2012 Clean Water Classic Surf Contest
It’s that time of year again for the Clean Water Classic up in Westport, WA. This weekend there will not only be surfing, but also live music, movie showings, a vendor village, silent auction, and raffle. This is an awesome event and is also a fundraiser for the Pacific Northwests Chapters of the Surfrider Foundation which works to keep our beaches and water clean and safe. It’s going to be a great weekend, so grab your friends/family and head to Wesport!
Check out the full event details over at www.cleanlinewaterclassic.com
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This review is for the 2012 Patagonia R4. There is now a 2013 R4 Wetsuit Review if you’re interested.
Snow on the rooftops – No Problem
I have been surfing in the Northwest(Oregon, Washington, and Canada) for over 40 years now, and have spent all those years trying to stay warm and get my suit dry for the evening session. Heating up river rocks by the fire to put under my wetsuit cuffs etc, etc, etc… Wool socks and glove liners underneath my boots and gloves, etc, etc, etc… I could go on etc..! My whole adult life has been spent trying to stay warm in the very coldest conditions the Arctic can throw at the Northwest. Well….The Patagonia R4 has finally solved this problem. This is by far the warmest wetsuit ever built on planet earth.
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- It doesn't matter if there is snow on the mountains and the neighboring rooftops. The Patagonia R4 wetsuit knows no cold it cannot conquer.
The picture here is one I took after surfing by myself(too cold for sane people) in 22 degrees Fahrenheit with strong offshore winds. Water temp about 46 deg. This was an arctic front in February and the dry sand was frozen solid! We’re talking about serious conditions. I was laughing because I felt like I had tricked the world. For me, my most important tool is my wetsuit, and the R4 is it. Nothing compares for warmth! And that’s not all! This suit drys in about 1/3 the time of most wetsuits and because of the limestone neoprene it is much much more windproof. It’s also extremely durable(like all Patagonia products!) This suit will be hard to improve on.
Josh Gizdavich - Owner: Cleanline Surf
“Celebrate clean seas with Oregonians from all over the state by cleaning up our beaches Saturday March 31st. To participate, meet at a registration site near your favorite beach click here to register, where volunteer Beach Captains will be stationed with free bags, gloves, and safety information.”
Join Cleanline Employees, and members of our local community to keep our beaches clean!
The Greenest Wetsuit?
Patagonia’s new R1 wetsuit came in yesterday, and we’re liking what we see. The new 2mm thickness fills the gap in the Patagonia wetsuit line providing coverage from 65 to 75° Fahrenheit. That means all you surfers down in Southern California, Florida, and the South Eastern states who thought the R2 was a bit to warm, look no further! Being a 2mm suit, it’s light weight, flexible, and with a back zip entry it’s a quick and easy on and off suit.
So whats with the Green? Well, it’s REALLY green. Not just the color, but also the materials. Made out of recycled polyester and nylon the green goodness is environmentally friendly, adds warmth, and is soft/smooth to the touch. Patagonia is using this suit to point out that it is in fact NOT made out of bamboo, and that bamboo is not as environmentally friendly as we may have thought. They also mention that their suit is not completely green, but they are working on it, and we’re stoked on that. Check out the full story on that at their Blog.
Anyways, back to the suit. The insulating green stuff is a little thinner than the merino wool used on the thicker suits, so I would put this suit(fullsuit) up there in warmth with your average 3/2 wetsuit, while the R2 is a bit warmer than most 3/2′s. Coming in at under $400 for the full suit, and under $200 for the spring suit, backed by Patagonia’s killer warranty service, the R1 is a top of the line warm water wetsuit that is well worth the price.
Give us a call, or leave a comment if you have any questions or want to share your thoughts about the new suits. This post will be updated as we get to know the suit better so stay tuned!
P.S. You can buy Patagonia R1 Wetsuits Online HERE.