5 Best Waterproof Surf Watches for Women 2018

Surf watches for women

Are you looking for stylish waterproof surf watches that also handle big wipe-outs? Although I usually don’t like to wear a watch in the water (it’s nice to just get sucked into the timeless space of surfing and not worry about anything except catching as many waves as possible), sometimes you just have to.

You need to know when to catch your last one in, so you make it in time at your work, your kid’s daycare center, your friend’s wedding, your date or your Balinese massage. All super important things you don’t want to be late for.

Surf watches for women
Just one more (photo: Quinten Jacobs)

In the last couple of years, there’s been an immense increase of women’s surf watches. When I got my first tide/surf watch (Nixon Lodown) 5 years ago, the only surf watches available were men’s watches.

It lasted about a year before I pressed a button under water and it broke. Done with the fancy tide watches, I bought a simple but reliable, solid waterproof watch from Swatch.

Surf watches for women
Four years together and counting

Now I’m still happy with it, but it doesn’t give me any info on the tides, and it certainly doesn’t keep track of how fast I’m going on my longest wave. Not that I really need that (at all), but it would be fun nonetheless.

So there are 3 categories of surf watches:

  • A simple waterproof watch
  • Tide watches
  • Activity tracker watch that shows you your surf session statistics (it keeps tracks of your activity/motion)

Whether you’re looking for something simple or more advanced, you’d probably want a watch that lasts a bit longer than a year. I’ve done some research on the latest women’s watches, and here’s my pick of some of the best watches that I found for surfing.

Simple waterproof watches

If you’re not so worried about tides, or if you’re on a tight budget, just go for a simple waterproof watch. According to some watchmakers, analog is a bit more durable than digital, and quartz (battery-powered) watches are less sensitive than complicated mechanical (manually or automatically wound) watches. But this also depends on the manufacturer/brand.

1. Casio Women’s Watch – Cheapest high-quality

Price: Buy for $18.43 on Amazon

Casio has been producing high-quality watches since the 70’s. This Casio Women’s watch is one of the cheapest options you can find without compromising on quality.

Features:
Water-resistant to 100meter (330 foot)
Date window
Japanese quartz movement
Analog display
Buckle closure

2. Rip Curl Women’s Horizon – Most fashionable

Price: $69.96 on Amazon

Got a little bit more to spend? The Horizon, made by one of the biggest Australian surf companies Rip Curl, is not only functional, it’s also beautiful. It comes in four different colors and is just a tad more stylish than the Casio above (but that’s my opinion).

Surf watches for women

Features:
Water resistant to 100 meters (330 foot)
Quartz movement
Silicone band
Analog display

Tide Watches

Obviously, the problem with a simple waterproof watch is that you can’t tell what tide it is. So when you’re out there surfing, and for some reason, you forgot to check the tides or even the whole forecast (can happen, you might have been scrolling through your ex’s pictures on Instagram instead), it’s nice to know what the tide is doing.

Especially when the waves are a bit bigger than you expected them to be, then you want to know if they’re getting bigger with incoming tide (get ready for the monster sets) or hollower with outgoing tide (definitely protect your face when you wipe out over the reef).

3. Casio G-Shock Women’s BGA180 Glide with Tide Graph – Best buy

Price: Buy for $128.81 on Amazon

G-shock watches have been one of the best tough watches for the last 25 years. They are durable and never break. You can even drop this Casio G-Shock from 10 meter without it breaking. Or dive with it, as it can handle 10-bar water resistance. The battery also lasts for 10 years. The small hand of the dial at 9 tells you what the current tide is.

I really like white watches. This one isn’t too big or too small, and the silver and white combination makes it look classy – even for a sports watch.

Features:
Shock resistant
Water resistant to 100 meter (330 foot)
Tide graph
Thermometer
Digital display

4. Nixon Base Tide – Fashionable and functional

Price: Buy for $99.95 on Amazon

Although my first experience with Nixon was a short one, their watches are still recommended by surfing websites like SurferToday.com. Of course, Nixon might just be sponsoring their website or their content. If I look at reviews on surfer forums, there are still a lot of complaints about Nixon (also a few about Rip Curl).

Like I said, these complicated watches tend to be more sensitive and don’t last as long as analog, simple watches. But if you usually buy a new watch every other 3 years or so, then it doesn’t matter anyway. And they do look pretty!

Features:
Simplified tide telling
Water resistant to 100 meter (330 foot)
Tide graph
Time, day, date, future tide times, chronograph and countdown timer
Digital display
Negative LCD for easy underwater reading

Activity Tracker

If you want to go even further and like to share your surf statistics (how long was your longest wave, how fast were you going, how many waves did you have in total) on Insta or Facebook, then go for an activity tracker.

5. Rip Curl Search GPS – Luxury product

Price: Buy for $359.60 on Amazon

Wanna splurge? Check out the Rip Curl Search GPS, which uses motion technology and GPS to show you on a map where you were actually catching your waves. A very cool feature, and definitely handy when you want to get some insight into your surfing skills.

Be sure to charge it after every surf session though, the battery tends to run out fast if you use it in GPS mode.

Features:
Water resistant to 100 meter (330 foot)
Accurate tide readings
Shock resistant
Digital display
Detailed surf performance tracking data
Syncs to the cloud
5 year warranty

I choose: Casio G-Shock Tide Watch

When my Swatch decides to give up on me, I will go for the Casio G-Shock. I do miss reading the tide on my watch, and Casio seems to be a very reliable brand.

What are your thoughts about the best watches for surfing? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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