Have you invested in smartwatch tech yet? There's loads of reasons why wearing your surf data on your wrist is beneficial; you can compare the forecast to the waves you've caught, check your speed, number of waves ridden and even record your session. The one downside is that battery life, in some products, can be slightly hit or miss – luckily, Garmin has come up with a neat solution.
The Garmin mission statement is: “To be an enduring company by creating superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and sports that are an essential part of our customers’ lives.”
Enduring is the key word here. You see, the fēnix and Instinct range of Garmin's smartwatches come powered by solar, which makes for a ridiculously long battery life. For example, the Instinct Solar can last up to 54 days when solar charging in smartwatch mode. However, these watches have much more to offer than month-long battery power.
Instinct Solar – Surf Edition
This thing is a beast. Constructed to US military standard 810, and with a 100-metre water rating, it can take anything you throw at it. This GPS surf smartwatch can record your session and has dedicated surf features such as tide data and a surfing activity to help you make the most of your time in the water. Multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) help you track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone.
It’s also great for fitness and health tracking. Monitor how your body uses energy by tracking heart rate, stress, sleep and Pulse Ox. Get the most out of the sports you love with preloaded activity profiles such as running, biking, swimming and more. On top of all that, it has smart notifications to keep you connected to what matters. Shop, here.
fēnix 6 Pro Solar
This premium multi-sport GPS watch has the some of the same surfing features as the Instinct Solar; it can record your session and has other surf-ready features. However, this watch is made of premium materials and has a rugged yet sophisticated design that you can customise with interchangeable bands.
As a multi-sport watch, it tracks more than 30 different activities, including indoor climbing, surfing and mountain biking. You can use it to keep a close eye on your training progress with performance monitoring, including training load balance, VO2 max and altitude acclimation. On top of that, it offers general wellness tracking and convenient smart features that include phone free music, enhanced wrist heart rate, Pulse Ox sensing, smart notifications, Garmin Pay contactless payments and more. Shop HERE.