"Semi-drysuit"....sounds like that was maybe more a thing before surfing wetsuits became so good. Like when I started surfing in the late 80s, wetsuits were so leaky that they were indeed WETsuits. Now, I often no water in my suit until 10 or 15 minutes into the session, with first duck dive. From the way they are described, any good quality surfing wetsuit is now "semi-dry".
Sink or swim video...that guy is 10 feet from shore, and he says that once drysuit was full of water he found it very difficult to swim, would be in a bit of trouble, etc. If he was a km offshore, cut his suit like that in 5c water, with a non-paddleable twintip or pocket foil, unless help is nearby he possibly dies. Yeah, bunch of "what-if's" there, but that's the ultimate risk factor to consider and plan for. My own experience is limited to wetsuit failure, surfing in UK in a rented suit in winter, the zipper split right open, suit filled with water, and the combination of instant freeze and sluggish swimming, there was a panicky moment ... I made it in, but it was scary. In bigger surf or with a rip current, not hard to see how consequence could quickly and easily be more significant.
Conclusion: like other posters above, I prefer good quality wetsuits. Though I have used a drysuit in certain situations and would again -- just with care/caution.
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