I've had a few of my friends using and swearing about how good GPS devices are for surfing. One in particular is the Trace device. The other is the RipCurl Search GPS watch. As I ride a different board nearly every day of the week, the watch idea seemed like the best for me. Up until now, I have owned Rolexes, and other fine Swiss Automatics. While these timepieces have intricate movements and value, they only give you the time and the day's date. Ripcurl's watch gives you this, plus the tides for over 1300 surf locations. If that wasn't enough, it's designed to record the statistics of each surfing session. So far, I have had one 56 minute session, caught 13 waves, covered 2.5 miles paddling and surfing. It also revealed that I went 457' on the longest. The GPS coordinates should actually help me determine exactly where to place myself in the lineup to get the best waves.
You simply pair the watch to access the GPS satellite. You then pair it with your iPhone via BlueTooth. Ripcurl's FREE application gives you a cloud that you can upload your data (see above) to. It can also be easily shared on social media sites like FaceBook with the press of a button. It's obviously too soon to review this device after one surf session. I will be taking this device to Mainland Mexico next week and figure to work up some pretty impressive stats if I am lucky. I will update this when I return...
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.