2023’s Top 5 Apps for Surfers

Whether you’re a tech nerd or a staunch old schooler, surfing is just as much about preparation and planning as it is about actually riding the waves. So, checking conditions ahead of time, mapping out the best spots, and tracking or logging your session are all crucial to a successful day out on the water.

There are a number of great apps that can help with all of those things and more.

Here are 5 of the best apps for surfers, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro.

Take time to check them out as they might just give you that extra edge in your surfing.


If you’re serious about surfing, Surfline is an essential app to have on your phone. It provides real-time conditions for over 3,000 surf spots around the world, including live webcam footage, tide information, and swell forecasts.
Surfline Surf Forecast
Surf Captain makes knowing the upcoming surfing conditions a breeze. It’s an affordable app that we find super accurate and great to cross-reference other surf forecast apps. Where it lacks in the number of available locations, it makes up for in cost, accuracy, and simple use.
Surf Captain Surf Forecast
Not for all of us, but to those who like to see and use data to improve or get that little bit more out of your surf sessions, then this app is a must. Track your surf and count your waves with the Dawn Patrol app. You can measure your distance surfed, your waves caught, paddling, and your water time.
This Czech-based app is for all water and wind sports enthusiasts. We have found it not only useful but essential to work out any local weather conditions that may affect your upcoming surf session. It’s a very detailed and fun app to use. Weather radar, wind, and waves forecast for kiters, surfers, paragliders, pilots, sailors, and anyone else. Worldwide animated weather map.


Access an ocean of free surfing content, competitions aside, this app goes way deeper into the rich history of surfing and the path that has gotten competition surfing where it is today. Including podcasts and original series, past event replays and in-depth analysis, surf films, and beyond.


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