In cold water down to about 50 degress I kayak surf in snug neoprene waders that are almost as tight as my old wetsuit. Because they are snug they offer no problems with swimming. The life jacket acts as a wader belt. But most often I have a splash top over the waders so very little water gets in when I am swimming.
I also wear this when swimming in the surf to take pictures of others surfing. You can see a picture of me wearing it here at the bottom of the page:
One the top of this next page you can see it looks like on land:
When it is really cold or rough I ad a neoprene type hood that helps keep water from flushing down the neck gasket and keeps me even dryer.
I also carry a hypothermia kit when it is cold incase the system fails and I get wet so I can change into dry cloths and get warm.
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Paddler's Truck Rack
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