Smart phones are making it easier and easier to check the surf and current conditions. Here are a dozen apps that will help you score some epic surf here in south Florida, and beyond. Most are free, but the ones that aren't are worth the couple bucks. Let me know if you have any others that you found helpful!
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1. WPTV INTERACTIVE WEATHER CENTER by WPTV, LLC -- Price: FREE
Dark skies as you're driving to check the surf? Thunderstorms raging and waiting for that after rain glass off? Want to know the temperature and if you'll need that wetsuit or not? Our new interactive weather center app is a must have! See exactly where it's raining and zoom down to street level. Animate the radar to see where the rain is going, and when it'll be over. You can get current conditions and the forecast for all the cities in our area. Also, you can catch all the local surf news on my surfing blog, right from your mobile phone. Click on "more" on the bottom right.
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The awesome surf forecasting web page is now has an app and boasts all the same great features. See the swell height and direction, the wind speed and direction, the tides,and even the temperature forecast hour by hour to pick out just the right time to hit it. The best and easiest way to check the forecast at a glance to try to time the next big swell.
WIPEOUT: It’s super slow and clunky for some reason and you have to sign up to save any spots you have to pay to get the premium features like the 10 day forecast, forecast probability, wind gusts, and full multi-swell breakdowns.
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3. SURFGURU by S. GURU, INC Price: Free.
A local central Florida surfer saw the need for local surf cams and information and came up with the successful SurfGuru website, and now has branched it off into this free app. The biggest plus about this app is that you can pull up the live cams right on your phone. Unfortunately it’s only central Florida cams but it’s great for when you’re on the road and want to take a peak to see if it’s worth driving further north. Popular central Florida breaks like Sebastian Inlet, Spanish house, Indialantic boardwalk, Cocoa Pier, and 2nd Light can be checked on the road with just a few touches. Other features like tides, winds, surf reports and forecasts with charts are also included.
WIPEOUT: It’s a little slow. Ads are annoying but then again, it’s free so can’t complain about that. And as mentioned before, the cams are mostly central Florida and not south Florida.
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4. SHRALP TIDE by SHRALPSOFTWARE -- Price: FREE
A quick easy way to tell when you’re going to get that incoming push you want at your local break. This app has tons of locations. To make it easy, it’ll pull up the closest one to you, or you can just save your home break. It predicts out 5 days and is super fast and easy to read. Plus it has a killer name and it's FREE!!
WIPEOUT: wish you could save more than one location at a time.
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5. BUOYS W/NOAA DATA by GONZO CONSORTIUM – Price: $0.99
Every surfer needs to be able to check the buoys quickly, wherever you are. This handy app can check any buoy around the world! You can search by region or just hit the nearby button and pull up everything that's showing your swell. The best thing is... you can save favorites for easy access the next swell. Another cool feature is it displays a line graph so you can tell if the swell is building or dying at a glance.
WIPEOUT: Would be nice to list the past data along with the graph. Plus the chart numbers are super small and hard to read.
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6. SURF JOURNAL by SWELL LINES LLC – Price: FREE trail, $4.99 full version
Trying to predict the future always includes looking back at the past. This killer little app lets you enter in all your surf seshes and keep track of what conditions made what breaks fire. So next time you see similar conditions, you know exactly where to go. Enter in your surfer’s log things like wave height, what board you rode, who came with you, how long you surfed, ocean surface conditions, and you can even save pictures of the day. You can go back and search the database to see just how long it’s been since we’ve had good waves. You can also email a buddy how it was in a nice formatted email page. An added bonus is you can link buoy and tide data to a specific break and check the conditions all on one page, and it saves buoy data to your logged surf sesh!
WIPEOUT: Takes too long for all the conditions to load up. Would be cool to be able to add video too.
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7. ASP TO GO by the ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS – Price: FREE
Get live video access to the ASP world tour, ASP world qualifying series (WQS) and just about every other big surf event going on around the world. There’s always something going on that you can watch in some nice exotic destination. Froth at the waves and follow your favorite pro surfers as they rip around the world. Check current ratings to see where your favorite surfer ranks and get the latest ASP news all in this app. An absolute must have for every surfer staying connected to the pro scene.
WIPEOUT- Crashes and buffers too long sometimes.
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8. PACSUN by Pacific Sun Wear – Price: FREE
Shop for new boardies, flip-flops, hats, t-shirts and all the apparel form your favorite brands like Quiksilver, Billabong, Volcom, Oneill and much more. Order and pay right on your phone and have a new pair waiting for you in no time!
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9. iHURRICANE HD by GENCODE SYSTEMS, INC – Price: FREE
Tropical systems are our only wave-making machine in the summer so tracking hurricanes is a must for every Florida surfer. This app lets you track the latest storms, get the very latest updates, forecasts, and tracks. You can also see satellite images, spaghetti models and tropical outlooks and discussions from the National Hurricane Center.
WIPEOUT: Wish the satellite images were animated and the forecast track had a cone.
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10. OCEAN WAVES by Belprog Belprog -- Price: FREE
Missing the sounds of the ocean? Having trouble sleeping? This free app will keep the sounds of the ocean right next to you at all times.
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11. FUEL TV By FOX Mobile Entertainment – Price: FREE
Get free videos and surf news from around the world, not to mention skateboarding, snowboarding and any other extreme sport. What FUEL TV is all about, in the palm of your hand and FREE! It’ll get you though those long trips upcoast, and get you pumped to paddle out when you get there.
WIPEOUT: Would be cool to see preview clips of their shows like Drive Through and On Safari.
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12. RIP CURL LIVE THE SEARCH by LOMAH Studios Pty, Ltd – Price: $3.99
Select your favorite pro surfer, your favorite stick, Everything you wish you could do in the water, you can do in this sweet surfing game. Get barreled, do massive airs, supermans, rodeos, Air reverses, 360s…be the pro you always wanted to be, and entertain yourself while the waves are flat or on that road trip.
WIPEOUT: Steep learning curve. Lots of moves to remember and figure out.
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