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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Back Zip vs Chest Zip: Poll Results

Last month we asked our Facebook Fans, Newsletter Subscribers, and people visiting our Blog a question:

Which zipper type do you prefer in a wetsuit, Back Zip or Chest Zip?

Back Zip vs Chest Zip Poll/SurveyNot surprisingly the amount of people preferring Chest Zip Wetsuits was more than double the people who preferred Back Zips.

Check out #7 in our Misconceptions About Wetsuits article for more on the Back Zip vs Chest Zip debate.

Why do you like the zipper type you like?  Let us know in the comments section below.

Flash Bomb Wins SIMA Award 2 Years Straight


Rip Curl Flash Bomb - SIMA Award Winner 2 Years StraightThe Rip Curl Flash Bomb Wetsuit has done it again.  Winning the SIMA Wetsuit of the Year Award for the 2nd year consecutively.  Here’s the press release from Rip Curl, followed by a trailer video for the SIMA Awards that were held a few days ago.

Costa Mesa, CA (February 9, 2013): The Best Just Got Better. Rip Curl’s extremely honored and humbled to win the 2012 SIMA Image Awards’ “Wetsuit of the Year” for the FLASH BOMB for the second consecutive year. The awards took place this past February 7 at The Grove Theater in Anaheim, California.

The award, which aims to recognize the wetsuit that “featured the most exciting design, appeal, or innovation”, was a true credit to the Rip Curl wetsuit department who took the success of the award-winning Flash Bomb and worked diligently to improve it.

Boasting Flash Lining, which wicks water from the interior of the suit within seconds of being exposed to the air, the FLASH BOMB is dry to the touch in roughly 15 minutes after surfing when hung up; hence, “World’s Fastest Drying Wetsuit”.

Rip Curl would like to thank and recognize all the valued specialty retail partners nationally who have contributed to the success of the FLASH BOMB, as well as our world-class roster of athletes who have played a major role in the development process.

Best Selling Wetsuits of 2012

Best Selling Wetsuits of 2012

Another year has passed and the numbers are in.  Curious what wetsuits were most popular in 2012?  We’ve ran the numbers, and broke them down by wetsuit thickness.  Don’t be upset if your favorite wetsuit didn’t make it.  Some wetsuits that came in late 2012 may not be on the list simply because they didn’t get enough time to sell.

We did run the list for all wetsuits combined and of course the 3/2 wetsuits where there are more surfers and therefore higher demand outsold the 4/3 wetsuits, and the 5mm and 6mm wetsuits came in last, simply because there are less surfers braving the cold waters of the north that need such a thick suit.

Top Selling 3/2 Wetsuits of 2012

  1. Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  3. Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  4. O’Neill Epic II 3/2 CT Wetsuit
  5. Quiksilver Cypher 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  6. Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 3/2 Back Zip Flatlock Wetsuit
  7. O’Neill Psycho III 3/2 Wetsuit
  8. O’neill Psycho RG8 3/2 Wetsuit
  9. Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit
  10. Billabong SG5 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit

Top Selling 4/3 Wetsuits or 2012

  1. Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. Patagonia Wetsuit – R3 Chest-Zip Full Suit
  3. Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  4. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  5. O’neill Mutant 4/3 Hooded Wetsuit
  6. O’Neill Epic II 4/3 CT Wetsuit
  7. Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
  8. O’Neill SuperFreak 4/3 Wetsuit
  9. O’neill Heat 3Q Zip FSW 4/3 Wetsuit
  10. O’neill Psycho RG8 4/3 Wetsuit
  11. Billabong Foil 4/3 GBS Back Zip Wetsuit

Top Selling 5mm and up Wetsuits of 2012

  1. Patagonia R4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. O’neill Mutant 5/4 w Hood Wetsuit
  3. Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
  4. Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit w/Hood
  5. Billabong Women’s Synergy 5/4/3 with Hood
  6. Rip Curl E-Bomb 5.5/4.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
  7. O’neill Psycho RG8 5.5/4 Hooded Wetsuit
  8. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  9. O’neill Women’s D-Lux Mod 5/4 W/Hood Wetsuit
  10. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 6/5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  11. O’neill Heat Hooded 6/5/4 Wetsuit

 Honorable Mentions: Wetsuits that had a late start in 2012 and didn’t get a chance to make the list, and suits that just didn’t get the attention we think they deserved.

What do you think?  Did a wetsuit not make the list that you think should have?

Tell us your thoughts using the comments section below.