Booties or neoprene shoes and socks come in all shapes, sizes and thicknesses. When surfing reefs, boots or neoprene socks can be nice to prevent you from cutting your toes and feet on rocks, coral, urchins, shells or other sharp stuff. You don’t want reef cuts, trust us. It takes forever for rash and cuts in the tropics to heal, just wear a damn neoprene sock!
Split-toe boots are neoprene shoes with a split between your big toe and the rest of your toes. Split-toe booties give you a bit more grip on your deck, which can be nice when you want some more control and keep your airtime up in wintertime. You might lose a bit more warmth and it can be a bit uncomfortable at first, but some surfers think this is the holy grail.
Round toe boots are like a mitten. They keep your piggies warm by having them all together snuggly. You do lose a bit more grip, but who cares, as long as you’re strapped in it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. Warm toes all the way!
Hoods and beanies
Sometimes just a cap, sometimes a hooded wetsuit or full hooded vest. There are many options to choose from to your head and neck protected from the wind and cold water.
And that’s not all, harsh conditions are terrible for your ears. Wearing a hood, when it’s windy or cold, will also protect you from surfer’s ear and the consequences. By that we mean not surfing for 6+ weeks when the bone in your ear canal needs to be drilled out.