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Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby pistolpete » Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:48 pm

Anyone experience with a rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb zip free 4/3? I read it's the f is really warm. thiniking of getting one for cape town in Dec. Water is pretty cold around 15 degrees celsius, air around 25 and 30kn wind. I'm skinny rather freezy guy. So I thought get an fbomb, but i'm also bit worried of gettin overcooked in an f, so may rather aim at the e-bomb. Any experience, thoughts be great? thx!

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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby ELI » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:18 pm

Last Jan. I used a 3 year old O'Neil 4/3 ,friend who stays warmer was in a 3/2 .Blew 20-50 mph . Did not keep track of temps . I get cold ,and had a buzz cut

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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby ELI » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:18 pm

But was warm there !

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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby jj83 » Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:38 am

4/3 is most used. This season was my girlfriend's first experience of water less than 28oC as she is from Camocim in Brazil! Despite looking for the penguins and icebergs she stays warm while surfing and kiting in Ripcurl E7 E-Bomb 4/3 😎 She found using booties helps a lot (O'Neill Heat Ninja 3mm) so that could be another option if you get cold feet. 5/4 or flashbomb is overkill though I think - I personally kite and surf in 3/2 all season including in some colder waters further south of Blouberg on the peninsula and I'm fine. Hope that helps.

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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby Exal » Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:08 am

You can wear anything in blouberg when it is blasting 30+ knots with plenty of people around to help you when things go bad. I had a 5/3 flashbomb and that was a bit warm but I was crashing lots and never felt too warm in blouberg. In langebaan/shark bay I would've preferred a 3/2. Sometimes the water was freezing cold and sometimes it wasn't too bad. If I was to buy a do it all wetty it would be a 4/3 flashbomb, love that thing.
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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby sc » Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:02 am

Flash Bomb is a better suit, you have to get used to getting in and out of a no-zip.
Flash Bomb will dry faster.
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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby adamj2281 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:22 pm

Flashbomb is a great suit and I really like the zip free.
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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby pistolpete » Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:14 pm

ok this ill get the 4/3 flashbomb then! thanks for advice!

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Re: Rip curl flash bomb or e-bomb 4/3 for capetown?

Postby elmarco » Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:02 am

I was down there mid nov. with a 4/3 Flash bomb. It's plenty of rubber. good for Bloubourg & Witsand, a bit overkill for Langebaan.
Never even close to cold.


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