest

    What Size Do I Need?

    One of the most overlooked parts of buying a wakeboard vest is the sizing. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen someone trying to start wakeboarding or wakesurfing with a life jacket up around their ears. This is not only uncomfortable, but it can also be dangerous. You can make sure you get the right vest size by measuring around the widest part of your chest. Men's and Women's vest feature different cuts and construction so we don't recommend sharing.

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    Wakeboard Vest Materials:

    Neoprene: Neoprene vests are lightweight and flexible. The material is softer, more breathable, and form fitting than nylon. *Most of our higher-end vest are made from neoprene.

    Nylon: Nylon vests are cheaper and less flexible.

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