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    don't get me wrong. I have heard great things about ripcurl watches. they r nice and work well. but all my buddies have these 300 dollar silver watches that look all dressy and stylish. but what's the point in having a flashy, blingy tide watch? who needs to know the tide while they r at a bar. check the hundreds of online tide charts. but tide watches r only useful while surfing. wearing them in the ocean while surfing all day. a few inches of tide make a world of difference on reefs, so knowing to the minute what the tided does is awesome.

    all I am saying is when I went to the huge surf shop to buy my watch years ago, he asked me how often I surfed. when I said every day, he replied, well u need a freestyle then. they r for surfers. the nixons and rips r for weekend warriors who want to look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCsp0nger005 View Post
    tide-watches help me when im in the water, so i wouldn't say they are obsolete because they are very useful
    What do you actually do with a tide watch while you are in the water?

    I used to use tide watches before access to tide information became ridiculously easy via internet, phones, etc. I have not found a need for one since. When you paddle out, you should at least know whether the tide is rising or falling and when the next high or low tide is (and even how low or high it will get on that day). Why the need for more specific information?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shorepoints View Post
    What do you actually do with a tide watch while you are in the water?

    I used to use tide watches before access to tide information became ridiculously easy via internet, phones, etc. I have not found a need for one since. When you paddle out, you should at least know whether the tide is rising or falling and when the next high or low tide is (and even how low or high it will get on that day). Why the need for more specific information?

    do you live on the beach? its pretty important if you do. read my post above.

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    tides are pretty predictable right, what about an hour give or take different than the last high tide, i must be missing something in the need to know the tides, what happen to checking the waves or water everyday to see whats it doing, i've had the same ripcurl watch since high school, wore it everyday at lacrosse practice, and many other things, i' dont think i really ever pay attention to the tides on it though, other than a few bands every couple years for a 15 yr + watch it still works great

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    the nixons and rips r for weekend warriors who want to look good.
    ya but the freestyles are so lame in style. I don't know one person that surfs that ones one, and a dude i used to know was a poser surfer and didn't know any better. I'm not knocking freestyle. they probably last longer than a rip curl, but I want something that looks good and performs good period. I'm not into worrying about "looking like a kook" bull****. leave that **** behind at the dork behind the counter at your surf shop.

    and if you feel like you dont need one great. I'm not asking you if you frigging need one. I fish, surf, and live in a flood plain. I need to know my tides, and having it on my wrist comes in handier than a laptop or a damn iphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaMook View Post
    do you live on the beach? its pretty important if you do. read my post above.
    I imagine if your daily life revolves around tides (bay and ocean etc.) then I concede it would be nice to look at your wrist and know the tide height at any given moment. Although I guarantee (without bothering to search the app store) there are free tide apps for cell phones that are as good or better than any tide watch in terms of accuracy and detail. I have lost one too many tide watches (Rip Curl) and even fancy dive watches (Tag Heuer) to Davy Jones Locker due to ****ty pins in the band. Since phones do so much now, I don't even wear a watch anymore.

    With respect to this thread, I was assuming we were just talking about a tide watch for surfing, specifically in the mid-Atlantic, where it's 100% beachbreak. In my view there is no need for on-demand specifics, other than knowing when the next high or low is, how high or low the tide will be, and how much of a swing in tide to expect when you paddle out...

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    And ****, the way it's been lately, I don't give a crap about the tides. If there's any kind of swell, I'm going surfing regardless .

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    like I said, im not hating on your watch =) To each their own. My whole point is that this little 50$ freestyle watch is super light and durable and does what the $300 ones do. And the ONLY time I wear a tide watch is IN the water. I have nice watches that look good that I wear for work and leisure, but my main concern with my surf watch is that is is light, and who cares what it looks like, cause its always under my wetsuit.

    And the reason I use it while Im out in the water is really when im out surfing for a long time and a spot that relies heavily on tides. So, even though you know that the tide is low at a certain time, you can glance down, see if you are on the upswing and see the chart with how fast it will go up etc... I dont really need it on a usual surf session, but when im out boating all day, I can see if its low tide at the inlet so i dont hit the rocks. When im at the beach with the lady and the dog all day, i can see when the exact negative tide will hit so we can walk out on the reefs and stuff...

    Tides are super useful, but I guess in the past 5 years, everyone has a computer/phone on their hip, so with the push of a button in your car in the parking lot, you get the same effect....

    But back in the good old days, my phone didnt work in baja and the tide watch was all we had. I guess in 2010, they are not as important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shorepoints View Post

    With respect to this thread, I was assuming we were just talking about a tide watch for surfing, specifically in the mid-Atlantic, where it's 100% beachbreak. In my view there is no need for on-demand specifics, other than knowing when the next high or low is, how high or low the tide will be, and how much of a swing in tide to expect when you paddle out...
    Good point. thats kinda what i meant. You have to be at a certain kind of spot to make it really useful for surfing. Boating, fishing etc... thats different. If I remember correctly, the crabs in Isle of Wight bay like the high tide when you go crabbing on the bayside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Good point. thats kinda what i meant. You have to be at a certain kind of spot to make it really useful for surfing. Boating, fishing etc... thats different. If I remember correctly, the crabs in Isle of Wight bay like the high tide when you go crabbing on the bayside.
    i understood your point about 50$ versus 300$, but didn't like the indirect kook comment because I bought a more expensive watch. Kooks keep the surf industry in business. Walk into Hollister, I dare you.

    Like i said three times already (as if i should defend the reason for a tide watch) is that i do fish, so species and structure depth is essential. I do surf and most importantly live in a flood plain. I have been landlocked with bay water swirling around my house, and must know when to park on higher ground to protect my car/truck/van. The breaks I surf do in fact have different characteristics depending on the tide And not all NJ breaks are true beach breaks. Groins, jetties and pier breaks make-up NJ's better breaks and break differently on tidal changes. Am I the only one who knows this? C'mon guys.

    BTW your supposed to tell me the best tide watch, remember?