The surf industry is trying to catch up with the recent craze in smart phone and mobile apps hitting the market with companies like Surfline and Billabong leading the way. With Apple predicted to sell more than $2 billion in gross app revenue in 2011 and a whopping $27 billion by 2013, the market is still wide open for surf companies to capitalize on the growing demand. So we have put together a list of some apps we think will help you along during your next surf trip.
Surfline App (Free)
One of the top new surfing apps is the Surfline app and the only surfing application with LIVE streaming HD cams at over 90 breaks in the US and Hawaii. This app provides the most accurate surf reports and forecast up to 5-days in advance for thousands of surf spots worldwide and you have the ability to move quickly between your favorite surf spots with just a swipe of your thumb.
SurfersVillage Surf News App (Free)
Surfersvillage Global Surf News app was released on the 30th of December, 2010. The Surfersvillage ‘First in Surfing News’ iPhone app is aimed at surfers, the surf-industry, and lifestyle enthusiasts. The Surfersvillage iPhone App is the first and only app dedicated to Surfing News. The app adds to one of the most exciting years ever in professional surfing. It may also be downloaded to the iPad. This app is available for free on the Apple App Store, the tool helps surfer’s, surf-Industry personnel, surf-media, and lifestyle enthusiasts keep up to date with the latest news in surfing from around the world.
Stormrider Surf Guides App ($5.99)
Stormrider has partnered up with MagicSeaweed to bring you one of the most creatively designed surf apps on the market. The app includes; includes high-quality offline surf maps (no need for wifi), surf break reports, GPS location navigation and an easy to use tap of the finger interface. With 1500+ surf breaks available right now and more coming, the price will rise considerably as content increases with more surf spots.
Oakley Surf Report App (Free)
Take the mystery out of checking the surf with the Oakley Surf Report powered by Surfline. Check the surf height, swell direction, and tide anywhere in the world. Monitor the weather and surf conditions while viewing the 2-day forecast. You’ll know exactly where to go when there’s a low tide, with an epic SSW swell, and an onshore breeze. And you can do it all from the comfort of your iPhone or iTouch or iPad.
Flickr by Yahoo App (Free)
Upload and share your surf travel photos to Flickr while still on your trip. This is a great wide known app that is easy to use and available on all smart phone devices. You can create travel albums and share your trip with friends and family while traveling. Just make sure to tag WaterWays Travel in the caption of the photo during your next surf travel adventure.
Billabong Surf Trip App ($2.99)
This is a surf video game app (designed to look like an arcade game) brought to you by Billabong. You choose the pro surfer from team Billabong and shred surf spots around the globe just like you were on the ASP Tour. Great game app to play and pass time while waiting to board your next flight to Fiji.