When you get out of the water, rinse your wetsuit off with fresh, cool water. Salt water is one of neoprene’s worst enemies. As time goes by, the salt water will break down the particles, damaging the elasticity and functionality of your suit. Rinse your suit off in the shower, or if you are on the go, keep a tub and a water bottle in the back of your car to rinse it off right away. Never put your wetsuit in the washing machine and do not use hot water to clean it. If you use it regularly, or just have a smelly wetsuit, you should hand wash it every two weeks with a mild soap – like baby shampoo or special wetsuit soap from a surf shop. Finally, hang your suit up to dry on a thick hanger. Don’t fold it up or let it dry in the sun because the rays will damage the fabric.
After a day at the beach or a morning surf-sesh, rinse your swimsuit with tap water and hand wash with a mild soap in cool water. While it is rare for the average person to have the patience or motivation to do all of this, just throw your swimsuit in the tub with your wetsuit to save time. It is convenient and worth it. After cleaning it, hang it up to dry. Once again, never put your swimsuit in the washing machine, dryer or out in the sun. Ever.
Just like the rest of your gear, rinse off your board with tap water after getting out of the ocean because the salt water is damaging over time. Also, invest in a good quality board bag or board sock to keep on your board whenever you are not riding it to avoid mishaps. If you are going to break your board, break it on an epicly huge wave, not from dropping it in your garage.