Surf watches: featuring swell and wind forecast, tides, and moon phases

Surf watches have become an increasingly important gear item for surfers and wave riders.

In the last ten years, the surf industry has been developing action sports watches that actually measure and forecast tides for thousands of surf spots across the world.

The so-called tide watches indicate the low and high tide times for any particular surf break on the planet, allowing you to know when to go in America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Oceania.

After decades of oceanographic studies, the planet's tidal movements became somehow predictable, and therefore data was stored in modern surf wristwatches.

But surf watch manufacturers went the extra mile and added a few additional and useful features like wave counters, dawn/sunset times, and moon phases, transforming watches into smart surf computers.

More recently, men's and women's surf watches have been introducing GPS and WiFi systems that allow users to update and check the ocean conditions in any spot, and in real-time.

You get all the information you need to score big time - wave height, wave period, water temperature, wind speed and direction, etc.

The most reliable tide watch manufacturers are Apple, Casio, Rip Curl, Nixon, Vestal, and Freestyle.

Take a look at the top surf watches for the 2018/2019 season:

 

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4

The world's best surf watch. If you own an iPhone, this is the right pick. Not only it features dozens of everyday apps, but it also allows you to install surf forecast and GPS tracking apps like Dawn Patrol. It is swimproof, and has water resistance rating of 50 meters. Only $399.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Casio GLX5600

Casio GLX5600

Casio entered the market with a surf watch with tide and moon graphs, and a moon age data chart that anchors the face of the timepiece, allowing for the most precise tide and surf swell recordings. Only $101.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Casio G-Shock Frogman GF1000

Casio G-Shock Frogman GF1000

The best surf watch in the G-Shock series is the Frogman GF1000, an incredible solar-powered portable computer with direction, altitude/barometric pressure, temperature, tide graphs and moon phases. It can be yours for $501.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

 

Casio G-Shock G-Lide GAX100B-1A

Casio G-Shock G-Lide GAX100B-1A

A robust pick with analog and digital tide times. It also features a temperature sensor for only $99.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Rip Curl Search GPS 2

Rip Curl Search GPS 2

A watch that tracks your surf. It's Rip Curl's jewel of the crown. It allows you track your surf, register your top speed and distance and rack up your wave count in each session. Later, you can share location maps, image and graphic charts with your friends with the mobile app. Also features sunrise-sunset times and moon phases. Only $300.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Rip Curl Rifles Tide

Rip Curl Rifles Tide

It comes with 500 pre-programmed tide locations in graph or detailed display. It is light, easy to use, and it was tested to 100-meter water-resistance. Only $219.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Rip Curl Drifter Tide

Rip Curl Drifter Tide

A robust surf watch that comes with 500 pre programmed tide locations, thermometer, alarm, countdown timer, chronograph, dual time, and light. Only $122.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon Mission

Nixon Mission

It is one of the most popular surf watches by Nixon. If you own an Android smartphone, this is your best choice. Nixon Mission is a smartwatch equipped with a preloaded app that streamlines real-time surf-and-snow alerts to your wrist. Only $491.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon Ultratide

Nixon Ultratide

Meet one of the world's smartest surf watches. It features wireless Bluetooth technology, to provide you with real time data: tide, wave height, swell direction, wind direction and speed, water and air temperatures, geo locating the closest break so you'll never not know. A wise move for Apple smartphone fans. Yours for $299.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon Unit

Nixon Unit

Features a large graph showing current tide and 48 hours of past/future tides and 48 hours of past and future tide info for 270 beaches worldwide. Only $88.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon Supertide

Nixon Supertide

With the rhythm of the tide displayed in high-resolution detail, the watch syncs you up with the motion of the ocean so you know exactly when to go. Featuring programmed tide charts, as well as sunrise/sunset data for over 230 beaches. Only $171.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon Base Tide Pro

Nixon Base Tide Pro

A simplified tide watch with pre-programmed tide information for 550 beaches around the world and sunrise/sunset times. It can be your for $100.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon October Tide

Nixon October Tide

A modern classic with an analog tidal twist. With this submarine-inspired, light, high-strength titanium case, you'll be able to dive up to a maximum depth of 660 feet (200 meters). Only $164.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Vestal Brig Tide & Train

Vestal Brig Tide & Train

It features a digital tide graph with current tide height, and tracks the tide at over 200 beaches worldwide for the next 20 years. It's worth the $140.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Freestyle Shark Classic Tide

Freestyle Shark Classic Tide

It includes sunrise and sunset times to compliment its 150 beaches of pre-programmed tide data. The brand calls it "the perfect surf watch" and can be yours for $100.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Freestyle Mariner Tide

Freestyle Mariner Tide

It comes with tide height and time information, and sunrise/sunset times. Only $100.

Buy: Amazon.com


The surf watch review has been updated on November 23, 2018.

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