29 March 2009

Toga Beach Changing Towel Review

Once I saw my old surfing buddy D change into his wetsuit in the rain while simultaneously holding both an umbrella and a towel around his waist. I still don't know how he pulled that off without dropping either.

Jamie models a Toga Beach changing towel in hot pink.
In a pinch I can manage the towel-changing act, but I prefer a hands-free, less-risky robe. The blue hibiscus changing robe I've used for several years has worn out, so I just got a new changing towel from Toga Beach (motto: "Don't get caught with your pants down"). "Robe" is a loose description; it's basically two towels sewn together on three sides with openings for head and arms. Very handy for drying off and changing apr├Ęs-surf, and a pretty good deal at only $16 from Swim Outlet. I got a hot pink one since S talked me out of getting a pink Gath helmet, but it also comes in blue and tan.

7 comments:

  1. Cute cat. There's an invention for everything. I just risk the towel blowing aside and exposing bits of me but that very rarely happens. I am pretty good at the towel change now. Sometimes in the past I have been able to just let it all hang out as there is often no one else on the beach (except Robin of course) More recently there always seems to be someone there even if its just a curious tourist.

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  2. Too cold here for that most of the time, even if there wasn't always a crowd! Must be nice to have the beach to yourselves.

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  3. It is bliss! But even down here near Antarctica it is changing rapidly, more and more people have come over for the boom in Western Australia. Perhaps the 'financial crisis' will send them all back to the eastern states. It must be very cold where you are. It's a surprise because I always had this ignorant picture of 'sunny California' in my mind.

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  4. Maybe you never heard the famous Mark Twain quote: "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

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  5. Yes you are right - I haven't heard that quote, we don't tend to study Mark Twain here in our mainstream education system, but I have heard of him. I have to admit that many of us Aussies remain fairly ignorant about other countries. That's what you get when you delude people they are living in paradise I guess. The heaviest wetsuit we use is usually a 3-4 and you can get away without wearing booties and a balaclava all year, even here in the south. But we tend to wear our suits all year cos the water is cold. Except a few really tropical days when you can wear boardies and a rashie (or a bikini if you want to be decorative!!)

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  6. We US Americans tend to be pretty ignorant of the outside world too, sad to say.
    The winter water temp here is around 50F/10C and by end of summer may warm up to about 60F/15C. Air temps range from below 40F/4C on January dawn patrols to near 80F/26C on a few rare sunny summer afternoons. I get cold easily as a little person, so right now I'm in a 5/4 with hood/gloves/booties and a polypro thermal rashguard. In summer I shed neoprene to a 4/3 sans hood. But more hardy folk make do with less protection from the cold.

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  7. I had to Google it but water temp here ranges from 18-20 degress (I don't know what that is in Fahrenheit) Crikeys....hard work in a 5/4!!
    This part of West Australia is cooler then Perth (we are 400 kms south of our capital city) but we have had a few 40 degrees plus the last few years so I wonder if temperatures are hotting up.

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