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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
  • Learn more…
  • 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
  • Learn more…
  • 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
  • Learn more…
  • 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
  • Learn more…
  • 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
  • Learn more…
  • 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
  • Learn more…
  • 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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Surf Lock

The box locks up tight with a combination you set yourself. This won’t work with those convenience keys that operate near the car, but it’s great if you have an ordinary electronic fob you can’t get wet. Order it online for only $59.95.

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Rip Curl Hooded Towel

It’s basically two thick towels sewn together but with reinforced openings for your arms and head, plus a small pocket. There’s plenty of room to change underneath, with no more worries about flashing the parking lot. Pick it local rip curl store for only $49.99

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Rail Grabber

Perfect for longboard riders. Everyone knows how awkward it is to carry a huge longboard from the beach (aka surf camp). Well this is your solution. Order it online for only $23.95

 

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Rip Curl Wetsuit Change Mat 

This mat allows you to change in and out of your wet gear on the durable polyester mat. Then use the drawstring system and convert into a wet bag.  Pick it local rip curl store for only $29. 

 

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HangAir Drying for Wetsuits

This is more than your typical hanger it uses a high-power waterproof fan to completely dry and ventilate suits of all kinds rapidly. Order it online only $79.95.

 

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"Piss Off" Wetsuit Cleaner 

Piss off is the perfect option to safely clean your neoprene gear, keeping it fresh and clean. Get it at local rip curl store for only $16. 

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1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. This is a scary fact that effect millions of people. There are even charity events like Surf Giving that help people become aware of severity of this type of cancer.

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Making sure that you have the sunscreen on is just one part of protecting yourself from skin cancer. Not all sunscreen is created equal, especially for surfers. Sweat proof, waterproof, SPF level, and hours of protection are all key factors that effect your likelihood of getting burt. So then the dilemma becomes come in from a great surf session to reapply your sunscreen, or stay out there and suffer the pain of sunburn later? It’s not necessarily a bad dilemma to face considering you are surfing, nevertheless it’s frustrating, so finding a great sunscreen that does what it’s supposed to is like gold. It can make the difference between a good and a great surf trip – after all no-one wants to miss a great surf day because they’re too sunburnt from the day before. So after years of research, and various ridiculous sunburn marks, we have tested most sunscreens and come up with the best sunscreens for surfers. Next time instead of coming in from the best surf session to reapply pick up one of these sunscreens.    

Best All Around

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Surf Mud

All Natural Product

30% zinc oxide

UVA and UVB protection

All-day cover

Natural skin colour

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Price $19.95

Where to buy: Online 

Best Full Day Protection

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Riemann P20

Clear on Skin (not on clothes)

10 hours reliable sun protection even in water

UVA and UVB protection

no added fragrance, colourants, parabens or preservatives

Price $27.64

Where to buy: Online Wiggle

Best Quick and Easy Buy

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Blue Lizard Australian

Water-resistant

Zinc Oxide

UVA/UVB Protection

Not Greasy

Good for fair and sensitive skin

Price 21.19

Where to buy: Drugstores

Best for Sensitive Skin

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Kiehl Activated Sun Protector  

Dermatologist recommended

UVA/UVB Protection

Not Greasy

Price: $44.90

Where to buy: Online

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