Best Women’s Surf Wetsuits

Best Women’s Surf Wetsuits


Wetsuit Q & A
Women’s Wetsuit Size Chart
O’Neill Women’s Wetsuits
Roxy Women’s Wetsuits
Rip Curl Women’s Wetsuits
Billabong Women’s Wetsuits
Pinnacle Women’s Wetsuits

Best Women’s Surfing Wetsuits available today.

Choosing the right type and thickness wetsuit can be a task that requires some research before jumping in and getting it straight out the shelf.

The good news is – that there are plenty of excellent quality wetsuits available at a somewhat reasonable price!

Not to forget, they are super flexible and therefore skin-friendly as well. Women’s surf wetsuits have a wide array of color schemes and types to choose from.

I hope you find that guide useful when choosing your next wetsuit. Also, don’t forget to take care of the suit to maximize its lifespan.



Interested in SCUBA & FREEDIVING? Check out the SLOActive‘s female-focused post where there’s a load of specific FAQs!

Women Wetsuits Q and A

Q: How to choose a wetsuit?

1. Determine the right thickness – In which seasons will you be using it?
2. Which wetsuit type – Full suit, springer or just the top?
3. Choose the right wetsuit size
3. Choose the brand
4. Choose the model

Q: What is the difference between surfing, diving, and triathlon wetsuits? 

A: Technology, thickness, and design


  • Triathlon wetsuits are generally thinner than surfing and diving wetsuits. Triathlon wetsuits are intended for maximum mobility and are not as warm. Also, triathlon wetsuits have a very slick garment on the outer side for the least resistance in the water when swimming.
  • Diving wetsuits might limit the movement due to different stitching technology. As diving wetsuit is intended to be submerged all the time, they also have better insulation and therefore poor breathing capabilities.
  • Surfing Wetsuits are a mixture in the middle between the diving and triathlon wetsuit. As the surfer is half-submerged and moving is not as intense as on triathlon competitions, but still more flexible than the diving wetsuit. So, a surfing wetsuit is a mixture that has complete flexibility and warmth.



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  • Triathlon wetsuits are deisnged for maximum movement and lack the thermal insulation. Therefore, triathlon wetsuits can’t be too thick to let the body overheat. Triathlon wetsuit technology is based on the factor where  the body generates the primary warmth. Average triathlon wetsuit thickness ranges around 1-3 mm. So, are triathlon wetsuits good for surfing? Not really, although they are very stretchy, they lack the insluation for sitting in the water hour hours.
  • Diving wetsuits are intended to be used submerged with minimal movement, therefore are very thick. Divers mainly use their legs to move so it can get rather ed when surfing. Diving wetsuit thickness range from 1.5mm up to 10 mm.
  • Surfing wetsuit thicknesses range from 0.5mm shorties up to 7mm hooded suits. Generally, springsuits range from 2mm to 3/2mm and steamers 4/3mm to 5/3mm

Q: Does wetsuit keep you warm?

A: Properly chosen wetsuit that has the right thickness for the weather and snug fit will keep you warm.

Q: What is the difference between the surf wetsuit companies

A: There are minor differences between the excellent quality surf brands. The surf wetsuit brands listed in this guide are all one of the most used mass-production and preferred wetsuits.

Q: Basic or brand wetsuit?

A: Basic wetsuits lack the movement capabilities, stitchings and linings that a right surf wetsuit has to have these days.

Great brand wetsuits for surfing are packed with technologies to maximize the outcome in the water. Generally surfers have their own preferances formed after goning through many different brands, models and types. There are under 10 high-quality surf wetsuit brands on the market, and each brand has about 2-5 different models.

Basic supermarket wetsuits are intended for snorkeling on Sundays and generally do not keep the warmth for longer time.

Q: What is the difference between men’s and women’s wetsuits?

A: Sizing and design.

Q: What thickness wetsuit to choose?

ARecommended wetsuit thickness for the season:

  • Summer: 1mm, 2mm
  • Spring: 2mm, 3mm, 3/2
  • Autumn: 3/2, 4/3, 4mm
  • Winter: 4/3, 5/3, 5/4

Q: What do the numbers in the wetsuit thickness mean?

A2mm means that the whole wetsuit is 2mm thick. 5/4 means that the wetsuit core is 5mm thick, while the arms and legs are 4mm. 5/4/3 implies 5mm around the torso area is 5mm thick, 4mm on shoulders and thighs are, arms and lower parts of legs 3mm.

Q: How to pick the right size wetsuit for you?

AHaving the right size wetsuit is as crucial as choosing the right thickness. Check out the wetsuit sizing guide to make the right decision.
NOTE: Make sure you check the right sizing according to each brand out there.

Q: What is the difference between the wetsuits listed down below? 

A: Premium wetsuits dry faster, feel better from having the best material and have the best flexibility. These wetsuits usually cost around 250-500 USD. Great choice for expert surfers.
Mid-range wetsuits are packed with features and made of good materials. Good for intermediate to advanced surfers.
Budget wetsuits are value driven suits for the ones who don’t go in as often, but still need something decent. Budget might not be the right word on this post since all the wetsuits down here are made by premium surf brands!

Q: What are the alternatives for mass production wetsuits?

A: Custom made wetsuits. Seventh Wave, a wetsuit company based in New Zealand, is the perfect example who produces wetsuits according to your body measures. They also use top of the line Yamamoto neoprene and are really into the industry!

Patagonia is known for its different approach towards modern wetsuit. Probably the most advanced wetsuits in the market, There’s a lot every surfer should know about their mission, so definitely worth a check!

Q: Can a female surfer use the male wetsuit?

A: Sure can, as each person has a different body type. The main difference between female and male wetsuits is design and color-schemes. The sizing around the waist and chest differ from the male’s wetsuits as well.

Q: How to take care of the wetsuit so that it would last a long time?

A: You can read more about the proper wetsuit care from here.

Q: How long will a wetsuit last?

A: If taken care of the wetsuit regularly, it can last up to years while maintaining it’s purpose. Wetsuits can be repaired at a proper surf/dive store.


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O’Neill Women’s Wetsuits

O’Neill is Californian surf wear and surfboard brand that started in 1952 by Jack O’Neill. Jack O’Neill is also credited to have invented the modern wetsuit, and he had developed son Pat the surfboard leash.

O’Neill wetsuit MODELS for Women


Psycho One
Psycho Tech
Psycho Tech Hooded



Entry Level

Reactor 2 Shorty
Reactor 2


O’Neill Reactor

Thickness: 2mm, 3/2 full wetsuit
Zip: Back
Type: Women’s Shorty S/S – Short Leg, Short Sleeve
Season: Spring/Summer

Product overview:

The O’Neill Women’s Reactor Shorty/Spring wetsuit is durable, comfortable, toasty, and very affordable. The reactor is somewhat the most basic option of the list. It’s sitting right at the low-mid section of the price and quality list. The Reactor model is prevalent and widely used all around the world.

Features & Technology:

  • Strategic Seamless Paddle Zones
  • Chest/Back: Mesh smooth skin Fluid foam
  • Fully adjustable Super Seal Collar
  • Neck: Smooth Skin Fluid Foam (a dry neck seal)
  • Flatlock Stitched Construction Full Suit, breathable seams
  • Krypto Knee Pad
  • Ykk Back Zip System zipper
  • FluidFlex (TM) Shoulders and sleeves – Super stretchy

O’ Neill Reactor 2

Thickness: 3/2, 2mm Shorty
Zip: Back
Type:  Women’s full wetsuit
Season: Spring/Summer

Product overview:

A good option for an enthusiast, who wants the best bang for the buck. Reactor 2 is an excellent wetsuit with plenty of extras in the design. There are many 2mm wetsuits for women from the Reactor 2 series, so check out more from the link above.

Features & Technology:

  • Seamless paddle zones
  • Flexible design: Utilizes minimal seam placement for comfort and maximum mobility.
  • Wind-resistant smooth skin provides extra insulation and protection against the cold.
  • Flatlock seams
  • Krypto knee pads
  • Super soft neoprene

O’Neill Epic

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, 5/4
Zip: Back
Type: Women’s full wetsuit
Season: Spring/Autumn/Winter

Product overview:

Stretchy & flexy. The reason why it’s called epic is that it has rather good features that are equivalent to more high-end wetsuits while sustaining a reasonable price.

Features & Technology:

  • Ultraflex DS neoprene
  • Ultra-stretch neoprene: Incredibly soft premium material that has a superior feel, flexibility which elevates your performance
  • Zip: Double seal neck closure, LSD (seamless lumbar design) and re-engineered covert blackout zip
  • GBS Seams. Blindstitched & triple glued: Keeps the water out while increased durability
  • FluidFlex firewall panels: Extra insulation & protect against the cold

O’Neill Bahia

Thickness: 3/2, 2/1 shorty
Zip: Back or Straight Chest
Type: Women’s full wetsuit, Long Leg & No Sleeves
Season: Spring/Autumn

Product summary:

The model Bahia claims to be the model for the trendy surfers. Bahia features a traditional back-zip or a straight chest zip on other thickness and types. Chic styling and absolute function are the key differences. Perfect women’s spring suit.

Features & Technology:

  • FluidFlex: Top sleeve/undersleeve, chest/back
  • Mesh smooth skin Fluid foam
  • Krypto knee pads – Ergonomic knee protection
  • Smoothskin fluid foam neck: 30% FluidFlex / 70% Fluid Foam

O’Neill Prem

Thickness: 1mm
Zip: Back
Type: Women’s shorty/long Sleeve rashie
Season: Summer

Product overview:

Great and stylish selection for warm water surf. The long-sleeved Prem will protect your skin from the UV rays, keep away the chest easy and provide some additional warmth. O’Neill makes a wide range of wetsuit tops for women, so make sure to check out more from the amazon’s feed down below.

Features & Technology:

  • Elastane
  • Polyester ultra flex neoprene
  • Double super seal neck
  • Plasma Wrist Seals

ROXY Women’s Wetsuits

roxy logo

Founded in 1969, in Torquay, Australia by Alan Green and John Law. Roxy is the sister company of Quiksilver – which belongs to the big three surfing brands from Australia (Roxy, Billabong, Rip Curl). Roxy is focusing on making sportswear for young women.

Summer models: Satin, POP surf, Syncro
Spring/Autumn models: Syncro, Prologue
Autumn/Winter models: Syncro, Syncro Plus
Technology: GBS, FN Lite

High End

  • POP Surf
  • Performance


  • Syncro
  • Satin


  • Syncro
  • Prologue

Roxy Syncro

Thickness: 1mm, 3/2, 4/3
Zip: Back
Type: Women’sb full wetsuit, also available as a Top only
Season: Spring/Autumn

Product overview:

Roxy is playing it safe by advancing and producing the model Syncro in all thicknesses and types for all the possible occasions. There are also a ton of different color schemes to choose from.

Features & Technology

  • Warm light X thermal lining – Far infrared technology
  • GBS seams: No sew-throughs for water entry
  • GBS Seams: Glued and blindstitched
  • F’N Lite neoprene –  packed with air cells for lightweight warmth
  • 92% nylon, 8% elastane on chest and back panels
  • Thermal Smoothie neoprene: Flexible, wind and water-resistant
  • Ecto-Flex knee pads: Durable, lightweight and flexible to protect you and your board
  • Neck: Hydro wrap adjustable closure
  • Neck Gaskets: Hydrowrap
  • YKK® #10 back zipper
  • Hydroshield water barrier

Rip Curl Women’s Wetsuits

rip curl logo

A successful member of the “big-tree” surf brands from Australia (alongside Quiksilver and Billabong) – founded in Torquay, Australia in 1969. Major surfing sportswear (boardwear) designer, manufacturer, and retailer. Also an athletic sponsor. Its owners still own rip Curl.




Mid range

Dawn Patrol




Dawn Patrol

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3
Type: Women’s Full Wetsuit
Zip: Back
Season: Spring/Autumn

Product overview:

Dawn Patrol is the flagship of Rip Curl wetsuits. I’m sure every intermediate surfer has heard of the Dawn Patrol or at least seen their E4 Flash Lining technology.

Lining & Seams

Glue and Blindstitched with taping in critical stress points to increase durability

  • GBS Seams: Glued and blindstitched
  • SuperStretch 3mm neoprene at the body and 2mm neoprene at arms and legs
  • Back zipper entry with interior back panel for easy entry and a watertight fit
  • E4 Flash Lining fleece at the rear panel for additional insulation and quick dry time
  • Glued and blind-stitched (GBS) seams for an ultra waterproof and insulated construction
  • Lightweight kneepads to protect against knee bruises and board dings
  • Seamless shoulders and underarms for comfortable paddling
  • Hidden key pocket at back zipper
  • E4 Freeflex neoprene
  • Mesh Skin Outer outer
  • Blue Steel Back Zip


Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, 5/3
Type: Women’s Full Wetsuit
Zip: Back
Season: Autumn/Spring

Product Overview:

High end features at an economical price. The Omega is a back-zip traditional wetsuit by Rip Curl, known for its innovative approach.

Features & Technology:

E5 Neoprene
GBS stitchings all over
Ultralite – Body
Hydrologic – Collar
Freeflex – On arms

Billabong Women’s Wetsuits

billabong logo

Australian boardwear brand from the “Big Three.” Founded in 1973 Gold Coast, Australia.

Billabong owns two of the prominent brands: Von Zipper and Element brands. Kustom, XCEL, Palmers Surf, Sector 9, Tigerlily, Honolua Surf Company are the company’s other brands. My personal favorite of the bunch.

Billabong surf wetsuit MODELS for women


Furnace Synergy Carbon

Mid range

Salty Dayz



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Furnace Synergy

Thickness: 3/2
Type: Women’s full wetsuit
Zip: Chest
Season: Spring/Autumn

Product overview:

Value and flexibility. Tons of color scheme variations to choose from. Billabong has a wide range of wetsuit tops to select as well.

Features and Technology:

Premium AX2 Superflux neoprene

Triple glued and sealed seams

Pinnacle Women’s Wetsuits

Pinnacle Aquatics produces a wide range of diving gear, and few of the models are also suitable for warm-weather surfing.


Venture: 3mm

Spirit: 3mm

Pinnacle Venture

Thickness: 3mm
Zip: Back
Type: Women’s full wetsuit
Season: Autumn/Spring

Product Overview:

Pinnacle is not a surfing mass production, but they do make great wetsuits for a wide range of water sports. As the surfing wetsuit is a hybrid between a triathlon and diving wetsuit, the pinnacle might be just that!

Features and technology:

  • Available Sizes: XS-XL
  • Titanium lined neoprene rubber
  • Zipper sealing flap
  • O-ring seals for reduced water flushing
  • Mesh finish on the chest for grip on surfboards
  • Highly flexible and lightweight
  • Built-In Key Pocket
  • Smooth skin chest, back, and wrist panels which promote rapped drying
  • 3mm zipper flap with handy key pocket
  • All seams are flatlock stitched for added stretch and comfort, and the suit is lined with comfortable quick-drying, low pile, high stretch nylon
  • Plastic zipper slider and pull with long zipper leash and hook and loop tie-down provide easy self-donning and doffing
  • Duratex kneepads cushion the driver’s knee and protect the suit, yet are very flexible


Thickness: 3mm
Zip: Back
Type: Women’s shorty wetsuit
Season: Spring/Summer

Product overview: 

The shorter version of the Venture. Great and durable water sports summer women’s wetsuit.

Material and technology:

  • Titanium lined neoprene rubber
  • Smooth skin chest panels for wind resistance
  • Mesh finish on the chest for grip on surfboards
  • Constructed from 3mm titanium lined nylon two neoprene rubber throughout,
  • Locking rear entry zipper to prevent unintended opening
  • Smooth-skin mandarin collar with hook and loop closure provides a snug and comfortable barrier against water entry
  • 3mm zipper flap with built-in key pocket
  • Rear zipper entry is equipped with a pull tab leash for natural self donning and doffing
  • All seams are flatlock sewn to provide greater comfort and flexibility and smooth skin outer mesh finish on chest and back panel provides additional grip on surfboards, boogie boards, etc.

Thank you!
Remember, that wetsuit can last a long time if taken proper care of!