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Surfing the Web In today’s massive Internet ocean, it can be easy to drown in the overwhelming possibilities…With so much information at our fingertips, we can be easily misled, and just like surfing in the actual ocean, we need to be selective in which waves to catch. If you are a serious surfer on the search for the best conditions, then the times are over of just showing up to the beach with your fingers crossed. . To score the best waves now-a-days, it’s important to have a few reliable resources with professionals behind the scenes mapping, analysing, and accurately forecasting each unique swell event. They’ll help you know when to go, where to go, and which days to call in “sick” from work     What are the waves doing now? Surfline Surfline started 30 years ago as a call-in surf report throughout Southern California. Since then, they have expanded worldwide with host of LIVE SURF CAMS to virtually transport yourself to the best surf beaches in the world. LOLA-300x147 Surfline also has an experienced team of meteorologists and oceanographers constantly monitoring the global wave/storm activity. Impressively, they can accurately (mas o menos) predict swell events up to 2 weeks in advance to help you plan that last minute trip!   Surfline-1-295x211 They’ve pretty much got it all. From the forecasts and webcams to current events and swell stories. Check out contest results, the latest in surfing web clips, or their very own surfing travel guide. Coastal Watch Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 10.37.48 amUsing their camera network and working with some of the country’s pre-eminent coastal scientists our monitoring arm, CoastalCOMS, provides vital real-time data on beach erosion, risk and surf quality for councils and governments, lifeguards and rescue services.   What are the waves doing tomorrow? Magic Seaweed 21bb2780-cc24-4c01-8303-1b21c237ce6a-211x211   This is another great forecasting site. They give each day a 1-5 star rating based on their observations making it easier for the rest of us. Plus, I always liked the name :)Always remember, when forecasting waves, it’s smart to check an array of sources   Swellinfo.com swellinfo_new_logo-300x84 This is a personal favorite of mine. Besides having incredible forecasting maps, Swellinfo breaks down the surf into the the must-know variables. Swell period, swell angle, wave size, and daily tides are all key characteristics that change with every swell and will 100% impact the quality of your session. Check it out yourself   And if I just want to Surf the Internet? Surfermag.com Since 1959 Surfermag is been a core surf publication for over 50 years bringing surfers iconic images and stories since their first issue in 1959. Although they still publish a monthly hard-copy, their web based platform provides professional content on a day-to-day basis.

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1. SEARCH GPS

The Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch is like no other in the lineup. It is the best technology we have seen come out surf watches. Sync your data to the Rip Curl Search App or Website to re-live your surf with location maps, image sharing and graphic charts which showcase your session. A1111_BLACK_1 Features including:
  • Top Speed and distance records
  • Wave count
  • Track every wave with assisted GPS
  • 10 hours GPS surf time
  • Sync your surf to the cloud
  • One touch auto-set with 1,360 tide locations
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  • Cost: $389.
 

2. RAGLAN TIDE TITANIUM

The Raglan Tidemaster Titanium features Rip Curl's famous Automatic Tide System. The solid titanium construction means maximum durability at a very light weight. Meticulous dial detail displays tide height and direction, moon phase, date, and seconds. The rugged custom screw down crown ensures 200M water resistance. 711A-HabFrL._UX342_
Features including:
  • Heat Bezel-A countdown timer on an analog watch.
  • Keeps track of time for anything from surf heats to the remaining time on a parking meter.
  • 200M water resistance.
  • Spring and Neap, Moonphase
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  • Cost: $475.
 

3. K55 TIDEMASTER SILICONE STEEL

The new K55 - Tidemaster is the latest edition to Rip Curl's product line of tide watches and has all the necessary functionality as the original analog tide watch but re-designed with a stealthy fresh look to keep you low-profile when you're on The Search for the perfect wave. It features a high grade 316L marine grade stainless steel case to resist any rust or corrosion when exposed to a marine environment, scratch resistant mineral crystal lens. A1091_0090_1_zoom Features including:
  • 9 jeweled internal movement for precision accuracy
  • ATS tide function
  • spring/neap moon phase function
  • Water resistant up to 200 meters
  • 5 year warranty
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  • Cost: $250.

4. MF TRESTLES PRO WORLD TIDE

Our best selling tide watch the Trestles now comes as a signature team rider edition called the Trestles Pro. The (Mick Fanning) Trestles Pro uses our World Tide technology and is packed with local knowledge for over 500 waves around the planet and each spot is pre-loaded with best tide, wind direction and swell size information to help you score the best surf. It has an , and comes with a silicone wrapped 44mm case and silicone strap for our most comfortable fit yet. A1100_0090_1_zoom
Features including:
  • internal digital compass
  • sunrise & sunset times
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • 5 year warranty
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  • Cost: $250.

5. NIXON LOWDOWN II

"Lowdown II" by Nixon is stronger, smarter and more comfortable than ever before. Pre-programmed with tide info for over 270 beaches worldwide, countdown timer, day and date, wave counter, chronograph and light. A289-1781-NIXON-1 Features including:
  • Countdown timer
  • wave counter
  • Pre-programmed with tide info for over 270 beaches worldwide
  • 2 year warranty
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  • Cost: $179.
 

6. SUPERTIDE

Time your surf sessions right and you don't even have to think. Dissolve your brain in saltwater. With the rhythm of the tide displayed in high-resolution detail, the Supertide syncs you up with the motion of the ocean so you know exactly when to go. Whether you're sitting in the line up at your local break or frothing in your car, stuck in traffic, one exit from the beach, you'll know what you need to know. Features including:
  • High-resolution detail
  • Custom Digital Module 
  • Pre-programmed with tide info for over 230 beaches worldwide
  • Water Resistant 100m
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  • Cost: $249.
 

NOTABLE MENTIONS

The "Brig Tide & Train" is Vestal's surf watch including a digital tide graph that features current tide height and tracks the tide at over 200 beaches worldwide, for the next 20 years. It's worth the $155. The "ED01 - T NATO" by Electric is a simple surf watch with tide prediction, moon phase, calendar, alarm, countdown/heat time, chronograph with 30 lap recall, and light functions. It can be yours for $90. The "Mariner Tide" is presented by Freestyle. 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 $84.   

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Grading Criteria Surf-likeness - How close the trainer is to emulating the feel of surfing Multipurpose - The ability to use the trainer for other workout purposes Capabilities - Amount of trickability the trainer has Addictiveness - Our personal review of how much we like it   Indo Rocker Board indo-demo Price: $134.95 Best For: General balance training Available At: www.indoboard.com  The best aspect to the Indo Rocker Board is that it is a lot of fun.  It can even be ridden parallel with the roller if done so very carefully.  The motion on the Indo Rocker Board isn't exactly like surfing.  The fulcrum point offered by the roller isn't a move used too often by the average surfer while on a wave.  It is much closer to advanced lip hits and various aerial techniques.  For most surfers, the benefit will come from overall strength development.  The ability to make steady movements while remaining in control comes in handy in many of the situations surfing presents us with.   Surf-likeness -  ♥♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥ Capabilities - ♥♥♥ Addictiveness-♥♥♥♥   Resistance Bands Price: $34.00 Best For: Strengthening your surfing techniques Available At: rebelsport.com.au maxresdefault Paddling against resistance using a resistance band is another great way to improve your upper body endurance. Try and use a fairly light resistance and if you have a swiss ball that will make a great surfboard alternative to lie on. The great thing about band paddling is that you can do it at home without getting wet, so there are no excuses! Surf-likeness -  ♥♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥♥ Capabilities - Addictiveness-♥♥♥   SmoothStar Skateboards surf-skate-intermediate-level Price: $320.00 Best For: Practicing new ticks and cutbacks Available At: smoothstar.com.au Well we think we have stumbled on to the next best thing to riding waves!! It comes in the form of a skateboard that is purely designed for a “cross training” tool for surfers to tune up their skills out of the water…. but better yet they are stacks of fun in their own right. We have just taken delivery of the new Smoothstar “Cruiser” model and its super impressive!! Surf-likeness -  ♥♥♥♥♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥♥ Capabilities♥♥♥ Addictiveness-♥♥♥♥♥     TRX   CoachToddCostaRica Price: $195.00 Best For: Strengthening your surfing techniques Available At: TRXtraining.com Suspension training on the TRX has heaps of benefits. It builds superior muscular balance, joint stability, mobility, and core strength helping you perform better in any sport. It also helps improve posture and prevent injuries. Because the TRX weighs less than 2 lbs, sets up in under a minute, and stores in a small bag, you can use it just about anywhere. We've used it at the beach, in the garage and even hooked it to the top of our truck to warm up before a surf session. Surf-likeness -  ♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥♥♥ Capabilities♥♥ Addictiveness-♥♥♥    

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