• Menu
  • Menu
best surf watches surfing apple ripcurl nixon

The Best Surf Watches In The World – For Every Budget

Looking for the best surf watches in the world? Here’s everything you need to find your perfect surf watch – inc Apple Watch, Ripcurl GPS and Nixon watches

Are you looking at investing in a new surf watch?

Trying to figure out the best surf watches to choose from?

Well whether your want a simple tidal watch or go all out and track your surf sessions using GPS and forth over all the stats here are the best surf watches in the world, with something to suit every budget…

 

The Best Surf Watches In The World – For Every Budget

Apple Watch

best surf watches apple surf watch dawn patrolHonestly if you’re looking for my opinion on the best surf watch in the world right now I’d say it’s the Apple Watch!

Hang on – an apple surf watch? Have they made one?

Well technically no – but with the help of a couple of Apple Watch apps call Surface and Dawn Patrol you can tweak you Apple Watch series 3 or 4 (yes both are waterproof!) to not only display the tide time for your local break, but also the latest surf report AND track your surf sessions using GPS data!

And not only that but you then get access to all the other Apple Watch features, push notification from your phone and other apps for everyday life – wining!

Check out my full Apple Surf Watch guide for the full lowdown on how to make it happen!

Tide tracking = Yes (worldwide)

GPS surf tracking = Yes

Price = from $349

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Ripcurl Search GPS Series 2

best surf watches surfing ripcurl gps series 2On the look out for a surf watch dedicated to all things surfing? Well the Ripcurl Search GPS Series 2 is geared up for everything wave related!

Designed to give you all the latest info on swell, wind and tides the Ripcurl Search GPS Series 2 also allows you to track all your waves too. Sync your surf sessions to the app and see all your stats from paddle distance to top speed the Ripcurl Search GPS also allows you to track other sports too like snowboarding, which is an added bonus.

Admittedly the analogue display isn’t quite as clean and modern as the Apple Watch (it’s a little on the chunky side too!) but it will save you about $100 if you’re trying to get value for money as well!

Tide tracking = Yes (worldwide)

GPS surf tracking = Yes

Price = from $250

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Ripcurl Search GPS Series 1

best surf watches surfing ripcurl gps series 1Loving the Ripcurl Search GPS Series 2 but not the price tag? Well the Series 1 is an alternative if you can find one on the market!

Slightly chunkier and not quite as well rounded as it’s new younger brother the Ripcurl Search Series 1 still ticks all the boxes for everything you want in a surf watch – including tide, wind and swell details as well as surf sessions tracking and app syncing.

Annoyingly it’s now discounted from Amazon, but check out Ebay and what not to see if you can grab a cheeky second hand bargain!

Tide tracking = Yes (worldwide)

GPS surf tracking = Yes

Price = ?

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Nixon Ultra Tide

best surf watches surfing nixon ultratidePowered by Surfline the Nixon Ultra Tide surf watch has the claim as the first “smart” surf watch – featuring everything from live surf conditions, wind and tides to water temperature, weather conditions and even the Surfline official rating for your selected spot!

Managed via an iOS app it (sorry Android users!) it however doesnt have the full GPS functionality the Ripcurl Search and Apple Watch have – so no surf tracking unfortunately.

And with a price point right up there with the two it’s unlikely you’ll end up sinking the cash into the ultra tide unless you’re swung by the design. Still it’s worth including just as a comparison

Tide tracking = Yes (worldwide)

GPS surf tracking = YNo

Price = $300

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Nixon The Mission

best surf watches surfing nixon mission smartphone sports watchDesigned with all extreme sports in mind the Nixon Mission also doubles up as an epic surf watch!

This time around it works with both iOS and Android, syncing via a mobile app where you can setup the display to give you the latest surf report, tide tracking and other stats as well as customise the watch face too.

In fact it’s an all round smartwatch mainly aimed at the Android market.

If you’re wanting to track your surf session it can in theory do that, however after you dig past all the marketing b*llshit you’ll soon discover that this is when you pair the watch to the “Trace” app, however this also requires a separate device (sold separately of course!) which you then stick to your surfboard.

…and with a price point at around $300 it’s another option I’m sure you’ll probably dismiss!

Tide tracking = Yes (worldwide)

GPS surf tracking = Yes (well kinda!)

Price = around $300

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Ripcurl Rifles Tide

best surf watches surfing ripcurl rifle tidesIf you’re not worried about tracking your surf sessions and simply want access to the tides then the Ripcurl Rifles tide watch has been a staple surf watch for years.

Newly refreshed with a slimmed down look and less analogue display it has stood the test of time.

Although it’s simple enough in terms of display it can be slightly fiddly to swap between tide location (so best if you’re sticking to a single break) but you do have access to over 500 tidal spots across the globe.

At under $120 it’s a greta option for those who want some surf data and not splash some serious cash!

Tide tracking = Yes (500 locations)

GPS surf tracking = No

Price = $119

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Freestyle Shark Classic Tide

best surf watches surfing Freestyle Shark Classic TideA slight curveball here in the fact it’s not a well known watch brand – the Shark Classic Tide by Freestyle is the cheapest surf watch on the list at around $100.

Again don’t expect any fancy GPS surf session tracking – but you will have access to tide and sunset/sunrise data for 150 destinations across the globe.

If you’re looking for the most budget friendly surf watch out there this is definitely it!

Tide tracking = Yes (150 locations)

GPS surf tracking = No

Price = $100

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Vestal The Brig

best surf watches surfing Vestal The BrigThe only surf watch on the list that boasts being designed by a pro surfer – The Big by Vestal was designed by South African charger Jordy Smith.

Another great budget surf watch (now under $120) this offers 200 tidal locations and has as bit more of a sleeker interface than budget rival the Shark Classic.

Again don’t expect GPS surf tracking with this one, but a pretty epic option if you’re looking for a reliable and user friendly tidal watch that isn’t going to break the bank.

Tide tracking = Yes (200 locations)

GPS surf tracking = No

Price = $120

Click here for more info and to buy

 

Best Surf Watch Overall

If you’re looking for the best surf watch overall then seriously the Apple Watch is the obvious choice, especially if you’re an iPhone user! Not only can you get the full surf report, tides and wind on the watch face but you can also track all your sessions too using GPS technology.

And on top of that the full Apple ecosystem of apps for everything else going on in your life too!

It’s a no brainer really!

 

Best Surf Watch – Tidal Tracker

If you’re a bit more budget conscious or not wanting all the extra fancy features of the Apple Watch or even Ripcurl Search GPS Series 2 and want to stick with a traditional tidal surf watch then I’m going to say the Ripcurl Rifles Tide surf watch is the way to go.

Heaps of colour options, tried and tested design – it’s like the Casio of surf watches!

 

Have you tested out any of the above surf watches?

Any feedback to add?

 

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *