Ever had that feeling where you really need to take a leak but there’s that nice set coming over the horizon and you don’t want to miss the action so you just peed in your wetsuit? It must have happened to you once or twice in a surfing session. Well, at least that’s what science says.
In a recent post by Inertia that mentions a study published in the Journal of Urine Research by a certain Dr. Elizabeth Talberg and her team, it has been proven that 100% of surfers with a beating heart pee in their wetsuits. Meaning all living surfers pee in their wetsuits whether they admit it or not.
With that in mind, do you think peeing in your wetsuit is a good thing or a bad thing? Well, sound science says that it is natural and it is part of being human. It happens because we experience a phenomenon called Immersion Diuresis or water loss due to immersion. The lower temperature and increased pressure of the surrounding water make you urinate.
But as an individual, how do you feel about peeing in your wetsuit? Whether you admit it or not, science says you do pee in your wetsuit and there’s no point arguing about it. Whether you are disgusted about it or not, it is a scientific fact and you would have to conduct your very own study to prove it wrong.
There are definitely polarized opinions about this topic and for the most part, many surfers just think it is a funny joke that isn’t to be taken seriously. But whether science backs me up or not, I am more inclined to say that it is not a bad thing to pee in your wetsuit or board shorts during a surf session.
First of all, the ocean is already full of urine. Where do you think your pee goes when it is absorbed by the soil and gets washed off by rainwater? So if that’s what you’re worried about, I hate to break it to you, but the ocean water isn’t as clean as you think it is.
So back to peeing in your wetsuit, whether you do it involuntarily or you literally chose to do it, you are free to do so. It’s not like your pee is going to contaminate the entire marine life in your local surf break. And besides, you might miss a wave you’ve been waiting for if you had to paddle back to the beach just to take a leak. Cleaning your wetsuit or not after your surf session (and peeing in it) is also up to you.
If you are concerned about hygiene, then you need to take time to wash that suit of yours and not just rinse it with water. For a thorough clean, use warm water to sterilize it and help remove the bacteria that can cause harm to your skin. But then again it is a matter of choice if you wish to keep that wetsuit clean and free of bacteria or to just roll with it (pee and all).
But with all this peeing in the wetsuit talk, there’s one thing I beg you don’t ever do. Never pee in a public swimming pool regardless of what you are wearing. It’s a whole different story when you do it in the ocean than when you do it in the pool. People may be forgiving when you pee in the ocean but when you do it in the pool, don’t expect everyone to just be cool with it!
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