Absolute Best Surf Watches For 2021 - The Surfing Handbook (2023)

Having a good surf watch is sometimes a necessity. There are times when you simply have to be out of the water at a certain time, whether for work or school, a meeting, or to meet up with your friends. There are many types of surf watches, from the ultra basic to the insanely technological. It all depends on what you want and what you can afford.

There are a few basic distinctions among surf watches: there are simple waterproof watches that tell you the time and have a few basic functions, there are tide watches, and then there are the activity tracker or smart watches that keep track of your motion and surf session statistics.

We’ve collected some of the best surf watches in all categories so you can get a better feel for what each one provides. It’s hard to choose a “best” in each category because these watches have different functionalities, and of course style is very subjective. From modern to retro, however, you’ll find something to suit you.

This list starts with the more technical watches and then goes into the more traditional tide watches.

The Absolute Best Surf Watches

1. Apple Watch Series 5/6/7

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Okay, this might seem like a weird choice for a surf watch, and for some of you this may not be your thing. But the Apple Watch is a serious contender for the best surf watch out there. With insane functionality, a waterproof design, and an array of surfing apps this watch is a great tool to log your sessions.

With the addition of the Dawn Patrol app and Surfline Sessions, this watch is becoming an app killer.

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The Good

The best thing about the Apple Watch is that it’s notjust a surf watch. It can do so much more when you’re not surfing, which makes this an overall great gadget. There are apps for all your other sports as well, like snowboarding, SUPing, and more.

For example, if you get the Apple watch that includes cellular service you can receive texts and calls while you’re out in the lineup. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking – that’s the last thing we need in the lineup. BUT – I have several friends who work “on call” shifts and need to be near a phone in case they get called into work. This enables them to surf and still be able to get those alerts. It’s also useful for those who need to be near a phone for any other reasons.

Where It Could Improve

There are a few downsides to the Apple watch – namely that there’s only one style and the only thing you can change is the band. I don’t find the style particularly appealing, but them’s the breaks. There are a few cases out there such as the one from Catalyst that give the Apple watch more water protection as well as a more rugged appearance. It also helps protect the watch a bit which is a good idea.

  • Many surf tracking apps including Dawn Patrol and Surfline Sessions
  • You can receive texts and calls in the water – great for those that can’t be far from their phone but want to surf
  • More than just a surf watch – apps for all other activities and sports
  • New models can be pricey
  • Not the most stylish

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2. Garmin Instinct Solar – Surf Edition

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Garmin has started to really nail the smartwatch niche with some extremely high quality and well-reviewed watches. An amazing alternative to the Apple Watch for data geeks and those with an Android phone, the Garmin Instinct Solar Surf is targeted at surfers with a few key enhancements.

Garmin sets itself apart in the smartwatch space by providing incredibly detailed data – moreso than the Apple watch. This makes it a popular choice for those who really like to drill down into their stats – health stats, exercise stats, highly targeted GPS stats, and more. It also poses itself as a smartwatch for people who dislike smartwatches – it keeps a very traditional watch-style screen for all the features.

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Garmin is also a leader in battery life and with the solar edition you won’t have to charge the watch so much–it lasts up to 24 days in smartwatch mode and up to 50 days with solar exposure!

Garmin watches also feature a distinct and rugged design that the Apple Watch lacks. The Apple Watch just looks rather boring, and everyone has the same one. The Garmin Instinct (and the other versions that work with Surfline Sessions) all have a very sharp athletic look. The Surf edition comes in two colorways – a white “Cloudbreak” version and a black with blue accent “Pipeline” version.

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  • Great Looking Watch
  • Incredible Battery Life
  • Appeals to people who generally don’t “like” smartwatches
  • Compatible with Surfline Sessions
  • Incredibly list of other features
  • Monochrome screen (could be a plus for some people though)
  • Limited access to third party apps (aka iPhone apps)
  • Larger size might put off some women with smaller wrists
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3. Rip Curl Search GPS 2

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This is one of the first surf watches to take advantage of GPS and motion technology and package it for surfers. The Rip CurlSearch GPS 2 watch allows you to track the stats of your surf session including how many waves you catch, your top speed, how long each wave was, and more. It then plots all of this data onto a map so you can see where you were catching waves and how far you went. You can even replay your session and see the progression of different waves.

The Good

You can see all of your paddling tracks on the map and it will quantify how far you’ve paddled in a session, which is a great fitness tracker. The watch also tracks tide and of course, tells you what time it is–and this data is super accurate; every time you sync to the GPS it figures out where you are and updates the tide to the correct location as well as local time.

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Additionally, it will plot your session anywhere on the map–you don’t have to be at a “named” spot. It will try to name your spot but it won’t put your somewhere on the map that you’re not. So if you like to surf at a secret sandbar it will show your session exactly where your spot is on the satellite map.

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After your session you can share your stats on Facebook and Instagram.

This watch is definitely a luxury item, but it’s super fun–especially for people that like to track their statistics and see where they can improve.

And it’s not just for surfing! You can use this watch to track stand up paddleboarding, kite surfing, and even boogie boarding.

Where it could improve

The only problems I had with this watch were trying to get more than one surf per battery charge, and missing a few waves. Granted, the waves it missed were on small gutless days–it didn’t properly track some of the teeny tiny waves I caught on my longboard, probably because I was going too slow (barely faster than my paddling speed).

But overall, the watch has worked very well at catching all my waves as long as they have a little bit of push. I think Rip Curl should add a calories burned statistic…if it’s seeing how far you paddle this really shouldn’t be too hard to add into the app. I’m not an exercise freak but I really like seeing how many calories I burn during workouts.

In order to solve the problem of charging the watch every session I’ve set up a car charger specifically for the watch (it uses a usb charging cord) so it’s always in my car and charging.

Click here to read our full review of the Rip Curl Search GPS!

Pros And Cons

  • Get your sessions quantified with a bunch of useful statistics
  • Super accurate tide readings for way more spots than any other tide watch
  • It’s actually very fun and satisfying to track your sessions with this little gadget–add a photo of the conditions and add some comments.
  • Keep track of your sessions all over the globe
  • Pretty accurate in my week+ of testing
  • Very easy to set up and use
  • Sometimes misses the really tiny slow waves
  • Tide graphic display is not my favorite
  • Needs to be charged each session to ensure it lasts for your entire surf

The Absolute Best Surf Watches

As far as tide watches go, they are all very similar in terms of functionality and it becomes more of a personal stylistic choice as to which one you like better. It’s also worth considering your home beach and check the online manuals of the various tide watches to see if your home beach is listed. It’s much easier than trying to set a tide offset if there’s no closest beach listed.

Having a tide watch is a bit of a luxury, and this one was the first tide watch I’ve owned in almost 15 years of surfing. I didn’t know if I would find it useful to have the tide on my watch, but knowing the tides moment to moment is a pretty good way to more accurately learn how your surf spots react to different tides and water depths. Although you can just check the tides on your phone or calendar before you go out, it’s hard to remember when they are.

Here are some of our top picks:

1. Freestyle Shark

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The Freestyle Shark line of watches are a retro-inspired line of digital timepieces that display tide information along with a variety of different bands and color combinations. Freestyle Shark watches get the crown for reliability and durability. Most of my surfing friends have only good things to say about this brand, so if you’re looking for something that will last, Shark watches are where it’s at.

The Good

The Freestyle Shark watches all have the same basic face graphics and functionality, and come in a variety of different styles and bands. My favorite is the clip tide as it’s easy to take on and off. However, friends have reported that the nylon band can get a bit smelly after a while. I would think that taking it in the shower or simply rinsing it off after a surf or workout would do the trick, however if you’re concerned about it picking up odors you could stick with traditional rubber bands that are also available.

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I like this tide watch quite a bit: it’s very simple and to the point. The black face with light numbers is cool (and the one I own) but visibility does suffer a bit unless you’re looking directly at it.

Where It Could Improve

Honestly there aren’t many “cons” to these watches. They do one job and do it well, however they won’t give you as many bells and whistles as the previous watches mentioned.

2. Rip Curl Rifles

Absolute Best Surf Watches For 2021 - The Surfing Handbook (11)The Rip Curl Rifles tide watch is a great looking tide watch that has a menu based system making setup easy as pie. My only complaint about some tide watches was the difficulty in getting them set up – it’s like solving a riddle. No more with the Rifles tide watch.

Although the Rip Curl Search GPS has a strange volume graph to show the tide, the Rip Curl Rifles has the graphical wave display which I find much easier to read.

The Rifles features 500 beaches as compared to the other brands – check out the beach listings on page 6 of the manual here.

No bells and whistles, just easy setup and use. That’s great in my book!

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FAQs

Can you wear Apple Watch 7 surfing? ›

We, as per the official Apple website the Apple Watch Series 7 is swim-proof with WR50 water resistance. I spent 2 years surfing with my Apple Watch 3 and a further year surfing with my Apple Watch Series 6, clocking up some serious surf session on them both and had no issues at all.

Can I wear my Apple Watch in the surf? ›

Is Apple Watch Durable? A big question we frequently get asked is “can you bring Apple Watch to the beach?” or “can you surf with Apple Watch?” First off, Apple Watch is completely waterproof and tightly sealed so no water or sand can get in.

What's the best Apple Watch for surfing? ›

The Apple Watch SE still has the same waterproof design and with the upgraded chipset (a step up from the Series 3) it'll still be able to run both surf apps! The latest Apple Watch SE was launched in Sept 2022 and is still the best value Apple Watch for those looking to track their surfing.

Can you wear a Rolex surfing? ›

Good thing there are surf watches available that can withstand and even predict the greatest of tides. But by surf watches, we don't only mean Casio or Rip Curl. In fact, if you're a luxury watch lover, you can always showcase your Rolex or IWC while riding the mighty waves.

Can you surf with a 100M water resistant watch? ›

100M Water Resistance: Wearable around sinks, during swimming, poolside diving, snorkeling, but not while jet-skiing or scuba diving. 200M Water Resistance: Wearable around sinks, during swimming, poolside diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, but not while scuba diving.

Can I wear Apple Watch 6 in ocean? ›

Apple Watch Series 2 and newer can be used for shallow water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 and newer shouldn't be used for scuba diving, water skiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.

What is dawn patrol surf? ›

For those unfamiliar with the term, “dawn patrol” refers to a surfer's arrival to the beach at or just before sunrise.

Can you surf with a water resistant watch? ›

Generally speaking, a watch used for water sports and swimming should have at least 100m (10bar) water resistance. Suitable for washing hands and light splashes. Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.

Is Apple Watch worth buying? ›

You should buy an Apple Watch if you want to spend less time on your iPhone, and more time out and about. If you love the idea of super convenient tap-to-pay, and advanced health and fitness tracking appeals to you, it's an invaluable tool.

Can Apple Watch 7 go in salt water? ›

Apple Watch Series 2 and newer can be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean, but you shouldn't use models other than Apple Watch Ultra for diving, water skiing, or other activities involving submersion below shallow depth or high-velocity water.

Which Apple Watch band is most secure? ›

The 316L Stainless Steel bands come in a range of colours to match each Apple Watch case, and we found the magnetic clasp more reliable and secure than even Apple's own version.

Can you surf with a smart watch? ›

Meet the world's best surf watch. The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Surf Edition is a powerful smartwatch that allows you to check tide and weather data anywhere in the world, track and record your surf session, check sunrise/sunset times, and monitor your sleep, and heart rate, and oxygen saturation levels.

Does Apple Watch have tides? ›

The Apple Watch app Tide Table Chart provides quick and easy access to high tide and low tide forecasts. Swipe left/right to see the tide chart of the next day or play an animation of moon phase and tide changes to get a quick overview. This Apple Watch app can be used without connection to your phone.

How do you get tides on Apple Watch face? ›

Now to set up the watch face:
  1. Force touch your Watch face to reveal the face selection and editing menu. Scroll to 'Modular' and tap 'Customise'.
  2. From top-left, the complications in the photo above are Date, Time, Carrot (weather summary), Carrot (wind), My Tide Times Pro (set to my local marina), Moon Phase.
  3. That's it.
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What kind of person wears a Rolex? ›

People who wear a Rolex are usually keen on details. If at one time or another you have found yourself staring at a Rolex wearer and noticing there is something bold and brilliant about him or her, it is probably because they are quite unique in a handful of ways.

What is the toughest Rolex? ›

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea

The toughest of all the Rolex models, however, is the Rolex Deepsea. The Deepsea is an impressive watch, but it's not for the fainthearted.

Should I shower with my Rolex? ›

All you have to do after diving or a day at the beach is simply to rinse your watch with fresh water to remove any salt and sand deposits: wearing your watch while showering at the end of the day should do the trick. The Oyster case of your Rolex protects it from water and makes it completely dustproof and waterproof.

How deep can a 100m watch go? ›

WATER RESISTANCE GUIDE
50m/165ft - 100m/330ftLight poolside swimming
100m/330ft - 200m/660ftSwimming, snorkeling, showering (no hot water)
200m/660ft - 500m/1650ftImpact water sports such as board diving and scuba diving
500m/1650ft+Appropriate for serious deep water diving.
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Is 5 atm good surfing? ›

3 ATM - Safe for splashes, not submersion or extreme temperature changes. 5 ATM - Covers showering and quick submersion. 10 ATM - Good for surfing, swimming, and repeated submersion.

Is 50m water resistance enough? ›

Water-resistant to 50m or 5 Bar/Atmospheres.

You can swim with a 50m watch, but it's recommended swimming is kept to a minimum to prevent long-term damage to your prized possession.

Can I shower with Apple Watch? ›

"Showering with Apple Watch Series 2 and newer is ok, but we recommend not exposing Apple Watch to soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and perfumes as they can negatively affect water seals and acoustic membranes.

Should I sleep with my Apple Watch on? ›

It is not recommended to wear a watch to bed if it affects your sleep quality and or causes distraction. And since many are concerned about radiations, it is worth noting that Apple Watches emit small amounts of Electromagnetic Frequency (EF), which means that you can wear it at night, but in the short-term.

Does sand scratch Apple Watch? ›

Sand can and will jam up any holes and has the potential to also scratch your watch face. Yes, take precautions when going to the beach. The Watch is not rated for solid particle protection, only aquatic protection (IPX7).

Why do surfers go out early? ›

REASON #1: AVOID CROWDED LINEUPS

This reason is specific to surfing in the early morning. If you're paddling out at dawn or sunrise, the chances that you will be able to catch a few set waves with only a few heads out are exceptionally high.

What time do surfers wake up? ›

For some, a morning surf would be within a few hours of sunrise, for others is maybe between 8 am and 10 am, while for others a morning surf would simply be anytime before lunchtime. Although surfing at 11.30 am is not very early, it is still considered the morning by most.

What tide is best for surfing? ›

The best tide for surfing in most cases is low, to an incoming medium tide. Keep in mind low-tide on shallow surf breaks jack the waves up higher, leaving less room between the water's surface and ocean bottom. Always know the area you're surfing and avoid shallow reef and rock obstacles if possible.

Should you shower with your watch? ›

It is strongly advisable not to shower with your watch on. Shampoo, soaps and other liquids are highly corrosive to a watch's delicate components and will wear it out much sooner. If you accidentally expose your watch to soap, you should rinse it off with fresh water and dry it as quickly as possible.

Can I surf with a 50m water resistant watch? ›

This is because the watch water resistance seal may degrade over time, especially if it takes a knock. 5 BAR / 5 ATM / 50m / 165ft: Your watch can withstand splashes, shower and is suitable for swimming. It is not suitable for water sports, pool-side diving or sea diving.

How waterproof Should a surf watch be? ›

Once a watch is rated to 100 meters, most manufacturers say you can wear it skin diving and for water sports like surfing.

Which is better an Apple Watch or a Fitbit? ›

When it comes to battery life, Fitbit wins hands down, said Gebbie. "The Apple Watch offers an 18-hour battery life, which means you need to charge it every day, whereas many Fitbit trackers and watches can last for days or even weeks at a time without charging.

How long does an Apple Watch last? ›

Apple Watch is so capable you'll want to wear it all day long. So we made sure we gave it a battery that lasts all day, too. Our goal for battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge, factoring in things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps, and doing a 60-minute workout.

Is Apple Watch OK in saltwater? ›

Yes. As explained in the support document you came from, Series 2 and Series 3 apple watches can be used for shallow water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. That means it can be used in salt water like that of an ocean.

Can I wear Apple Watch SE in the ocean? ›

Apple Watch Series 2 or newer Apple Watch devices can be used for shallow water activities, such as swimming in a pool or ocean.

How long can you swim with Apple Watch 7? ›

You can swim with Apple Watch Series 1-7 and SE because these are all water-resistant. Series 1 is water-resistant for 30 minutes in up to 1m (3.3 feet) of water but not swim-proof. Series 2 is water-resistant up to 50 m (164 feet) but not swim-proof.

What color Apple Watch is best? ›

Starting at the top of the list, midnight is the most subdued color. It's darker than space gray and is reminiscent of a matte black. Some folks might find it a bit boring, but for anyone who wants their watch to be sleek and stealthy, midnight looks to be a fantastic option.

Why are Apple Watch bands so expensive? ›

Luxury doesn't come cheap.

- Apple watch bands are considered as luxury items. You won't get luxury at a low price simply because they're high-end. On high-demand - The popularity of Apple watch bands has caused them to be pricier than others. Since the products are highly-in demand, the makers can dictate the price.

Which size Apple Watch is best? ›

If you want the largest and clearest screen available on an Apple Watch, then the 44mm is the one for you. You will also benefit from a larger battery and, therefore, more battery life with the 44mm. If you have a smallish wrist or simply want the least expensive Apple Watch, then the 40mm will suit you perfectly.

Can you surf with Samsung watch? ›

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters and 30 minutes like the Galaxy Watch 4 and other Galaxy wearables.

Is fitbit good for surfing? ›

If you are looking for the model of Fitbit to use, the Fitbit Versa 3 and the Fitbit Charge 3 are among the best devices for surfing. Fitbit Versa 3. The Fitbit Versa 3 is swim-proof and the cheapest surf watch you can buy. It is water resistant to 50 meters or 164 feet.

Which watches work with Surfline? ›

You will also need to wear a Surfline-compatible device —Apple Watch, Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch or Garmin Watch— while you surf to track your sessions. Apple Watch: The Apple Watch, Series 3 or greater, is compatible with the Sessions app.

How do I get surf report on Apple Watch? ›

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How can I download music for free on my Apple Watch? ›

Add music using your Apple Watch
  1. Open the Music app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Listen Now or Search, then navigate to music you want to add.
  3. Tap a playlist or album, tap. , then tap Add to Library. A message confirms that the item was added. ...
  4. To download the music to Apple Watch, tap. again, then tap Download.

How do I put tidal on my Apple Watch? ›

Get started with Tidal on Apple Watch
  1. Download and launch the TIDAL app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Go to link.tidal.com on your iPhone, PC, or similar.
  3. Log in if you are an existing member, or sign up to TIDAL.
  4. Enter the code displayed on your Apple Watch to link to your account and begin streaming your favorite songs.
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Can you surf Apple Watch 7? ›

We, as per the official Apple website the Apple Watch Series 7 is swim-proof with WR50 water resistance. I spent 2 years surfing with my Apple Watch 3 and a further year surfing with my Apple Watch Series 6, clocking up some serious surf session on them both and had no issues at all.

How do you add a windy watch face? ›

Windy Apple Watch Face

Simply tap the Watch Faces button from the main menu, and then “Add Apple Watch Face”, and you'll see a new infograph modular face available when you swipe through the options on your watch screen (read more about changing watch faces here).

Can you surf with a smartwatch? ›

This smartwatch is able to track the tide, wind speed, wind direction, and swell data in real-time, so you know exactly when it's time to hit the water. Windsurfers appreciate knowing what the wind is doing in real-time and that this watch can track windsurfing or surfing activity through its GPS.

What is a surfing watch? ›

Powered by Surfline the Nixon Ultra Tide surf watch has the claim as the first “smart” surf watch – featuring everything from live surf conditions, wind and tides to water temperature, weather conditions and even the Surfline official rating for your selected spot!

Can you surf with a water resistant watch? ›

Generally speaking, a watch used for water sports and swimming should have at least 100m (10bar) water resistance. Suitable for washing hands and light splashes. Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.

Can fitbit track surfing? ›

Fitbit aficionados will now be able to select up to 10 Favorites from all of Surfline's 5000 spot reports, and get up-to-date surf and ocean conditions delivered straight to their Versa (or Fitbit Ionic) screen.

Can you surf with Samsung watch? ›

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters and 30 minutes like the Galaxy Watch 4 and other Galaxy wearables.

Can you surf with Garmin watches? ›

Dedicated surfing app for garmin watches. Garmin have introduced their own surfing app on the "Garmin instinct surf" and broken the summary view on Garmin connect for activities saved as 'surfing' by other apps, you may have spent hundreds on your watch but Garmin say if you want to surf you must buy their new watch.

Can you surf with a galaxy watch? ›

It comes with a 5ATM rating, meaning you can take Galaxy Watch 3 for surfing, sea diving, and water adventures, as it can survive close to 50 meters (165 feet) underwater.

Are tide watches accurate? ›

During a lunar month (29 days), the tide clock is relatively precise according to the true state of the tide ! However, 12h25mn being the average time between two high tides or low tides, it can happen that some days the tide clock undergoes slight intervals during a tide cycle.

What is a tide watch? ›

One useful accessory for the surfer in your life is a tide watch, commonly referred to as a surf watch. While these watches do tell time, they are largely geared to measure the movement of water instead of minutes and typically come with other useful features as well.

Is the Garmin Instinct 2 waterproof? ›

This rugged watch is water-rated to 100 meters and is thermal and shock resistant.

Is 50m water resistance enough? ›

Water-resistant to 50m or 5 Bar/Atmospheres.

You can swim with a 50m watch, but it's recommended swimming is kept to a minimum to prevent long-term damage to your prized possession.

Should you shower with your watch? ›

It is strongly advisable not to shower with your watch on. Shampoo, soaps and other liquids are highly corrosive to a watch's delicate components and will wear it out much sooner. If you accidentally expose your watch to soap, you should rinse it off with fresh water and dry it as quickly as possible.

Can I surf with a 50m water resistant watch? ›

This is because the watch water resistance seal may degrade over time, especially if it takes a knock. 5 BAR / 5 ATM / 50m / 165ft: Your watch can withstand splashes, shower and is suitable for swimming. It is not suitable for water sports, pool-side diving or sea diving.

Is Fitbit good surfing? ›

If you are looking for the model of Fitbit to use, the Fitbit Versa 3 and the Fitbit Charge 3 are among the best devices for surfing. Fitbit Versa 3. The Fitbit Versa 3 is swim-proof and the cheapest surf watch you can buy. It is water resistant to 50 meters or 164 feet.

Can you surf in a Fitbit versa? ›

The Fitbit Versa 3 is a budget-friendly surf watch that is water-resistant up to 50 meters. This watch can be worn in the shower, swimming pool, or while swimming in the ocean.

Can you wear Fitbit Charge 4 surfing? ›

Thanks to the Charge 4's GPS, you can leave your phone at home and see your real-time pace and distance on your wrist. The GPS works with seven different types of activities: running, walking, bike riding, hiking, interval workouts, and a new outdoor workouts mode for things like kayaking, surfing, and skiing.

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