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

Best Women’s Surfing Wetsuits available today.

Choosing the right Type and Thickness wetsuit for surfing can be a task that requires some research before jumping in and getting one right away. Wetsuits last quite a bit of time so make sure to read the following to get the best option out there.

Well, the good news is that there are plenty of high-quality wetsuits available at a reasonable price!



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

Women’s Wetsuit Q and A

Q: How to choose a wetsuit?

1. Determine the right Thickness – What seasons and temperatures will you be surfing?
2. Which wetsuit Type – Full suit, springsuit, steamer, or just the jacket?
3. Choose the right wetsuit Size
3. Choose the Brand & Model you like – the fun part

Q: What is the difference between Surfing, Diving, and Triathlon wetsuits? 

A: Technology, thickness, and design


  • Triathlon Wetsuits are intended for maximum mobility and floatation. Also, those wetsuits have a slick outer garment for the less drag for the water through the water when swimming. Built for swimming, where heat is generated by body warmth. 1 – 5mm thick.
  • Diving Wetsuit limit the movement due to different stitching technology. As the diving wetsuit is intended to be submerged all the time, those suits provide better insulation and therefore poor breathing capabilities in high-intensity workout. 3 – 8 mm thick
  • Surfing Wetsuit is a mixture of the diving and triathlon wetsuit. Surfers are half-bobbed most of the time, so there must be a compromise of warmth and flexilibility.


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 most popular surf brand wetsuits. Surfers tend to prefer some brands over others as each brand has their own “feel and fit”.

The main female surf wetsuits brands listed on our website are all of high quality, while some brands offer more high-end models than others.

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 your 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 + hoods, boots, gloves

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’s core is 5mm thick, arms and legs 4mm.
5/4/3 implies 5mm thickness around the torso area is 5mm thick, 4mm on shoulders and thighs area, arms and lower parts of legs 3mm thick.

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

AHaving the right size wetsuit is as crucial as choosing the right thickness. Make sure to check the right sizing according to each brand out there. If you have to choose between the height or weight, go for weight as the wetsuit has to be snug but no too tight.

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

A: Premium wetsuits dry faster, feel better by having the best flexibility and materials. High-end wetsuits usually cost around 250-500 USD. Great choice for anyone who appreciates quality time on the water.
Mid-range wetsuits are packed with features and made of good materials. Great choice for anyone who don’t want a high-end or a low range surf wetsuit.
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 produced 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 their different approach towards the modern wetsuit by using YULEX instead of neoprene. Probably the most advanced wetsuits in the market. There’s a lot more every surfer should know about their mission, so definitely worth a check!

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. It does not take too much time to take care of the wetsuit, but it makes a big difference in the longetivity of the wetsuit.

Q: How long will a wetsuit last?

A: If taken proper care of the wetsuit in regular basic, a good brand wetsuit can last up to many good years while keeping the warmth and holding the fit. Wetsuits can laos be repaired at a proper surf/dive store.



O’Neill / Rip Curl / Xcel / Roxy / Patagonia

Worth a check before commiting for the suit

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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 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
Furnace Comp

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

Remember to take care of your wetsuit!