The best surf watches in the world in 2022

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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.

They 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, direction, etc.

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

Take a look at the top surf watches for the 2022 season: 

Garmin Instinct Solar Surf

Garmin Instinct Solar Surf

Meet the world's best surf watch.

The Garmin Instinct Solar Surf is a powerful smartwatch that allows you to check tide and weather data anywhere in the world, track and record your surf session, and monitor your heart rate and oxygen saturation levels.

This solar-powered wrist computer comes with dozens of additional innovative and handy features that will help you stay fit and healthy.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6

If you own an iPhone, this is the right pick.

Not only does it feature dozens of everyday apps, but it also allows you to install surf forecast and GPS tracking apps like Dawn Patrol.

It is swim-proof and has a water resistance rating of 50 meters.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Casio GBX-100NS

Casio GBX-100NS

The G-Shock GBX-100NS is the first surf watch from Casio featuring a Bluetooth connection to an app.

The user's smartphone can retrieve tide information, moon data, and sunrise and sunset times for 3,000 surf breaks worldwide.

The watch has a high-resolution MIP LCD that displays a graph with tide levels and a sturdy guard structure that protects the core against outside impacts.

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.

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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Casio G-Shock G7900A

Casio G-Shock G7900A

Casio G-Shock G7900A is a shock-resistant sports watch featuring tide and moon graphs, world time, a chronograph, and auto electro-luminescent backlight.

It is water-resistant to 200 meters.

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 to track your surf, register your top speed and distance and rack up your wave count in each session.

Later, you can share location maps, images, and graphic charts with your friends with the mobile app. It also features sunrise-sunset times and moon phases.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Rip Curl Next Tide

Rip Curl Next Tide

Rip Curl Next Tide is a new-generation surf timepiece featuring 500 pre-programmed global tide locations.

The watch showcases a precise tide height graph, next tide time, and a future tide function.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Rip Curl Rifles Tide

Rip Curl Rifles Tide

It comes with 500 pre-programmed tide locations in a graph or detailed display.

It is light, easy to use, and it was tested to 100-meter water resistance.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon High Tide

Nixon High Tide

The Nixon High Tide is a sustainable surf watch made with recycled ocean plastic.

It features a bold high-resolution screen that can be customized with your favorite surf break.

The watch has pre-programmed tide, sun, and moon data for 550 locations, as well as a chronograph with an action time stamp and a countdown timer.

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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Nixon Rival

Nixon Rival

Nixon Rival is a surf watch pre-programmed tide information for 550 beaches around the world.

Check current, future, and past tide time with height coefficient, as well as sunrise/sunset data.

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.

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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Freestyle Shark Classic Tide

Freestyle Shark Classic Tide

It includes sunrise and sunset times to complement its 150 beaches of pre-programmed tide data. The brand calls it "the perfect surf watch."

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Timex Allied Tide Temp Compass

Timex Allied

Timex Allied is a strap watch featuring a tide tracker, a digital air and water temperature sensor, an electronic compass, and a night-light function.

It is water-resistant to 100 meters.

Buy: Amazon.com


The surf watch review has been updated on November 25, 2021.

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