If you love getting in the sea, whether it’s for a little paddle or full day surfing session, chances are due to the unpredictability of the Cornish weather, having a wetsuit to hand isn’t a bad idea! Luckily for you there are plenty of experienced and reputable places throughout the region where you can pick one up, depending on your price point and requirements. Take a look at our top 10 and let us know how you get on!
Before investing in the kit that will keep you warm in the waves this year, it’s important to understand what you’re looking for in a wetsuit. Luckily, the team at Sport Fitness Advisor have written all about the different features and styles of wetsuits you have to choose from, so make sure to give that a read first!
Watersports Warehouse, St Ives
Watersports warehouse has been selling wetsuits to watersports enthusiasts for over 28 years from their Wetsuit Outlet based in Cornwall in the UK. They have a wide selection of quality wetsuits from leading manufacturers Gul, C-Skins, Mares, Cressi, Typhoon, Gill, Crewsaver and Fourth Element. Their range of wetsuits provide for virtually every in water experience, whether you need a wetsuit for fun on the beach or scuba diving in cold water. They we offer a wide selection of Junior wetsuits to fit toddlers through to teenagers, from basic wetsuits through to blindstitched all season wetsuits. For more information and advice on choosing the correct type of wetsuit take a look at their ‘choosing your wetsuit’ guide on their website!
North Coast Wetsuits, Wadebridge
Based in North Cornwall, North Coast Wetsuits are a British original brand. They are fully independent and specialise in wetsuits and associated water sports / surfing products along with a great range of dry bags suitable for outdoor adventurers. They are a small family run business that was started back in 2004. Back then as avid players in the sea, and with a long background in business, they could see a gap in the market for a local brand offering quality at a fair price. They design and import all their own branded stock lines and work with a number of long established outsourced contract manufacturers that are industry leaders. This offers them guaranteed levels of service and quality. Don’t believe all the hype, nearly all the known ‘surf brands’ outsource, they don’t have their own factories.
Ann’s Cottage, Wadebridge
Ann’s Cottage is Cornwall’s Original Family-run surf and lifestyle store. Since their first store opened in Polzeath in 1978, Ann’s Cottage have pioneered the surf scene in Europe. Now consisting of 11 stores and a website, Ann’s Cottage is at the heartbeat of all surf and lifestyle fashion in the UK. They have branched out across the whole of Cornwall and become one of the largest retailers of surf wear and accessories for men, women and children in Europe. When it comes to wetsuits, there’s a variety of options with some stunning colours and designs. From traditional plain black to their standout, statement pieces, the extensive selection available at Ann’s Cottage will ensure that you’re always spoiled for choice.
The West Cornwall Surf Company, Hayle
West Cornwall Surf Company are an extension of the well-established Tombstone Surfboards brand. Adjacent to Tombstone, the store is now open and at West Cornwall Surf they aim to share the stoke of surfing in the far reaches of Cornwall. Along with fantastic wetsuits, they like to give their customers their own take on the local surf conditions with their daily eyeball surf report and the chance to try out products in their sensibly priced demo centre!
Neon Wesuits, Newquay
Breaking free from the norm, neon wetsuits was born from the love of surfing, design, colour and doing things the way founder Elsie, wanted to do them. Function is key, with design simple and effective, whereas the look can be as bright or as subtle as the owner desires. All of neon’s wetsuits are made to order in a studio on the Cornish coast of England. Keeping the manufacturing of neon wetsuits in-house is so important to them. For their customers to build their own colours into their own suit and have it made to order is a unique experience they hope you will enjoy.
Snugg Wetsuits, Newquay
Snugg Wetsuit was conceived in 1982 by Malcolm who set about making a warmer wetsuit for fellow surfers. 33 years down the line, Snugg now boasts an extensive range of high performance, sport specific wetsuits. Snugg wetsuits are tailor made to your exact dimensions, individually hand made in their workshop in Cornwall. As each suit is individually hand crafted by their dedicated team, you can be assured of an excellent fit and unrivalled customer service.
Ocean Sports, Pentewan
They have wetsuits and drysuits to suit everyone, from the smallest wetsuit by O’Neill will fit a 6 month old whose parents just want them to be kept that extra bit warm when sitting by the shore to the larger framed person who wishes to stay in the water longer. In store, they also have a budget range of wetsuits by C I C that mean they are as good on price as any supermarket but feel the wetsuits are of a better quality, however, if you are more interested in comfort than cost they are sure you will always go for the O’Neill as once you have tried them both on you will appreciate the difference.
Down The Line, Hayle
They have a large range of winter, spring and summer suits for whatever mother nature can throw at you. They stock all of the top brands and have been selling wetsuits for over 20 years, so can help you find the wetsuit to suit your needs and fit you perfectly. Free European delivery on all blindstitched wetsuits.
The Wetsuit Factory, Liskeard
TWF International Ltd has been supplying wetsuits and beach accessories from Cornwall since 1969. With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing and designing wetsuits TWF have developed a high quality range of summer wetsuits, rash vests, baby wetsuits & accessories as well as variety of footwear and bodyboards. In 2008 we joined forces with Sola Sports Ltd, a well-known wetsuit brand that has been going since the 1980s. This merge has allowed them to offer a wider range of top quality products.
Aggie Surf Shop, St Agnes
Aggie Surf Shop has been providing surfers with wetsuits for over 20 years. They have a wide selection of men’s, women’s and junior wetsuits which they have tested and refined over the years. As the water temperature varies throughout the year in the UK, a reliable summer or winter wetsuit is essential. At Aggie Surf Shop, they value flexibility, warmth, strength and quality in the wetsuits they offer. If you can find a cheaper wetsuit online, send a screenshot of the quote and they will match the price for you!