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  1. #11
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    Damn! I wish I would have seen this, I bought a Rip Curl tide watch the same week you posted this for the same price and yours is waaay nicer.

  2. #12
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    Take that shizz back and buy this one...

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    I loved my shark too. Had it out in the biggest swell to hit CA in a decade and it was a champ. I was hanging out on mission one day drinking with all our friends and we decided it was a good idea to jump off the apex of the mission bay bridge. Was way higher than it looks, I hit the water and the watch just exploded off my wrist. I tried to chase it down but it went too deep and I lost it. I loved that watch.
    Sounds insane! Wonder what kind of trouble you could get in for that

  4. #14
    Just curious...what's the necessity of a tide watch? I can get it on my phone in less then a few seconds. Guess it's a cool novelty item. I would be interested in that new gps watch to keep track of a session.

    Love my plain old freestyles. Gotta digital and divers style. They have never failed me...always had them since I was a kid.
    Last edited by mrcoop; May 7, 2014 at 12:29 AM.

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcoop View Post
    Just curious...what's the necessity of a tide watch? I can get it on my phone in less then a few seconds. Guess it's a cool novelty item. I would be interested in that new gps watch to keep track of a session.
    your phone has the time on it, too, but it's a whole lot cooler to have a watch & know how to read it. it's one of those things that you just should know how to do. read a tide chart, tell time on an analog face...it amazes me how many people can't read an analog clock anymore.
    also, when i do long distance, inter-island paddles, it's nice to be able to know what the tide is doing when i cross, enter, or exit an inlet. it's a lot easier to take a quick look at my wrist than to tap my phone's screen a few times & open the right app through the waterproof casing. not to mention a whole helluva lot cheaper if i lose it, too.
    i feel like a good tide watch is one of those things a dedicated surfer/fisherman/waterman should just have.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    your phone has the time on it, too, but it's a whole lot cooler to have a watch & know how to read it. it's one of those things that you just should know how to do. read a tide chart, tell time on an analog face...it amazes me how many people can't read an analog clock anymore.
    also, when i do long distance, inter-island paddles, it's nice to be able to know what the tide is doing when i cross, enter, or exit an inlet. it's a lot easier to take a quick look at my wrist than to tap my phone's screen a few times & open the right app through the waterproof casing. not to mention a whole helluva lot cheaper if i lose it, too.
    i feel like a good tide watch is one of those things a dedicated surfer/fisherman/waterman should just have.
    We'll I can't surf with my phone and if iam in the water and the misses is expecting me home for dinner or need to be at work, i need my watch. Guess I could always read the sun.

    Makes sense with you long distance paddling. If it looks like a swell the next day...I just look at my tide chart, and iam good.

  7. #17
    Does anyone go by sun position for time? Believe it or not, it's simple to get good at if you know the current sunrise and sunset. I love the tide watch and it's great to have a watch out on the break but of the last 10 times people have asked me what time I thought it was when I wasn't out there with a watch, I was within 10-15 minutes on 9 of the occasions, as verified by someone in the lineup who did have one on.

    As for exact timing of tides, I don't know how necessary that is. All depends on where you are. In Maine and Washington, yeah, 20 minutes can make a big difference at certain points. Most others though, if you know whether it's incoming and outgoing, when high and low is that day, and generally what the current time is, then I've seen that you're fairly set with that info. Gotta realize that there is 1.5 hour slack or so on both ends where not much is changing so that knocks out about half the time between tides. How long you plan to stay out is another big factor.

    All depends on location. But try the sundial method. It's fun and you'll be surprised you quick you can calibrate yourself to time via sun position. Cloudy days...not so easy.