About Matt Gabriel

Matt is our chief blogger here at Cleanline Surf. He has an extensive knowledge of wetsuits, surfboards, and other surf gear and rides the products he writes about. When he isn't blogging he's answering your questions on the phone, packing up your brand new suit, or out in the water testing new gear.
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The 7 Best Women’s Cold Water Wetsuits for 2014

Looking for a solid women’s wetsuit that will keep you warm on the coldest winter days? We’ve rounded up the 7 Best Women’s Wetsuits for 2014, giving you the run down on the ins and outs of these cold water suits. Over the years women’s wetsuits have come a long way, and now nearly every brand out there offers a wide variety of hooded, and non-hooded options. If you are looking for a new wetsuit to take your mind off the cold and elevate your surfing to the next level this short list will no doubt point you in the right direction.

Roxy Cypher 5/4/3 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit

Roxy Womens Cypher 5/4/3 Wetsuit

Women’s Cypher Wetsuit

Style, Flexibility, and Warmth

The Roxy Cypher 5/4/3 Wetsuit features a chest zip entry to reduce water entering the suit as well as an external Hydrolock Seam Seal which fully seals and strengthens the seams. Too add to the warmth factor the Cypher is lined with a Bio Fleece Thermal layer that adds extra insulation. Top this off with the Fiberlite Neoprene and you’ve got a really great women’s wetsuit. For the fashion sensible this is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing suits we carry. You can tell Roxy went the extra mile with the design on this one. Coming in a tad bit under the $350 range, this suit has both value and style.

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Best Selling Wetsuits of 2013

Best Selling Wetsuits 2013

This year we’ve seen some great wetsuits, and some innovative changes from the major manufactures that have taken wetsuit technology to the next level. The top wetsuits compared to last years report have shifted a bit, but many of the same suits are still holding strong. When it comes to picking a new suit, there are plenty of ways to go about deciding which wetsuit is the best, but most come with some sort of bias. Here are the numbers, no bias included, ordered from best selling to 10th best selling.

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Cleanline Surf Nominated for 2013 SIMA Awards

Cleanline Surf Nominated for SIMA Award

We are honored to be nominated for this years SIMA Image Awards in the categories, Breakout Retailer, Women’s Retailer, and Men’s Retailer. For those who aren’t familiar with the SIMA(Surf Industry Manufactures Assocciation) Image Awards, they are THE awards association for the surf industry and give out awards for everything from Best Wetsuit to Best Brand to Best Marketing Campaign. We wish all of our customers could help vote for us, but voting is closed to a select few who work in the surf industry. Keeping our fingers crossed!

If you’re interested in the breakdown of categories we’ve been nominated for I have copied them below. I think we have a great chance for “Breakout Retailer of the Year” as we have had a great year thanks to our customers and a lot word of mouth growth. Thanks for that!

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Breakout Retailer of the Year

Recognizing the specialty retailer with 15 U.S. brick and mortar doors or less that experienced success in 2013, between January 1 and September 1. Consider the specialty retailer that had a break out year in terms of sales and increased store recognition and appeal. (Previous winners of this category are no longer eligible for five years.)

Men’s Retailer of the Year

Awarded to the specialty retailer that featured the best selection, product mix and merchandising in the men’s category between January 1 and September 1, 2013.

Women’s Retailer of the Year

Awarded to the specialty retailer that featured the best selection, product mix and merchandising in the women’s category between January 1 and September 1, 2013.

Gifts for Surfers: 20 Awesome and Affordable Gift Ideas

Surfer Gift Guide

There are a lot of toys out there that Surfers are interested in, and a lot of them are out of the price range for your average gift. Surfboards can run over $1000 and wetsuits can run as much as $600. To make it easier to come up with gift ideas we have procured this short list of Awesome and Affordable Gifts for Surfers.

Christmas Shoppers Look No Further. Everything listed in the below guide is available for sale at our online surf shop as well as our two retail locations. Continue reading