Best Youth’s Surf Wetsuits

Supporting the young towards well-being through surfing is a grateful decision. Surfing is a sport that teaches a lot about the environment, being fit, patience, coordination, and is also a perfect way to meet other like-minded individuals.

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The Youth Surfing Wetsuits

Surfing attracts many active individuals from different age groups. To our fortune, we live in an era where there’s a ton of technologically advanced gear can be purchased at a reasonable price. This article is mainly aimed for parents who are looking to get their kids a proper wetsuit for surfing.

Q: How to choose a wetsuit for kids?

First, make sure which season the kids will be surfing. Is it just the summer, or also in the winter? Summer wetsuits for kids are cheaper due to thinner neoprene, while winter wetsuits – other times called the steamers, are thicker and packed with more technology to keep the warmth.

Q: How much does a kids wetsuit cost?

Kids wetsuits generally range around $50-$300 plus. Budget kids wetsuits are rather basic, therefore more suitable for summer use, while thicker wetsuits are great for the winter use. We always recommend choosing the known brands in the surf industry, as supermarket wetsuits are not that great for athletic use.

Q: The young grow fast, should I buy a size larger wetsuit so they would grow into it?

No. Always buy the right size technical gear if possible. Especially with the wetsuit, as the real warmth is generated only when the wetsuit is right around the body like a glove.

Some local surf stores buy your second-hand wetsuit as a trade-in for a new one, or trade-in for a used wetsuit if they have the right sizing available.

Q: What is the difference between boys and girls wetsuits?

Besides the most crucial factor for the young ones themselves is the color. Other than that, the wetsuits have about the same sizing chart.

Q: What is the difference between the companies that make wetsuit for toddlers

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Billabong, Quiksilver&Roxy, Rip Curl, O’Neill are producing the most wetsuits all around the world for surfers.

Q: How to take care of the wetsuit for surfing?

Teaching the young to take care of their gear is a vital role in means of the expected wetsuit lifespan. Best practice would be:

  1. A wetsuit should be rinsed in clean water after surfing, inside out.
  2. Leave the wetsuit soaking in a bucked for a while.
  3. After that, the wetsuit should be hanged on the shade to protect it from the sun and UV rays.
  4. Use a wide wetsuit hanger, and fold it from the middle so that the heavy wetsuit would not stretch too much

Q: How to choose the wetsuit according to the seasons?

Check out the recommended wetsuit thickness temperature chart.

Q: What is a steamer, springsuit, full suit, or a rashie?

The steamer is a winter wetsuit. The term comes from the steam, that comes from inside the wetsuit then taking it off in the cold winter

Springsuit is a wetsuit used in autumn or spring. Something in the middle of a warm and thick wetsuit

Full Suit means that the wetsuit has full-length arms and legs, sometimes even a hoodie.

Rashie – A rash vest is a long or short-sleeved shirt used in the summer surf session to avoid getting the chest rash from the surfboard


Girls Wetsuits


Roxy PROLOGUE Girls Surf Wetsuit

Thickness: 4/3, 3/2
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 10,14,16

Wetsuit Overview:

Durable, lightweight, and flexible. Recommended temperature range 09-13 Celsius / 49-55 Fahrenheit. The Prologue is also available as a 3/2 Springsuit for girls. Roxy makes state of the art surfing gear for females, and the Prologue is the model to go when choosing a wetsuit for the little ones.

Features and Technology:

  • Freemax neoprene on body & legs
  • Super stretch neoprene made from limestone derivatives
  • Hyperstretch 3.0 on arms & low front leg
  • GBS Seam – Glued and Blindstitched construction is triple glued and single blindstitched seams
  • YKK #10 back zip
  • Free-floating zipper technology that will keep you dry
  • Supratex knee pads
  • Hydrowrap adjustable neck closure
  • Weight 960g

Roxy POP Girls Surf Wetsuit

Thickness: 1mm
Type: Chest Zip Short Springsuit
Sizes: 8 / 12

Wetsuit overview:

Recommended temperature range: 18°C – 21°C / 65°F 70°F. A wide variety of color-schemed spring suits from the POP series for girls.

Features and technology:

  • F’N Lite neoprene
  • Coil B-Lock seams
  • Vertical front zip entry system with YKK #8 plastic zip
  • Flush Lock 2.0 seals on wrists and ankles

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Roxy SYNCRO Girls Surf Wetsuit

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, 2mm
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 8 / 10 / 14

Wetsuit overview:

The model Syncro is also a widely used women’s model that features a fair amount of technology for the needy surfer. This model here is a 3/2, which is also available as a warm spring-suit and a compact steamer.

Features and technology:

  • F’n LITE neoprene
  • Thermal Smoothie on chest and back panels
  • WarmFlight far infrared thermal lining on the chest and back panel
  • Triple glued & blindstitched (GBS) seams
  • Back zip entry system with YKK #10 metal zip

Rip Curl DAWN PATROL Girls Surf Wetsuit

Thickness: 3/2
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16

Product overview:

The very technologically advanced Dawn Patrol provides just the right amount of flexibility and comfort a young surfer could ask for.

Technology and Features:

  • GBS
  • E5 neoprene in the arms and free flex neoprene in the body
  • E5 taping in critical stress points add durability and comfort

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O’Neill EPIC Girls Surf Wetsuit

Thickness: 4/3
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16

Product overview: 

The widely preferred model Epic by O’Neill has many of the same features as other high-end wetsuits at a reasonable price.

Technology and features:

  • UltraFlex DS neoprene
  • Double seal neck closure
  • LSD (Lumbar seamless design)
  • Covert blackout zip
  • Clean graphics and sharp style lines

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Quiksilver SYNCRO Boys Surf Wetsuit

Thickness: 5/4/3
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16

Product overview:

Fully insulated steamer. This cold water wetsuit is geared to the winter warrior who won’t let a little chill stand in the way of his stoke. Suggested water temperatures of 09°C – 13°C / 49°F – 55°F

Technology and features:

  • F’n LITE neoprene made with air cell-rich limestone for lightweight warmth
  • Thermal Smoothie on chest and back panels which retains heat and blocks wind
  • GBS (Glued and blindstitched) seams for maximum flexibility and minimal water entry
  • Seam taping at critical zones
  • Hydrowrap x2 completely adjustable neck closure system for a watertight seal
  • Integrated air cell insulation that will stabilize core body temperature and improve flexibility
  • Far infrared paneling to ensure optimum warmth in critical areas
  • WarmFlight x1 Far-Infrared thermal lining on chest and back panels – transforms body heat into infrared energy to generate and maintain warmth
  • YKK #10 metal zip
  • Hydroshield water barrier prevents water from entering via the back zip
  • Supratex knee pads, durable, lightweight and flexible
  • Weight: 1050g
  • 92% Nylon/Polyamide, 8% Elastane

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O’Neill EPIC Youth Surf Wetsuit

Thickness: 4/3
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16

Product overview:

As the name says, Epic has awesome features and too good price for that.

Technology and features:

  • Ultra-stretch neoprene
  • Seams are blind stitched and triple glued (GBS)
  • Wind-Resistant FluidFlex firewall panels provide extra insulation and protection against the cold
  • UltraFlex DS neoprene
  • Double seal neck closure
  • LSD – seamless lumbar design
  • Covert blackout zip

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O’Neill Youth Reactor

Thickness: 3/2
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16

Product overview:

The reactor is another widely used youth wetsuit that has plenty of technology at a reasonable price. One of the most favored models on the youth wetsuit industry.

Technology and features:

  • Top Sleeve / under Sleeve
  • FluidFlex on chest and back
  • Mesh Ssmoothskin fluid foam
  • Krypto knee pads
  • Ergonomic knee protection
  • Smoothskin fluid foam neck
  • 30% FluidFlex / 70% fluid foam
  • YKK back zip system
  • Single super seal collar
  • Fully adjustable seal
  • Hidden key pocket
  • Flatlock stitched (Breathable seams)
  • Strategic seamless paddle zones

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Billabong ABSOLUTE COMP Boys Wetsuit

Thickness: 4/3
Type: Chest Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16

Product overview:

Never compromise when it comes to the quality of your cold water wetsuit. Technical details include thermal-insulting hollow fiber lining at the back and front pressure-bonded internal stretch tape for durability warmth and stretch and engineered seam placement to maximize performance. The model Absolute Comp is the only chest-zip boy’s wetsuit in this list.

Technology and features:

  • Premium AX2 Superflex neoprene
  • Hollow fiber thermal lining back and front for warmth
  • Pressure bonded strategic internally stretch tape
  • Refined, machine applied internally bonded stretch taping ensures comfortable leak-free seals
  • Engineered seam placement to maximize performance

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Rip Curl OMEGA Boys Wetsuit

Thickness: 3/2
Type: Back Zip Full Wetsuit
Sizes: 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16

Product overview:

Awesome wetsuit by Rip Curl. It’s got all the essential features that a young grom couldn’t even ask for.

Technology and features:

  • GBS stitchings
  • Ultralite neoprene in the body
  • FreeFlex neoprene in action panels
  • Hydroloc collar
  • Taped stress points

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