I have never surfed in NorCal nor have I ever purchased a wetsuit for surfing. However, having done this strictly by researching online and reading other reviews, I couldn't have been happier with my choice. I'm a 5'4" 120 lbs female and I often struggle in finding stuff that fits me. I usually have to go the kids route, but was also worried because that often means quality is skipped out. Not the case with this suit. I have no mobility issues in this suit while surfing nor do I get cold. I typically surf Capitola, where the water is between 55-58 degrees.