I live and surf in Santa Barbara (Actually had to stop surfing due to recent injury that surgeon says will prevent me from surfing this Winter[
]). I love my Quiksilver Cypher chest zip suit. See it here on-line:http://www.jackssurfboards.com/products/fullsuits/545/CF301MS123/quiksilver-32mm-cypher-chest-zip-wetsuit---mens
I first saw one of these Cypher suits at Channel Island surf shop near the intersection of Anacapa and E. Mason Streets. Sometimes they have these wetsuits on close-out, so you should look there. Failing that, consider buying it from Jack's (in-store or mail order) in Huntington Beach. That's what I had to do because Channel Island didn't have my size.
The Lotus West wetsuit has more panels and stitching than my Cypher. So, it is hard to imagine it is as stretchy. That kind of thing matters a lot to me. My Cypher suit has only a few large, ultra-stretchy panels, and glued seams.
If you haven't done this: you could sit down with the Yellow pages and place a brief phone call to every surf shop that is listed. They answer and you say, "Hi. Do you have any West wetsuits." They answer. You say, "Thank you. Good bye." It'll take you about 45 seconds per shop. This is how I deal with equipment that I need for work (pumps, hose, pipe, blowers, adhesives, etc).