10 Top surf forecast apps

Surf report apps are like any other realm of apps out there. Some have a variety of features, while some are pretty simple and minimal.

In this quick guide we rounded up all the the most used surf forecast apps out there. Reviewing each one so you know where to get the best surf forecast at a moments notice.

1. Magic Seaweed Surf Forecast

Magic Seaweed (MSW) is the oldest, most popular and most detailed free long range surf forecast on the web. No matter what your surfing ability is, you can use MSW to predict when and where you'll catch more of the right waves across the globe.

Every month 1.5 million surfers all over the world check MSW before they hit the beach.

MSW isn't about telling you where to go or when, instead providing you with the tools to become your own surf forecasting expert. With a little of your time and the help we provide you can accurately make the call wherever you choose to surf.

Consisting of live human reporters update in real time, MSW forecasts update four times a day. With experience at hand and a decade of improving and tuning their data – makes MSW extremely accurate.

Trusted by surf contest directors from: Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Billabong, O'Neill, Roxy, Swatch and more for competitions ranging from showcase big wave events with long waiting periods, to hour-by-hour decisions for the ASP World Tour. Our data is used to plan for some of surfing's largest and most popular events.

Exactly the same tools used to make the call for the world's top surfers are available for free, right here and now for you.

MSW covers almost 3,000 beaches in 180 countries. After learning to forecast for your local break you can take MSW on your travels and get to the right spot at the right time wherever you may head. From the Mentawai Islands to Madagascar we've been there and fine-tuned the forecast.

Add in detailed Stormrider surf guide information, historic and seasonal conditions and hundreds of thousands of photos and MSW becomes an essential travel planning tool.


2. Surfline Surf Report

As one of the most popular surf report and surf forecast companies in the world, Surfline is a top resource for many a’ surfer. If you’re new to surf reports, Surfline keeps it straightforward with a simple forecast summary and rating system. And if you’re a seasoned pro you can find all the data you would ever need for your local breaks or destinations abroad.

The Surfline app is basically a streamlined version of their website. You can check the surf in real time on Surfline’s network of 300+ global HD cams, access their twice-a-day surf reports, get interactive maps to help you find breaks near you with the best conditions, and create your list of favorite breaks to check out the conditions at a glance and get easy access to your fav breaks. And that’s just for starters.


3. Coastal Watch Surf Report

Coastal Watch is Australia’s most popular surf forecast websites. They focus on offering long-term surf forecasting tools for Australia, Indo, Maldives, and more.

Coastal Watch provides a chart that shows a three-day snapshot of the current surf conditions including wave height, swell direction and period, wind direction and speed, and tide information. They also provide an 8-day offshore swell forecast. Offering color-coded wind charts with blue and green being favorable winds and yellow, orange, and red being less favorable.


4. Swell Net

Another Australia based surf forecast website, Swell Net is also a massively visited and established surf forecast websites for the Australian surfer.

It's main region of focus is Australia. However, surf forecast notes are also available for other breaks around the world. The other regions do not appear to be updated regularly, with the exception of Indonesia. No surf reports or forecasts available for the Americas.

Swell Net offers daily observed surf reports for dawn patrol along with an afternoon update. They also provide excellent forecaster notes to fill you in on what’s to come and where your best chances of scoring the best waves will be.


5. Surf2Surf Surf Forecast

Surf2Surf is New Zealand’s most popular and accurate surf report and surf forecasting websites and apps. Surf2Surf serves up everything you need to know about the surf conditions in a beautifully designed and very easy to understand layout.


6. Sherpa Surf App

Also based in New Zealand, Sherpa is unique as it uses the GPS and your phone to pull up the nearest breaks. Then it ranks and compares up to 40 spots at a time by matching their comprehensive database with daily surf conditions and serving the information up to you in a beautiful color coded platter.

Not a desktop website. A very well designed surf app, Sherpa gives you everything you want to know about a break in very easy to navigate and user-friendly format. At a quick glance, you can assess the present conditions, ideal conditions, read a little bit about the break and its potential, and see a color-coded six-day forecast to get an idea of when it might be going off.

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7. Swell Navigator

Most surfers typically check our two or three different surf forecast apps before heading out to surf. How often do you monitor multiple surf forecast websites plotting your upcoming surfs? If you’re like most surfers, it may very well be every single day of your life. Which is cool if you enjoy studying multiple sites to find out where you should go when. But here’s an alternative if you want to spend more time surfing and less time comparing forecasts.

The Swell Navigator surf app alerts you when your favorite breaks will have your favorite conditions.


8. Nobody Surf

NobodySurf is a place that honors and celebrates surf culture, community, and creators‘ craft. It‘s our respect, our love letter for all creators around the world. As we grow and want to support more creators together, we want to re-introduce ourselves.

NobodySurf was born out of a pure appreciation for beautiful surf videos from creators around the world. From big to independent names, modern to classic, fast to mellow, they are all works of art that inspire us. But these footages scattered across the web, and with endless information online, finding the tasteful ones can be pretty difficult. They believe there is a need for a common space for creators and viewers that love surfing.

So they made a dedicated place where creators can share, get exposure, and collaborate with us to make epic edits. They made it so effortless to discover and enjoy these excellent works for the viewers, indexed right into their hand-picked playlist.

Let's pretend you're planning on surfing Costa Rica and you want to watch surf videos filmed in Costa Rica. You can either use the search function or if you check out the video data of a film shot in Costa Rica.


9. Endangered Waves

Created by the Save the Waves Coalition, Endangered Waves is an app that encourages and empowers surfers to monitor the health of their coastlines.

The Endangered waves app enables surfers (and ocean-lovers) to take a more active role in ocean/coastal conservation by giving them a way to get involved and impact their communities in a positive way.

Here's how the app works. If you see an environmental issue at the beach like an oil spill, eroding coastline, sewage, trash or otherwise, snap a photo with your phone, select a “threat category” from the list that describes the situation, and posts your report. Your photo will get geotagged and shared with the world. Save the Waves will receive your report and alert the proper groups to help with the specific issue.

Eventually, this valuable data will help scientists, local NGOs, and government agencies combat major issues facing our oceans. Endangered Waves is crowdsourced activism at its best


10. DA Surf Engine

DA Surf Engine is essentially a dating app for waves. Matching you with your specific wave preferences. Locating waves that suit your skill and preference. Preventing you from spending hours researching different surf breaks.

With DA Surf Engine app you can search for your perfect waves based on surf preference, experience, wave type, season, and more.

This data-packed surf app gives you the ability to search over 8,000 surf breaks around the globe based on tons of personalized criteria. So whether you’re looking for breaks in your area or for your next surf trip abroad, you can find your perfect wave match in no time flat.


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 Booking.com, 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!