The surfing lineup will become far more distinguished-looking if a new wetsuit developed by Quiksilver becomes the latest fashion craze–because the new wetsuit is an actual suit.
Or, depending on one’s taste, a tuxedo.
Quiksilver is testing the market for these stylish “True Wetsuits,” which are made of thin neoprene but resemble fashionable business and party attire, in Japan.
The reasoning is obvious. Surfers hitting their favorite spots after work often miss out on dozens of waves in the time it takes to change from their clothes into their wetsuits.
Reads part of a translated press release: “It is possible to traverse the office and beaches without changing clothes in this high-performance wetsuit.”
The suits come in three styles, black and navy suits for “business & surfing,” and a black tuxedo for “party & surfing, according to the company website.
While stylish, these suits will not fit into the vast majority of surfers’ budgets: Cost for one unit is 300,000 yen, or just over $2,500.
But we have to admit, they add a new level of cool to a sport in which most rubber wetsuits are drab black or garish garments with the rudimentary task of keeping a surfer warm.