Roger has mentioned one aspect of the differences, and I would like
to mention another which has to do with how the suit fits the purpose it
was designed for.
Consider the body position that most SCUBA divers maintain while
swimming underwater and that they tend to maintain that basic alignment
most of the time. They are also submerged completely most of the time. A
windsurfer can be in many positions and needs to have a lot more
flexibility of position. The arms are extended at a different angle and
thus the shoulders of the suits are designed differently.
Windsurfers are in and out of the water, and, as Roger mentioned, need
more windproofing while not minding some flow thru of water. Too tight
in the forearms on a windsurfing suit will tend to cramp your arms very
quickly. Windsurfers have many more combinations of air and water
temperatures to deal with. There are also many different weights and
styles of ws suits from neoprene shorts and shirts, thru "shorties" of
different weights, to convertibles to steamers and on to drysuits.
So while it will be possible to use a Scuba suit, you will find that a
suit designed for windsurfing will be more user friendly for your
purposes. If you can find a shop in your region, or even a more western
European shop that does mail order via catalog, I would recommend
checking out what they have available.
> I'm a windsurfing beginner, trying to buy a light wet suit to extend my
> windsurfing season from summer deeper into spring and autumn. No windsurf
> shops where I live - only diving shops. Questions:
> 1. What is the difference (if any) of windsurfing suits from diving suits?
> 2. Can I use a light diving suit as effectively?
> 3. Does anybody have windsurf shop addresses in Slovenia, Austria and North
> Thanks and have fun.