On a rainy day, I watched my surf buddy change into his wetsuit while simultaneously holding a towel around his waist and an umbrella. I’m not that coordinated, and as a woman, I’ve got more to cover up.
Fortunately, I’ve also got a Changing Towel, like this one from Robie Robe. It’s basically two thick towels sewn together but with reinforced openings for your arms and head, plus a small pocket.
There’s plenty of room to change underneath, with no more worries about flashing the parking lot. And in a pinch, it can do double-duty as a board sock on short trips.
Buy the Robie Robe here.