I’m in Madison, WI area and like to start next year early when air is warm, but Water may be cold. I will use an iSUP that I paddle standing, but also sitting with kayak paddle. I envision to have time starting end of April or early May.
I’ve been trying to find historic lake temps, but only found some going back to June this year indicating they are around 25°C in summer, and 10°C now.
I realize the danger is a) being in the cold water. But it should be easy to climb back on an iSUP. And b) being on the boat with wet clothes. It may be possible to change into dry clothes, though. But it would be nicer to just wear clothes (i.e. dry/wet suit) that take care of that keep and me automatically warmer.
- at what water temps do I need wet or dry suit?
- Does anyone have a good source for historic water temps in Madison, WI that also includes a spring season?
- Assuming air could be warmish, and paddling can be exhausting, what type of suit would not make me sweat?
- what sort of rating or type should I look at for the above conditions? We talk only short time in water and not arctic temps.
The only local stores here are REI (they have nothing actually in the store, online only) and Rutabaga (but their website doesn’t show if they actually have anything they show). So I likely need to order something. It looks like wet-suits are much cheaper (duh!). since this is just to extend my season by a month or so, I don’t want to spend excessive money. My hope is some cheaper stuff from Amazon will do
If someone could point me at what type of suit I need, I can narrow it down more.