The Best Surf Forecasting Websites and Apps

The Best Surf Forecasting Websites and Apps

Want to make sure the waves are rolling in your favor? Technology has you covered. Now finding the ideal surfing conditions is just a click away!

A quality surf app will give you access to wave trackers, surf reports, surfing tips, and even coaching. You can check for updates on your local breaks or use the forecast to plan your next vacation weeks in advance. 

So grab your board, your smartphone, and keep reading to learn more about the best surfing app options available to you.


First up in our best surf app collection is Surfline. They're a well-known surf report and surf forecasting company since 1985. Surfline is a crowd favorite. Know the best surfing conditions by looking at their surf report, weather forecast, and long-range swell analysis. 

Both the app and website also give you access to daily stories, podcasts, contest results, and so much more. And if you're skeptical about the reports, you can look at the beach yourself. Surfline has over 300 live surf cams. 

Check our waves here on Emerald Isle

Magic Seaweed

The Magic Seaweed platform provides surfing forecasts on popular surf spots around the world. And the best part? It's free. 

If you're looking for one of the best surf apps, this is it. Each forecast will include information about swell height, swell period, and swell direction. It will also show wind direction, strength, and approximate water temperature. 

If the ads bug you, you can join Magic Seaweed pro for $12.99 per month and gain extra insights and a more detailed forecast. 

Swell Info

This surf app shows you surf reports from beaches in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Swell info gives you a full seven-day detailed forecast, as well as tide and buoy data. 

All while maintaining a sleek and easy-to-use interface. 

Our favorite feature on this site is the hour by hour breakdown.

Click Here to check out Swell Info 


To cross reference your surf reports wind forecasting, Windy is a crowd favorite for the ever changing wind forecast. Windy’s unique reactive maps show the coastline and wind direction. The Windy site also has details on tides and swells. 

And if that's not your thing, Windy lets you customize your page, so it only shows the info you want to see. 

Click Here to visit the Windy App.

* Remember as a surfer on the east coast that most of our waves are produced by wind.

Dawn Patrol 

This one is for our Apple users. Want to turn your Apple Watch into a surf app? Download Dawn Patrol. 

Besides surf and tide reports, Dawn Patrol also tracks your surf sessions. Keep tabs on your wave count, tide times, and calories burned. It's quite the tool! 

Click Here to learn more about Dawn Patrol

Become a well informed surfer with a Top-Of-The-Line Surf App

If you want to ensure you're going to catch the best waves, then check out a surf app or website. The surfing apps listed above are easy to use and reliable. You'll get all the info you need, from surf reports, wind forecast and swell intensity. 

And when you're ready to hit the waves, make sure you have the proper gear!

Contact us at South Swell Surf Shop. We've got you covered.

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