What is a Rash Guard?
A rash guard is a lightweight shirt used under a wetsuit, to prevent sports related skin hazards, including chaffing and sunburn. After prolonged use of a wetsuit, especially in salt water, chaffing can occur near elbows, knees and other areas where wrinkled parts of the suit come in contact with the skin. Some rash guards are made with UV protection to prevent sunburn.
Rashguards are composed of lightweight fabric that helps to wick moisture away from the skin. Their lightweight design allows them to be used even in warm weather.
Rash guards also make a style statement in the surfing community. Stylish brands of rash guards, including Roxy and O'Neill, are very popular because of their bold colors and designs.