Apple Watch - No Android - Blasphemy
Only Syncs with iPhone. Which ever pretentious jerk at Rip Curl decided that should have his head checked.
Really should be marketed as Apple Watch, not a rip curl watch. Boo to you. Boo.
Purchased in September 2021 at Surfstich for $400.00.
Horrible customer service
I have had the GPS watch for less than a year when it stopped working. I have been trying to get hold of rip curl customer service with only automated responses. Save yourself lots of frustration. DO NOT buy this watch
Purchased in December 2020.
Customer Loyalty Sucks
I've had to 2 Rip Curl Tide/Surf watches. Same trouble with both models, the bands break. The first watch just died & couldn't be repaired, the 2nd watch was sent back for a band replacement at the cost of $90, I was up for another band recently which was going to cost another $90 all for a $399 watch. Rip Curl offered a half price deal on one of their newer models which I accepted. Unfortunately I gave my old watch away to a mate with a skinny wrist who could still wear it with the broken band. This was unfortunate, as after failing to mention...it, Rip Curl said they would only honor the half price offer if I sent my old watch back. Apparently their tech staff had to inspect the broken band to make sure it was broken, & they could perhaps refurbish it & sell it to some other sucker as brand new. I have purchased Rip Curl products for over 4o years... not anymore
Purchased for $399.00.
Terrible customer support
While this watch is fun to use while it is working, the customer service is non-existent. I used the watch for a while and had questions-no way to find out answers. Then, after 1 year, it stopped working. I sent it in to be repaired and they have had it for more than two months. You cannot communicate with a human being and all you get are canned emails telling you that you are a “rad customer” for being "so patient". Do not waste your money on this watch until they get their act together.
Purchased in January 2020 for $300.00.
Glitchy at best. App is worse
Ive had my watch 6 years. I have the original. Ive had various problems in that time, all fixable until now. I had over 1000 waves on 2 boards that now says ive caught 20 instead. 6 years data down the gurgler. The support link on ripcurls own gps page does not go anywhere, emails to ripcurl support un-answered, messages to instagram un--answered and just this week a personnal email to " the watch guy " at rip curl and big suprise, no reply. The flat out refusal by ripcurl to not even give me a reply says to me they know their app is severely flawed. For the record if your getting close to 3000 waves on your watch expect the app to start wigging out.
Purchased in May 2014 at Rip Curl for $400.00.
Good watch, ordinary battery life
The watch itself is cool- works well, never leaked. However if you get 18 months out of the battery you’re doing well. Likewise the wrist band- I’m about to post off the watch for the second replacement. I’ve been through two batteries as well. And that’s not using the stop watch function and the light only every now and then. My daughter’s version also made it to about 18 months before battery went. From talking to others this seems typical. Just a pain posting it off, coughing up more coin and not having it for a couple of weeks. I have another digital watch, with very simple functions, however it’s been going for about 15 years. I think Rip Curl would do well improving the battery life. And the longevity of the wrist bands.
Purchased in October 2015 for $250.00.
Not worth the price
Band broke after 3 months and was advised by Ripcurl the band is not covered under warranty.
Also was advised prior to purchase by ripcurl via email an android app was in development and wouldnt be far away. 1 year later when contacted again they said they are no longer producing an app and have no plans to in the future. Will say what you want to hear to make a sale.
Purchased in January 2018.
Awesome watch it does exactly as advertised, the app is great and is easy to navigate. The watch itself has a long battery life in between charges and is easy to charge. It fits well and is very comfortable, light and easy to operate it also reads easy while in the surf.
A great watch for surfers.
Had mine for about a year, it's survived a lot of use however I'd probably be reluctant to use it every day, I pretty much only wear it when I'm surfing , but will wear it for a few weeks at time if I'm surging everyday. With that in mind it's been very durable but I probably would have killed it by now if I wore it every single day.
It's comfortable and very secure on the wrist, can be hard to get on and off but to me that's a bonus as you know it's not going to get ripped off your wrist when the swell is chunky. Speaking of chunky, the wat...ch is chunky, it's a large watch. Doesn't fit too well under a snug fitting wetsuit and it get caught up in the arms of the wetsuit when don your wetsuit, so careful manipulation is required.....or, you can take it off put your witty on then put the watch on, sounds like a mission but really isn't that bad. What's really really cool about this each is the features. Using this watch properly has so many benefits not only with monitoring you surging and performance but being able to track and trend conditions at your favorite breaks and record your best surfs on different boards in different conditions. It really ads another dimension to your surging experience and if you take the time to know and understand the features of the watch you can get a lot out of it I got the watch primarily for its gps aligned tide function which has proven to me to be quite accurate but not perfect, but the closets I've ever seen to bang accurate in remote locations. It has enabled me to be on the money wherever I am on the planet with regards to tidal info, and I've appreciated that a lot . The graphics are lame for a watch of this price point but all that's been improved with the new one version 2, All in all I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the watch if it's something you'll use for all its features other than telling the time, but the new version will be even better!
Well.....Lets hope that the new Search GPS 2 due out in October is a vast improvement...
I have had mine for around 3 years and I do love the functionality of the watch. But.......I have had mine back in for repairs 7 times... and it has been fully replaced twice!!! I have been advised that I am the unluckiest owner in the ...WORLD!! It was fully replaced 18 months ago and started to leak water 4 months ago. Just been advised by Rip Curl that it is out of warranty and will cost me $249 to get repaired. Told them to forget it.
I will wait for the new version to come out and give it a go. I certainly hope that it is a vast improvement on my last one....
The team at Surfection in Mosman where I purchased it from have been fantastic in dealing with this issue.
Didn’t even last 12 months
This is an expensive watch. The band broke within the first several weeks and the watch stopped working yesterday (after a battery change). Rip curls returns policy is so difficult (not the first watch we have had to return) we can’t be bothered and will just go with another brand next time
Need a lot of improvement
The watch is not build to last the rubber band is really fragile and the bad news is that is only one piece with the watch.
The other problem is the accuracy of the data provided, it’s really off.
Also I had a problem with the watch trying to locate signal.
It is a really good idea but unfortunately it wasn’t well designed.
Best watch I’ve ever owned
I really don’t know why there is so many negative reviews about this watch, it’s awesome. I’ve had mine for 3 1/2 years and it’s still going strong. It’s a game changer. I can look back on every surf I’ve had in the past 3 1/2 yrs. Ripcurl are really fair and helpful if you have a problem to. 10 out of 10
Worst watch I have ever had!!!
Do not buy one of these overpriced, basic, horrible watches. It is all just a gimmic disguised as a watermans watch. For $500 I would expected a lot more watch, its junk! The GPS feature never works, for a wetsuit company that prides itself on its rubber the rubber around the face of the watch is disgraceful and rips and deteriorates at the slightest bump. What ever you do look elsewhere and DONT buy one of these pieces of crap. I contacted Rip Curl about the band but apparently it isn't covered under warranty. Absolute Joke! Buy a watch from a watch company!!!!
Rip Curl Tidemaster 2 - a surfing watch that is clearly NOT capable of going in the water
I would give zero stars if possible.
I purchased a RipCurl Tidemaster watch in 2012 to use when I go surfing and have had no end of trouble with it.
Firstly, the battery life is appalling meaning it must be returned almost every 12-18 months for replacement at $50 each time.
First battery died withing 12 months of purchase, returned to rip curl who advised the watch is "water damaged". I don't know how they figure this since it is a SURFING WATCH!!! I.e. of course it has been in the water. They replaced it under warranty, made me pay for a battery and acted like they were doing me a solid favour.
Next battery replacement the same issue - water damaged. They repaired it again under warranty.
Questions & Answers
Distance accuracy of my Rip Curl surf watch appears fine for running & cycling. When swimming, however, it seems to overestimate the distance by over 30%. Am I doing something wrong or is this just a shortcoming of the watch?
I am interested to know about the accuracy of the GPS. On occasion I have used the playback feature on the app. As it tracks me, on about 4 of my waves I appear to have caught the wave out to sea, as it shows me paddling towards the shore with the white line and then turns in to a blue line and heads out to sea, why is that happening? Also it showed I caught 36 waves at least 15 of which were over 150metres, best surf of my life that I never recall happening!
I've never experienced these issues. Accuracy and function have alas been fine with mine
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|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth and GPS|
|Interface||Buttons and Touchscreen|
|Battery Life||0.4 days|
|Construction Material||Plastic and Polypropylene|
|Colour / Finish||Black, Blue, White|
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