If you are not already wearing your wetsuit you should start thinking about it soon. Temps are dropping and so is the water temp (60 at Thomas Point), I know it may not be cool or comfortable but better safe then sorry right?!?! Your loved ones will thank you!
It can be a challenge for paddlers because we are not in the water while paddling so it is easy to overheat in your suit, the main thing you want is something that if you fall gives you time to get back up on your board and keeps you from going into shock. Boots should be the thickets part since your feet will be in the water the most, here is a chart that shows how your body reacts when you hit cold water from a great site.
Water Temperature And Expected Time of Survival Chart
|Water Temperature||Expected Time Before Exhaustion or Unconsciousness||Expected Time of Survival|
|32.5°||0.3°||< 15 minutes||45 minutes|
|32.5–40°||0.3–4.4°||15 – 30 minutes||30 – 90 minutes|
|40–50°||3.3–10°||30 – 60 minutes||1 – 3 hours|
|50–60°||10–15.6°||1 – 2 hours||1 – 6 hours|
|60–70°||15.6–21.1°||2 – 7 hours||2 – 40 hours|
|70–80°||21.1–26.7°||3 – 12 hours||3 hours – indefinite|
|> 80°||> 26.7°||Indefinite||Indefinite|