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Shivering in the surf.

Shivering in the surf.

Sidmouth, Devon, UK. December 2017.

The modern wetsuit dates back to 1951 – 1952. It was invented by Hugh Bradner, a physicist associated with the University of California, Berkeley looking to improve on the equipment used by the U.S. Navy. Early wetsuits sandwiched the relatively-thin neoprene between layers of spandex or nylon. The earliest versions of the wetsuit worked by trapping a small amount of water between the body and the suit. This water was heated by the body’s own temperature and acted as insulation. These modern wetsuits also had improved stitching and seams that kept the suit watertight and prevented the outside water from entering the suit and cooling the diver.

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Photo taken @ East Devon District on 30 December 2017 (© Neil. Moralee / Flickr)

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