Why you need it
The Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch tracks how far you paddle in a session, see how fast you are surfing and how many waves you catch.
GPS tracking, tide times, wave count, wave speed indicator, session timer, distance paddled function…..for the fashion conscious it comes in black and white and it also tells the time.
Why you will love it
The watch is rechargeable, with 10 hour surf time with GPS tracking on and a claim of 6 months of regular use between charges, the GPS also allows you to auto-set the time and tide to your local break and has 1360 tides locations provided.
After a surf you can transfer all the recorded information from the watch to an app on a smart phone or I pad to keep as a permanent record. The app then uploads all the data to a Google maps picture of your local break, tracking all your waves ridden for the day and provides stats on wave heights, wind direction and time of the tide you were surfing at.
Why you will hate it
The price! Coming in at around the $500 mark it is a very expensive toy, however, if you love surfing, it’s well worth the money. It takes a bit of mucking around to work out all the functions but the watch is user friendly and there are heaps of forums on YouTube if you get stuck.