Lycra surf shirt
In the meantime, the field of application of classic Lycras has changed. Rashguards used to be worn under neoprene suits to prevent possible skin irritation. To be fair, it has to be said that the wetsuits from back then have almost nothing to do with today's. The material has undergone an incredible development and the modern suits are many times more comfortable, more flexible and warmer. Today, the classic Lycra is worn more in combination with board shorts and only in exceptional cases under the neoprene suit.
The main feature of Lycra is sun protection. Often in Caribbean/tropical regions the sun is the limiting factor as to how long you can stay in the water. The solar radiation is enormous because it is additionally reflected by the water surface. In addition, sunscreens are a bit waterproof, but never to the extent that you would be protected for 3 hours. Therefore all Lycras have at least a UPF 30, if not even UPF 50.
The lycras have a relatively tight cut and most surfers wear the lycras in such a way that they do not wrinkle. Luckily, they're very stretchy, so they're still comfortable to wear. The advantage of the tight cut is that the Lycra hardly slips and sits properly even after adventurous wipeouts.
Especially as a surfer from Switzerland, one is dependent on optimal sun protection; That's why we also have Lycras in stock as long-sleeved models.
Surf shirts as a clothing category are relatively new. The material properties are similar to Lycra: Sun protection and quick-drying are the essential properties. In contrast to the lycras, the cut of the surf shirts is similar to that of a normal t-shirt. This has the advantage that you can practically fly on vacation with a single T-shirt. Because it looks like a normal T-shirt, you can confidently wear the same shirt in the bar, on the plane, hotel, restaurant or when driving a scooter, just as we keep on when surfing the web. Of course, the further cut takes a bit of getting used to when surfing. Because the shirt sticks to the wax on the board, but you can almost turn around your own axis in the shirt, paddling is a bit shaky at first. But you get used to it relatively quickly, so that in the end the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
However, for sports where you spend a lot of time in/under water, we only recommend short-sleeved shirts, paddling with a long-sleeved surf shirt can be much more rigorous because the sleeves fill with water.