Dunya Novikova / EyeEm via Getty Images

If you surf, there's a good chance you use Surfline. The call-in swell forecasting service started in the '80s and has blossomed into a video-streaming source of information that surfers rely on to plan trips and or just hit their local break. But those high-definition cameras that surfers use to monitor the waves are about to be used for another purpose: Recording your session.

Surfline app users that also have an Apple Watch (series 2 or later) can now use the company's new Sessions feature that records your rides. The system uses the high-definition Surfline cameras available at many surf spots to save your best waves or wipeouts. Before a person paddles out, they just tap on the large Start button in the Apple Watch app.

Once the "session" has started the surfer just needs to stay within the field of view of the camera -- easier said than done depending on the current. When you're done, just tap to end the session and your video should be ready for you to view.

wearables, surfline sessions, surfline, surfing, services, mobile, gear, gadgets, gadgetry, engadgetoutdoors2019, design, apple watch, apple

If you're interested in more than how you look while surfing, information about the workout (aka surfing) will also be shared with the Health features on the iPhone. Plus all the details about your ride are saved, including the number of waves to caught and how long you were out in the water ignoring your boss' Slack messages.

During my test in Northern California, everything worked as advertised. Well, everything but me. Turns out I was not in the right position to be picked up by the camera. (To be honest, the waves were not breaking where the camera was aimed.) Still, the feature worked as it should.

When my Apple Watch detected that I was riding a wave, it would log how the length of the ride and my speed. When I got back to my car and ended the session, the app synced with my phone and broke out each ride as its own video. Of course, I wasn't in any of those videos, but if I had been in the correct position, I would have had my ride preserved for posterity.

Still, I can share those videos (when I'm in them) with friends when the camera area has actual waves and the whole world can watch me repeatedly fall off my longboard.

Surfers aren't hurting for ways to shoot videos of themselves. Thanks to waterproof GoPros and other action cameras there's been an explosion of footage from the waves. But getting a wide shot that you can easily share with friends without mounting equipment on a surfboard is a nice feature. Plus, you no longer have to convince your non-surfing friends that they should shoot videos of you from the beach instead of relaxing.

wearables, surfline sessions, surfline, surfing, services, mobile, gear, gadgets, gadgetry, engadgetoutdoors2019, design, apple watch, apple

With Surfline's network of over 500 cameras at various popular surf spots around the globe, there's no shortage of places to be recorded. I think the only real issue will be if multiple surfers are trying to get on camera at the same time and certain portions of a break become crowded. Of course, that might free up other portions of the beach for surfers less interested in recordings. The whole point of Surfline is to help you catch waves. Sometimes they'll be in front of a camera, and sometimes they won't but at least you'll have data to go along with your rides.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Internet Explorer Channel Network


LATEST NEWS

NEWS RELATED

Apple Watch Series 7 does not support this feature in India

CloseApple Watch SE Apple Watch Series 7 went on sale in India recently. Among other features Watch Series 7 is designed to offer faster charging. However, as per an update on Apple’s support page, the smartwatch will not support fast charging in India right now. “Fast charging is not available…

Read more: Apple Watch Series 7 does not support this feature in India

Apple extends 20% bonus in India for adding money to Apple ID

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple has given its customers in India another chance to add funds to their Apple ID and to receive a 20%…

Read more: Apple extends 20% bonus in India for adding money to Apple ID

Grovemade desk tray review: Premium desktop organization

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. If you keep a Mac or iPad at your desk, you really should keep the rest of the workspace organized, something…

Read more: Grovemade desk tray review: Premium desktop organization

iPhone 13 Pro remote jailbreak earns researchers $300,000 in hacking contest

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A jailbreaking group has reportedly earned a $300,000 cash prize from the annual Tianfu Cup hacking contest in China, by performing…

Read more: iPhone 13 Pro remote jailbreak earns researchers $300,000 in hacking contest

ICYMI: The Apple Watch Series 7 makes the most of its bigger screen

Cherlynn Low / Engadget All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This week, we’ve got our regular gadget reviews…

Read more: ICYMI: The Apple Watch Series 7 makes the most of its bigger screen

Apple Watch Series 7 That Were Shipped This Week Have Several Issues, Users Say

(Photo : Unsplash/ Christian Wiediger) Apple Watch Series 7 Apple Watch Series 7 have issues with third-party apps, as users who already received the device reported that the icons are missing. Apple Watch Series 7 Issues Some third-party apps do not have icons displayed on-screen. It can be impossible to…

Read more: Apple Watch Series 7 That Were Shipped This Week Have Several Issues, Users Say

MacBook Pro refresh could reuse the iPhone's notch in the display

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The inbound 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro models could end up equipped with an iPhone-style notch, with images allegedly…

Read more: MacBook Pro refresh could reuse the iPhone's notch in the display

Best Deals Oct. 16: up to 24% off Proscenic vacuums, SK Hynix Gold storage, TV show DVDs, and more!

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Saturday’s best deals include discounted SK Hynix Gold storage, Proscenic roboit vacuums, half-price Friends, and more! Shopping online for the best…

Read more: Best Deals Oct. 16: up to 24% off Proscenic vacuums, SK Hynix Gold storage, TV show DVDs, and more!

This Apple device launched last year is already ‘outdated'

Apple's Oct. 18 Event to Center Around MacBooks, Here's Where You Can Watch It

Apple supplier Foxconn set to enter car market this October

Apple Watch Series 7 revs up growing smartwatch market

Qualcomm to lead $4.3 billion smartphone wi-fi chip market in 2021

Scarce chips may pinch Apple's iPhone holiday sales

Apple sacks the leader of the #AppleToo movement for "deleting these apps"

Hands on with the Nike Apple Watch Series 7 with the new Bounce face

OTHER NEWS