So, I’ve got a watch that lets me know when its high tide at my local spot and I’ve got an App on my phone that allows me to record the latest surf session and overlay all the information relevant to that particular day, you wouldn’t think I could possibly need a lot more? That’s exactly what I thought until I saw the latest piece of technology from Rip Curl, the Search GPS Surf Watch, surf sessions just moved into the next century.
Not only does the Search GPS, let you know the basics such as date, time and state of tide, this bad boy tracks everything you do in the water and allows you document a surf in so much more detail than ever before. Using GPS technology built into the watch, you can track everything from your paddle patterns, to wave count, top speed and distance travelled. This data can then be synced with the Rip Curl Search App and enables the user to relive the whole session.
Alana Blanchard and Mick Fanning have been putting the Search GPS through its paces and the video below shows the watch being used by both during testing. Obviously packing all this new age technology into a watch comes at a price and the result is a fairly bulky watch. This is fine on Mick’s manly forearms but the watch does look a little bit too chunky on the delicate wrist of Alana.
At this moment in time, the Search GPS is not on general sale and we cannot find out how much the retail price for it will be, but you can sign up at the official Rip Curl page to be kept in the loop to be notified of up to date news regarding release and developments. To see the watch in action and to give you more of an idea of its credentials, the official Search GPS video is embedded below. Take a look and let us know if it is something you would like to have? Imagine the challenges you can set with your mates at every session – longest wave, fastest speed and furthest overall distance travelled?