The Top 5 Surf Apps

In today’s technological age, we’re a mere click away from accessing infinite amounts of information on whatever topic we desire. Whether you’re into American football, cooking,  pictures of cats, or our favorite, surfing, you can find just about anything you desire with a 5-second Google search. In some cases, the flood of information can drown us if we don’t known what we’re looking for. At Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, we’re no experts in cats, but we ARE experts in surfing and scoring good waves.

Here are 5 Apps that every surfer should have on their phone:


Surfline is the most trusted name in surf forecasting, and has been helping surfers score waves since 1985. Surfline gives you access to the best real-time surf reports, long-range swell analysis, and weather forecasts for your favorite surf spots. Access more than 300 live surf and beach cams in hi-definition, 24/7/365. Surfline’s expert team of meteorologists and surf forecasters provide extremely accurate surf reports and forecasts to help enhance your skunk vs. score ratio. Surfline also features daily swell stories, contest results, product reviews, podcasts, and more. Surfline offers Premium memberships for just $7.99 monthly that give premium swell analysis, long range forecasts, and ad-free surf cams. 

Magic Seaweed

The Magic Seaweed mobile app provides long range surf forecasts for thousands of beaches across the globe. Each forecast includes the Magic Seaweed star rating, surf size, swell height, swell period, swell direction, wind strength, wind direction and water temperature. In all honestly, Magic Seaweed is the most accurate for our region in North Pacific Costa Rica. With this App, you can time your trip to Witch’s and Ollie’s and keep an eye on the wind forecast to score the best window of surf. It’s important to compare multiple swell models when timing your strike mission. 


Windy is intuitive, fast, efficient and the most accurate weather forecast app trusted by  pilots, surfers, boat captains, fishermen, kiters, storm chasers and weather geeks. Whether you’re tracking a hurricane, impending severe weather, planning a surf trip, or you just need to know if it will rain this weekend, Windy provides you with beautifully intuitive weather models. The most attractive part of Windy is its powerful, smooth and fluid presentation making weather forecasting a true pleasure. We have found that Windy is strangely accurate on predicting the strength of the wind, and more importantly, when and where the wind will turn onshore. 

Google Earth

There’s nothing better than a birds-eye view when searching out surf spots. Instead of blindly checking beaches where you think there might be rideable waves, use Google Earth to find points, reefs, and surfable beachbreaks. If you zoom in enough, you can even see surfers in the water. Plus, with your Locations Services turned on, Google Earth serves as a reliable navigation system. 


The World Surf League (WSL) is the home to all the world’s best surfers, competing at exotic locations around the globe, to become the next surfing world champion. With the App loaded to your phone,  you can watch LIVE event broadcasts and stay up-to-date with your favorite athletes anywhere, anytime. Sitting at home on a rainy day and want to watch the best surfers in the world surf the best waves on the planet? The WSL app makes it easy. The COVID pandemic has thrown a wrench in the WSL event  schedule for 2020 and 2021 but we should be back to the action soon enough. 

Are you interested in scoring World Class Waves in Costa Rica? We’ll take you to the best spots in our region and all the guess-work out of the equation. If you’re interested in planning your next surf trip, email us at or call us Toll-Free at 1-888-318-7873. Pura Vida!

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