App for Waves: Apps Every Surfer Should Know About

Essential app for waves every surfer should know about.

As a surfer, you have an endless choice of apps to help figure out surfing conditions. Your typical search for surfing apps will reveal hundreds of surf games. So what is the essential app for waves you should be using?

There is the core app for waves such as Surfline and Magicseaweed.

However, if you're traveling to another country to surf, you'll probably want all the information you can get.

Apart from beach weather apps, let's look at some of the best apps for waves.


Wisuki is a powerful wind, waves, weather and tide forecast app with advanced features that allows you to instantly find best spots based on your preferred conditions, and analyze forecast data with an unprecedented level of detail.

Wisuki helps you to plan even better your outdoor activities like surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, paragliding, biking and more.

Surfline App

The Surfline app allows you to consult surf forecasts and reports from breaks all around the world. Spy on waves in real-time with surf cams. Forecasting conditions at your next surf destination. You'll learn about wave heights. Wind conditions. Also, tide behavior. Free users get at the three-day forecast. Paid subscribers get a 17-day forecast. Surfline also includes a feed of surfing-related news, videos and photos sent straight to the app.

Magic Seaweed MSW Surf App Forecast

Magic Seaweed is one of the best surf forecast apps for waves. A great option for your surf and tide forecasts. Delivering long range surf forecasts for thousands of beaches globally. Forecasts include a quick star rating summary of conditions. Which takes into account the surf size, swell size, period, wind conditions and temperature. Users have access to 7-day forecasts, wind and tide station data, and live webcams for select beaches, as well as related media. Premium subscribers get longer forecasts and reduced advertisements.

NOAA Ocean Buoys App

If you're a nerd about the ocean, check out the NOAA Buoy and Tide Data app. The app pulls in weather information directly from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Buoy Center giving users a highly detailed look at wind and tide information.


The Beachsafe app by Surf Life Saving Australia gives surfers in Australia detailed weather forecasts. Along with tide and swell information. Hazard warnings. And safety patrol information. For approximately 12,000+ beaches in Australia. Also, you can see UV indexes and learn about the location of red and yellow flags at various beaches.


The Coasting app is built around the mission of, “easy surf forecasting”. Unlike the Surfline and Magicseaweed apps. Which can be confusing by offering too much information. Coasting matches actual conditions with ideal wind and swell directions for your favorite breaks. Ultimately, presenting you with data in a clean and easy to understand way. Coasting suggests a spot to surf, which is based on the conditions. Allowing you to compare the suggestion against alternative breaks.


Lastly, the windy app features real-time animated maps with wind and wave information. As well as tide data, and classic chart displays.

Book Your Surf Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book your flight
Find a cheap flight by using Google Flights. They are our favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know you're getting the best flight.

Book your surf hotel or surf accommodation
You can book a really unique and local place with AirBnB anywhere in the world. We used it recently in Sri Lanka to book a place withing a 3 minute walk to a surf break. If you want to stay somewhere other than an AirBnB, use, as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, surf gear theft, and cancellations. Basically, you get protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a surf trip without it. We’ve been using World Nomads for close to ten years now.

Protect your personal data
When you travel, you're constantly logging into public Wi-Fi. VPNs are designed to protect all of your Internet traffic. This includes email, streaming music and video, voice calls, and anything else you can think of. We use ExpressVPN when we're on a surf trip.

Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out our resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all those I use — and they’ll save you time and money too!