First and foremost, let’s define hydration: The process of causing something to absorb water. That something is YOU and your human body. Water regulates your body’s temperature and lubricates your joints. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. There are many factors to take into consideration when knowing how much water you actually need. These factors include body composition, activity levels, and the amount of water lost through sweating and breathing. The body is made up of 70% water and water is considered to be the second most critical factor in which life is dependent upon, the first being oxygen.

Now let’s address you as the Surfer/Athlete, you are now out there in the waves and enjoying your session. You start to feel thirsty, dehydration has already started. Dehydration occurs when the body is omitting more water than which it is taking in. You are depleting your storage bank and your supply is low, the body now is looking for help. The brain is telling your body that it needs water. Things start to go downhill, your mouth gets dry, and your nasal passages are dry, you feel weak. But you are stubborn because these sets are just plain fantastic! You ignore your physical symptoms and carry on. Next, you start to feel dizzy and your heart starts flopping like a fish out of water in a weird beat (palpitations). Confusion, inability to sweat, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are now on the horizon. If water is not consumed soon you are on your way to surfer heaven because death is knocking at your door, dude.

Gnarly, right? So let’s look at some ways that you can stay hydrated and stay on that board a bit longer than normal. You could carry a water bottle in your hand? Oh, wait…you can’t! You need your hands to grip that board, paddle out, and help you with balance. That sucks! Or you can have your friend hold your water bottle for you…dude you’re on your own! How about an IV line in your arm? (This is just plain ridiculous) So, how about a ONE LITER hydration bag within your suit? Hands free. Easy to use. And enough water to keep you hydrated through your sess. Dude, that’s a win-win situation.

You have now arrived at Epic Tide Wetsuits with a hydration bladder built right into your suit. Problem solved. You’re welcome.