So. You’ve booked your surf holiday to the Portuguese Algarve. You’re ready for that sun on your face, sand between your toes and surfing those light blue barreling waves wearing nothing but board-shorts and a rashy. And to be honest, you’ve got that dreamy image almost right. It’s just that one step in the Atlantic ocean will bring you right back to reality… Because let us tell you: the water here is cold all year round!
If you’ve come to Lagos deceived by the 30+ degrees and sunny weather, you are not alone. But fret not: you’ll be able to find a wide range of wetsuits in our Jah Shaka Surf Shop and to make your life even easier we are here to help you choose the right one.
What difference does it make?
There are many, many steamers (long arm and leg suits of >3mm thick) on the market. With prices for such wetsuits easily going into the hundreds, it’s important to be sure of your choice. So what are the things you should be paying attention to when choosing your new neoprene friend?
The waters around Lagos are cold, but not freezing. The average water temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius in winter (Dec – April) to (just over) 20 degrees in late summer (Aug – Oct).
Ideal is a 3:2 (= neoprene thickness in mm) wetsuit in summer and a 4:3 for the winter. But a high range 3:2 or all-round 4:3 could last you all year round as well.
Brands come up with new materials to keep you warm all the time. Check the suits’ specifics for more details and don’t hesitate to pass by Jah Shaka Surf Shop to feel and try the difference.
The stitching of the seams is a big influence on the amount of water (and thus – cold) coming into your wetsuit. Basically a blind stitched suit is top range, followed in rank by flat-lock stitching and overlock stitching. When the stitches are enhanced with glue or (liquid) tape, they hold better and keep more water out.
If you’re on a mission to tear some waves to bits, you’ll want a wetsuit that fits like a glove.
To really find out which of the wetsuits suits you best, just drop by our shop in the centre of Lagos and try some different brands and types. This will help you in your selection. New wetsuit when trying it in the shop will always feel tighter than in the water though it should still be the correct size.
The flexibility of your wetsuit influences the freedom of movement you have in it. But the durability as well. It’s all about balance.
The more panels (separate neoprene parts), the better the fit. But it also means more seams and therefore potentially less durability and more water seeping in. New neoprene inventions do make for better designs with less panels.
Zip (way of entry)
Starting a discussion about this is like talking politics at the dinner table; it’s easiest to just agree to disagree. Again, you’ll really have to try what works well for you. But generally a back zip is smoothest getting into, followed in order by the front zip and zipless. The easier it is for you the get in, the easier it is for the water as well.
At Jah Shaka Surf Shop we offer a range of wetsuit brands for both women and men with wishes and wallets of all shapes and sizes.
If you’re new to surfing and not sure how many sessions you’ll be able to squeeze in or just familiar with the looks of an empty wallet: the Rip Curl Omega could be perfect for you. Low-budget but still of great quality. For the ladies the Roxy Syncro is a great option as well!
Our absolute favorite for both men and women is the Rip Curl Dawn Patrol. It’s an everyday wetsuit with good flexibility that will keep you warm for many sessions to come. And it comes in black as well as in some fun color schemes! Or what about the great options from Quiksilver and Roxy?
Top of the line
For the dedicated surfer that needs a durable and toasty steamer to last him all year round, we’ve got some top of the line wetsuits like the VISSLA 7Seas, ECO Seas and Excel Infinity. If you are much into environment protection you will most likely to be interested in this cutting edge material a Natural Rubber Foam which VISSLA used in their the new 100% neoprene-free wetsuits range. Eco Seas are coming soon to Jah Shaka Surf shop and it's definitely worth of your attention. Find more about this new class wetsuits in one of the next Reviews.
Meanwhile see the specs below and drop by Jah Shaka Shop to give it a try!
|Brand||Model||ZIP||Specs||3/2 mm||4/3 mm|
|Rip_Curl||Omega 4/3||back||Light freeflex + superstretch neoprene mix; glued double blind stitched, comfortable neckline||145€|
|Dawn Patrol||back||Freeflex mixed with E4 neoprene in key performance levels; warm and quick dry flash lining; glued double blind stitched seams; batwing system against water flushing||195€||205€|
|G Bomb 4/3||zipper-less||Performance: lightweight and superstretch; minimal panelling; 100% E4 neoprene; liquid tape outside & E4 tape inside on strategically placed seams||290€|
|Flashbomb 4/3||zipper-less||Warmth: super toasty & flexible, E4 neoprene and E4 flash lining for warmth and quick dry; stichless with E4 tape inside; no seams in paddle zones||340€|
|ROXY||SYNCRO||front/back||F'N lite lightweight neoprene & Thermal smoothie wind and water repellant neoprene mix - triple glued and blindstitched seams; comfortable neckline||169€||189€|
|XY||back||F'N lite lightweight neoprene; DryFlight heat technology; triple glued and blindstitched flexible COILLOCK seams; comfortable neckline||259€||279€|
|XCEL||Infinity||front||warmth: TDC Thermo Dry lightweight wetsuit lining; ultrastretch neoprene; blind stitched seams - glued and taped; back-knee cutouts for flexibility; flush lock on arms and ankles||295€||330€|
|Brand||Model||ZIP||Specs||3/2 mm||4/3 mm|
|Rip_Curl||Omega 4/3||back||Light freeflex + superstretch neoprene mix; glued double blindstitched seams; comfortable neckline||145€|
|Dawn Patrol||front||Freeflex mixed with E4 neoprene in key performance panels; warm and quick dry Flash Lining; glued double blindstitched seams||215€||225€|
|E Bomb 4/3||front||Performance: lightweight and super stretch; minimal panelling; 100% E4 neoprene, liquid tape outside & E4 tape inside on strategically placed seams||300€|
|Flashbomb 4/3||zipper-less||Warmth: super toasty & flexible; E4 neoprene and E4 flaslining for warmth and quick dry; stitchless with E4 tape inside; no seams in paddle zones||340€|
|VISSLA||7 Seas||front||Less is More: tailored fit; triple glued doublestitched seams with superstretch tape; superstretch neoprene with hollow fiber lining for warmth and quick dry||250€||269€|
|VISSLA||ECO Seas 3/2||front||NaturalPrene™: Natural Rubber Foam; 100% neoprene-free; water based Aqua-A™ lamination glue; no harmful chemicals; fast drying Upcycled Thermal full body lining;||on request|
|XCEL||Infinity 3/2||front||Warmth: TDC Thermo Dry lightweight wetsuit lining; ultrastretch neoprene; blind stitched seams glued and taped; back-knee cutouts for flexibility; flush lock on arms and ankles||300€|
|XCEL||Infinity 4/3 v2||front||Warmth: TDC Thermo Dry lightweight wetsuit lining; ultrastretch neoprene; blind stitched seams glued and taped; back-knee cutouts for flexibility; flush lock on arms and ankles||270€|
|XCEL||Infinity 4/3 v2 Comp||front||Performance: ultrastretch neoprene with lightweight V Foam and quick dry lining; blind stitched seams glued and taped; minimal panelling; zero seams from upper chest to knees||300€|
|Quiksilver||AG 47 - 4/3||front||F'N lite lightweight neoprene & Thermal smoothie wind and water repellant neoprene mix; hydrolock & Red Seal seam mix for flexible watertight seams; flush lock at wrists and ankles; watertight and comfortable neckline||300€|
We have more colours available for some models. Please don't hesitate to contact us on sizes and colours available in stock!
Ask ten persons what they think of when you say Lagos and you probably get ten completely different answers. From strolling the picturesque old town streets to checking luxurious yachts in the modern harbour and from a relaxed day on one of the many gorgeous beaches to adrenaline fuelled day filled with exciting activities. This Portuguese town and surrounding area has something to offer for everyone.
Did we get your curiosity flowing? The Jah Shaka Surf shop crew got together and created the best reasons to visit Lagos! (We could honestly think of many more but we know your attention span can only take as much)
1. The Weather
How great is it to wake up every day just knowing that it’s going to be another warm and sunny day? Let us tell you, it’s awesome! No need to check the weather forecast: with more than 300 days of sun per year you’ll definitely be able to work on a tan that will make your friends at home jealous.
The thermometer normally hits 20+ °C (70 °F) from March till November with June to September being the hottest months. Even the winter here is mild with lots of sunny days.
So bring out those bikini’s, shorts and lovely summer dresses but don’t forget a light sweater or jacket – even summer nights can get a little chilly.
2. The Surf
Ahhh the surf. The reason most of our crew came down to South-West Algarve at some point and never left. With many spots along both south and west coast, there is always a wave to be found for any level surfer, all year round. This also makes it a perfect location for the surf virgins amongst you to learn to surf.
The winter usually brings big swells that are a true spectacle on the west coast but bring the more surfable waves to the south. The west coast is normally the place to be in summer. Be aware that you will need a car to get you to the breaks more often than not.
Not planning on renting a car? Just drop by the Jah Shaka Surf shop to book yourself a transfer, a lesson or a ride & rent. Of course you can also drop by for rentals only or if you just want to know which beaches should be working during your stay.
3. The food
The best way to end a day of surfing is in a restaurant, being treated to good food. The Lagos area is a culinary heaven where you can find all types of restaurants with cuisine from all over the world! But if you’re looking for the true Algarvian (and most wallet friendly) experience, why not step into one of the local restaurants to enjoy some super fresh local specialties like grilled fish, all sorts of seafood from clams to lobsters and chicken piri-piri.
The cuisine of the Algarve is often simple but made with love and focused on the great varieties in taste that nature itself has to offer us. Want to take it up a notch? See if you can find a place that serves ‘Percebes’ (goose barnacles); a freaky looking but yummy seafood specialty that can only be collected by the most fearless fisherman on dangerous rocks out in the ocean.
4. The Scenery
Lagos is located on the south coast of the Algarve which offers you long stretched sandy beaches alternated with the cliffs and grottos this region is known for. Think turquoise waters with a scatter of rocks and gorgeous tiny beaches.
The west coast is just around the corner and gives you grand views of rugged cliffs and the wild nature of the Costa Vincentina nature park that stretches from Sagres to Sines.
And it’s not only nature that is appealing around here. Whether you’re looking for a quiet fisherman town like Carrapateira, the hustle and bustle of touristic cities like Albufeira and Portimão or the rich history of places like Lagos and Silves (cause castles are cool!); you can find it all in this region.
You can explore all this beauty by yourself but why not enjoy the views of the cliffs in the south by kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard or boat? Hike or bike along the west coast and Monchique mountain area with a guide or enjoy a fun and informative tour along both coasts including beach picnic and drinks. These tours are all located in, or leave from Lagos. Just drop by the Jah Shaka Surf shop and we’ll find you the tour you’re looking for!
The Algarve offers a wealth of exclusive resorts, restaurants and clubs. But you’ll be happy to know that for those of us who do know what the bottom of our wallet looks like (or those who just enjoy the charm of staying amongst the plebs), Lagos is the place to be as well. The town is filled with cheap hostels and hotels and reasonably priced apartments and surf camps. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it. Just make sure to book ahead if you’re planning to come in summer or you might end up spending the night under the stars.
Navigate away from any town’s main street to find the hidden (and often more affordable) restaurants. They often have a cheap daily special too! Expect to spend around 20 euro pp on average for a main course, two drinks and a dessert. But an evening out under 10 is definitely possible!
Surfing not really your thing? Or just looking for something to do on your day of? Whatever your desired intensity level – you’ll be able to find an activity of your liking around here. Adrenaline junkies can go kitesurfing, diving or maybe jump out of a plane for a change. Regular junkies might be happier just hanging out at a beach bar or on a booze cruise. And everyone in between can do everything in between: from SUP-tours to mountain biking and from dolphin watching to power kiting, just drop by our surf shop in the centre of Lagos and we’ll find you something to do!
7. Fun for everyone
Lagos is truly fun for everyone. Whether you’re a die-hard surfer, a party-goer, a beach connoisseur, a young family, an old family, a honeymoon couple, a happy camper, a sports(wo)man, a nature lover, a quiet person, a social seeker, a foodie, a single, married or ‘it’s complicated’ person, a sun admirer, or even still in search of yourself. The only danger of Lagos is that you might decide to never leave.
Like we did.
So come find the Jah Shaka crew at our shop or camps in Lagos and find out why this is the place to be for yourselves.
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Don't you just hate having to get your sandy legs into your black leather pants after a day on the beach? We might have the perfect solution for you! New in Jah Shaka Surf shop: Amuse Society – the young designer brand for those beach babes that love to show their rebellious rock 'n roll side.
Amuse Society is a California based beach lifestyle brand founded by long-time friends Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp. Their style is a perfect mix of comfortable beach wear and a rock-chic edge (hello sexy play suit!). Even though the brand was only established in 2014, Fry and Rapp have managed to become the hottest new brand in the surfing industry. They've created a signature style that they describe themselves as
“An archetype of beach chic designed for the femme who embraces the free spirit of a rock muse on a beach holiday”
There is good reason for everyone's eyes to be on this couple right now. The girls have extensive experience in surfing apparel. Fry and Rapp were Vice President of Women's for Volcom and Quicksilver/Roxy respectively before they partnered with Paul Naude to set up Amuse Society. That last name ring the bell as well? Oh, he's only the former President of Billabong who is also responsible for the successful launch of VISSLA and D'Blanc – which can also be found in Jah Shaka Surf shop.
Amuse Society does not only want to create beautiful beachwear, but 'a culture that supports woman and their craft' as well.
And now this hot brand is available to the humble surfers of Portugal's Algarve as well. From high-rise bikini bottoms to sexy laser-cut neoprenes, from one-of-a-kind hand tie-dyed dresses to studded black shorts, from flowing printed tops to comfy sweaters and much more – do you need any more convincing?
Visit the Amuse Society blog or if you're near Lagos, just come check out their collection at Jah Shaka Surf shop! We'll throw in a free smile and talk while we're at it.
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Surfing in board-shorts is a rare happening in Portugal even in summer. In winter, this will never happen. With your shredding obsession and the perfect wave conditions in winter, you will want to surf anyway! Here are 5 must-haves, when surfing through Portugal´s winter:
4/3 mm RIP CURL Flashbomb
With 20C water temperature in summer season in Portugal, you can surf in 3/2 mm wetsuit up till October. When the water cools down to 17C in winter, you need to step up your game. The Rip Curl 4/3 Flashbomb has special flash lining on the inside, an orange furry-feel fabric that keeps an extra layer of warm air between the suit and your body. The flash lining dries super-fast, so it´s comfortable for your second surf of the day.
You just went for an amazing surf, walked all the way back to the car, and you're taking off your wet wetsuit in the fresh winter breeze, struggling and trying to hold up your towel. We've all been there. So, throw old fashioned towels in the bin, and get a towel poncho! Pull it over your head, stay nice and warm, and take your wetsuit off comfortably without worrying about showing those cold private parts to the rest of the world.
At Jah Shaka Surf shop you can find this North Core poncho-towels in different colours.
We all love beanies. Let's face it, everybody does! They´re warm, they cover your after-surf cold ears, and they just look awesome! Surfing in winter is just another reason to expand your beanie wardrobe.
Keep your body warm from the inside-out. Most restaurants and beach bars will be closed in winter on the smaller beaches in the Algarve, so don´t leave the house without a coffee tumbler.
Hoodies & booties
For the real sufferers amongst us, who'd almost rather stay at home than surf in 17C water, just cover up completely. Change those beloved flip-flops for a few winter months and get cosily wrapped up in a surf hoodie, covering (neck and) ears. Adding this to your 4/3 wetsuit, you won´t feel cold, guaranteed!
Now you can order branded Jah Shaka Surf hoodies online and we get a free delivery around Portugal all winter long! Feel free to contact us!
1. GLOBE Skateboards, from 132€ 2. GoPro Mouth Mount, 58€ 3. Wallet HERSCHEL, 35€ 4. NorthCore Wetsuit hook up, 13€ 5. FCS Premium Soft car racks, 60€ 6. Double face beanie VISSLA, 22€ 7. SEXWAX cold water, 3€ 8. Funky socks CHEAPO BRAND, 6€ 9. Snow goggles VONZIPPER, 72€ 10. System Surfboards, from 315€
Christmas is just around the corner! Time to think about presents for your favourite surfers! We have a few great gift ideas for those who surf, skate and have the active lifestyle - they will be thankful to Santa for a handy present, even if they haven't asked for it!
The Globe skateboard is the perfect way to cruise around and move your way to school or work. Not too big, not too small, just the right size! A smooth wooden finish along the bottom, with a hard grit on the top to give that good grip. Always fun to skate around the city centres to do your shopping and easy to travel with. We have a variety of them at Jah Shaka Surf shop in Lagos.
The way to film your surfing has changed! Never thought of the new perspective? Easy and comfortable to use the Go Pro mouth mount is really the one you need. It also allows bite support for a super stable footage and easy breathable tube to use just the same way as you snorkel.
Wallets are the great personal gift for men. More space equals more spending on these great gifts. It is the one you need! Don't forget to put a little banknote inside from Santa - it is said to be a bad luck if giving an empty wallet.
Always having to leave your wet wetsuit lying around? Well grab one of these hooks to stop the mess! They are also magnetic! You can hang it onto your car and let your wetsuit to dry while chilling at the beach after surf. It has a strong magnet so it wouldn't fall off even if you forget it out there on your van. Great idea if you like travelling with your camper van!
The perfect soft car roof racks will let your boards stay safe on the car. The rack can hold up to 3 shortboards or 2 longboards. One easy item to forget when renting a car! You will need them. From all the range of roof straps and racks available on the market nowadays, FCS Premium Soft racks have one of the highest rating in its quality/price category.
Still sunny days here in Portugal, but the cold crispy wind will catch you out. The beanie is not only a trendy item but will keep your head nice and warm just like Granny said "Keep your ears warm!". This VISSLA one is also double face so you can have two colours in one!
The best wax for your surfboard in the cold Atlantic waters and also it's environmental friendly! Made of 100% recycled fibres and non-toxic. Another SEX WAX bar is always good idea for the Christmas stockings.
Cold feet this winter? A pair of the funky CHEAPO socks to warm them up! We love Cheapos for it's hawaiian print that makes you smile in the chilly winter days. Another stocking's idea!
Snow season is here! If you are going to spend the winter in the mountains – get ready beforehand to beat the resort shop's crazy prices on the equipment in the high season! Otherwise you can just pretend it's snowing in Portugal as well, why not? And where those goggles around - 100% UV protection with an ergonomic frame design!
... And the legendary System surfboards in stock! Full range of styles: Minimal, Evolution, Fish and Short boards. We offer fins and leash for FREE! And a good discount on tail pad and board-bag too!
Find more about System Surfboards in our review here.
Stop by JahShaka surf shop in Lagos to check all the gear out and feel free to contact us about sizes, models and colours available!