Tuesday, August 05, 2008

I'm Sorry


SW WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FOOT. NW SWELL 4 FT AT 7 SECONDS. AREAS OF DENSE FOG ESPECIALLY NEAR SHORE.
I apologize for posting this image of Alex Knost's ass crack...
I really do.
But there's a reason...
If you recall I posted recently about looking for a new wetsuit...
So, I have been looking...
And trying a few on here and there...
But it's sweaty business...
And there's a big difference between getting in a wetsuit and paddling out...
And getting into a wetsuit in a dressing room only to get out again.
I tried on a Matuse recently...
And as much as I admire the premise...
Limestone, skintight, waterlocks, etc...
The lack of hood...
The struggle to get feet and hands through the openings...
The twisted farmerjohn inner suit...
And the fact that these suits really only look appropriate on someone with Alex Knost's build...
Pretty much eliminated the possibility of my owning one.
So when I walked in and looked at essentially the same Hotline wetsuit I have been in since 1999...
That's right, 1999...
I considered trying to stretch it to a full 10 years just to see...
Because, honestly, the suit is still fine...
Aside from the fact it is gray...
The zipper pull broke (not the zipper)...
And the left leg sometimes holds water...
Other than that it is still fully operational.
When I put it on...
It looked the same...
Felt the same...
Was the same...
Then I accidentally ripped off the tag getting it off...
So I bought it...
Alex Knost can have the Matuse's.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hoodless suit in Oregon?There was just an article in the LA times that found the limestone neoprene to have a greater environmental impact than the standard.

Chum said...

Here's one way to get those tight wetsuits to slide on easier:

Get your friend, who has legs like a fullback, to accidentally mistake your wetsuit for his after a night of heavy drinking. Believe me, no matter what Xcel says about stretch in their ads, their drylock cuffs can be loosened a bit with a little inspiration and perspiration...

No, he didn't actually get my size small wetsuit all the way on before realizing it wasn't his. Just the legs.

ridgeback said...

that picture is bugging me more than it probably should.

Foulweather... said...

Making your existing suits last is the best way to lower your eco-impact. Good for you.

Gaz said...

Geoprene, the newest word on the green buzz-line. You see you mix limestone and neoprene and you get......... oh never mind!

rj said...

You break it, you buy it. Makes my retail heart sing to know people like you still exist Doc.

Anonymous said...

That picture is just disturbing. So un surfinoregon unless your from Portland and dont surf in Oregon. Please no more.

turtle said...

I had a back zip suit blow out in a cold rainy sess. well after thanksgiving about 6 yrs. back. It filled up with water and nearly did me in before I made it to shore. I will never own a suit w/ a zipper again.

Question, How many go outs do you take to break in a new wettie before you piss all over the thing? I got a new Hotline in Febuary, made it out six times before I let my bladder go and have been pissing in it ever since. I know I know I'm a dirtbag....w/ a very small bladder

Tim said...

anonymous wuss!!! Nice blog about no P town surfers when talking bout wetsuits..don't hate when i spray you in the face..RESPECT THE LINEUP..SHUTUP AND SURF!!

Chum said...

Doc,

Seriously. No more pics of artists, rebels, Californians or skinny people. Please, that's so un-Oregon.

patrick said...

Maybe my next suit should be a hotline...or a Matuse. It appears to be a win win either way.

Anonymous said...

Just say no to crack.

Anonymous said...

shouldn't a true Oregonian be making his own wetsuit out of old inner tubes?

Gaz said...

You're killing me Doc!

Anonymous said...

lol love the comment about the old inner tubes.

Doc said...

What's an "inner tube"?

I've been tubeless for so long now.

Anonymous said...

the girly hearts, neons, and tight pants wearing young men need to go. whatever happened to good old pair of levis and a normal (as in not huge stretched vneck collared pastel) t shirt. let's man up fellas.