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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Organic Penny Skateboards are back in stock!

Organic Penny Skateboards

We just got a big shipment in of the new Organic Penny Skateboards!  Check them out over at our website where they are for sale at a great price.  We are still waiting on the Grey/White/Green, but we currently have a healthy stock of the following Organic Penny Boards!  These are the super fun rip-able little boards for cruising the streets or bombing hills.  Best of all they are environmentally friendly due to the biodegradable decks.  Bury the deck in the ground when your done with it, and it will turn to dirt over time.


5 Surfing Wetsuits Under $200

Everyone knows that if you want to be out surfing for an extended period of time, staying warm comes at a price, and for some that price can seem rather high.  With the cost of surf gear going up yearly it doesn’t hurt to shop around.  This list will help with that we hope.

Looking for a cheap wetsuit that isn’t cheaply made?  We have some good news for you.  These days with wetsuit technology being better than ever, you can actually stay warm, comfortable, and flexible in a brand new fullsuit for under $200!  That being said, there are two 4/3mm wetsuits included in this list.  This is because some people(people more tolerant to cold temperatures) prefer a 4mm suit over a 5mm because of the added flexibility.  Others may find that these 4/3’s are adequate suits for summer time when the sun is shinning and the air temperature is warm, but during the cold winter months when it’s windy, rainy, and overcast they may not cut the mustard.

NOTE: This buyers guide is written with the Pacific Northwest in mind, however it translates to anywhere with water temperatures ranging from 50°F to 60°F.

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 5/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Wetsuit

Cleanline’s Top Pick

Price: $179.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: WSUXFM
Thickness: 5/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Not Included
Seams: GBS

This year, for the first time Rip Curl has released their entry level Dawn Patrol Wetsuit in a 5/3mm back zip fullsuit.  What makes this suit so exciting is the amount of 5mm neoprene in the suit.  Unlike many suits the 5mm neoprene extends throughout the entire leg section where flexibility is not as important, along with on the chest panel.  In the arms is where the 3mm neoprene comes in, making the suit as flexible as possible with the E3 Neoprene.  Being a Rip Curl wetsuit the neoprene is also cut a bit thicker than other 5mm suits making it that much warmer.  To top it all off the 5/3mm Dawn Patrol comes with Flash Dry Lining in the chest panel, adding warmth, and allowing the suit to dry that much faster.  Being made to the quality standards of Rip Curl, and the fact that this suit is backed by their excellent warranty makes this suit or top pick for cold water wetsuits under $200.

Also Available: Women’s Dawn Patrol 5/3 Wetsuit

Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3

Price: $174.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: SA509MG
Thickness: 5/4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Not Included
Seams: GBS

The Quiksilver Syncro Wetsuit has been upgraded this year with Hyperstretch 3.0 Neoprene which is extremely light and flexible.  This Glued and Blind Stitched wetsuit also features critically taped seams at the cuff, and ankle of the wetsuit for extra durability.  Not only is this suit visually appealing, but it is a solid choice for a winter or summer wetsuit in colder water climates.

Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit

Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit w/Hood

Billabong Foil 5/4/3

Price: $189.50
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: MWFUVFB5
Thickness: 5/4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Detachable
Seams: GBS

The Billabong Foil Wetsuit is the only wetsuit in this list that comes with a detachable hood, adding that extra degree of range for cold water, and preventing the dreaded ice cream headache. Glued and Blind Stitched seams make this a durable, warm wetsuit for winter or summer in cold water climates.


Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 4/3 Wetsuit

Dawn Patrol 4/3 Wetsuit

Price: $164.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: WSUXEM
Thickness: 4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: None
Seams: GBS

The Dawn Patrol 4/3 wetsuit is a great summer suit if you are in colder waters, however it can easily work as a year round wetsuit if your water temperatures are in the higher 50’s through the year. This year’s Dawn Patrol Wetsuit is by far the best to date, see the full review of the 5mm suit above, or click the link above the picture for a full list of features.

O’Neill Epic II 4/3 CT Wetsuit

O'Neill Epic 2 4/3 Wetsuit

O’Neill Epic 2 4/3 Wetsuit

Price: $164.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: 3361
Thickness: 4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Not Included
Seams: GBS

The O’Neill Epic 4/3 Wetsuit sits right up there with the Dawn Patrol 4/3 and is an excellent choice for a summer suit in cold climates or an all year round wetsuit in climates where the water temperature hits lows in the high 50’s.  Glued and Blind Stitched for durability and warmth, and critically taped seams at the ankle and wrists also add longevity to the suits life.

The Epic is Now Available in a 5/4mm thickness for $189.95 – O’Neill 5/4 Epic Wetsuit

Looking for Sale Wetsuits?  Check out our Clearance Wetsuits Page, where last years wetsuits are on sale for up to 50% OFF!

H-Bomb Heated Vests Back In Stock

Rip Curl H-Bomb Heated Vest

Rip Curl just shipped us a new batch of H-Bomb Heated Vests.  Great for use by itself, or under a wetsuit to add that much extra cold water range.  If you are braving the arctic waters of the north, slip this under a 5mm wetsuit and you will be well above the warmth of your typical 6mm suit.  Being only .5mm it can easily fit comfortably under a fullsuit, or when worn alone it is light weight and flexible.  According to the image above the heating element in the H-Bomb Vest covers much more of your body than leading competitors products.  Coming in at $300 the price of comfort and long lasting sessions in the surf doesn’t seem so high, and backed by Rip Curl’s excellent warranty I would say this is an excellent choice for adding diversity to your wetsuit setup.