We may be hitting the coldest months of the year, but that won’t stop us from making the most of old Blighty’s most consistent surf season. Perhaps we’re crazy for heading out on those misty mornings when the thermometer’s sub zero but somehow, the fire burning within always prevails. That being said, we couldn’t do this without the appropriate gear, and that’s why we’ve been working hard to develop the best possible winter wetsuits for UK surfers.

Animal Winter wetsuit guide 2017 | Aeon 5/4/3 winter wetsuit

Whether you’re an experienced surfer looking for high performance, or are just starting up and want a wetsuit that gives you great value for money, we’ve got you covered. Wetsuit performance comes from a combination of neoprene quality, body fit and strategic panelling. Over the past couple of years we’ve worked hard to deliver a range of suits that incorporate all of the above, with a focus on British surfing conditions.

Part of developing a strong wetsuit range is about testing their capabilities, adapting and refining until we’ve got the design just right. A few weeks ago we were privileged to have Mr Alan Stokes himself road-testing our new range of winter wetsuits in one of the UK’s most remote and freezing locations, Scotland’s north coast. Boy did he score.

Watch Alan Stokes' latest video 'Tomorrow's Dawn'
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''The Animal Aeon front zip winter wetsuit is my go-to suit for everyday surfs, from October through to May. It's a well-fitted and comfy suit that keeps me warm and allows for a lot of freedom of movement. Progressive shortboarding requires a lot of body flexibility so this is really important for me.

This is the suit I chose for our trips up to Scotland's north coast. It kept me performing at my best whilst keeping me warm in some pretty cold and icy conditions. Our last trip up there saw - 3°C air temps and with the added wind chill you definitely needed a quality suit to keep out the cold''. Alan Stokes

To help you find the perfect winter wetsuit this season, we’ve put together a guide giving you the lowdown on the Animal wetsuit range.