short john

Minimum-protection shoulder-strap wetsuit design, covering a surfer's trunk, chest, back, and thighs, usually constructed with two-millimeter neoprene and a small back zipper. The short john— or "shorty"—is one of the original surfing wetsuits, along with the legs-covered long john and the front- zip long- or short-sleeve jacket. From the mid-'50s until the mid-'60s, short johns were often used f...

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