Should you switch to Glassy Zone?

Wearables are slowly becoming crucial in our everyday life. I mean, why wouldn’t they – they allow us to stay healthy, improve our performance in various fields and sport, help us keep track of our progress and, most importantly – let us share the whole experience with others. Because there is nothing more motivating than competing with yourself and/or others.

With more and more useful wearables coming out regularly, surfing market is experiencing a boom in this field and to decide on THE one will soon become quite tiring. To save you all the surfing time (on-line), we went on and researched why Glassy Zone beats the budget competition. So you can enjoy your surfing time (in the water) – more and better!

NOTE: We have included those wearables that were both affordable and in a broad use in the surfing community at the time. We also omitted Windows OS at the expense of Android and iOS as the main two operating systems.

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Having in mind uniqueness of surfing, we’ve decided on the following criteria:

  • Operating system compatibility

What is it: Most of the mobile phones out there operate on either one of the two main OS’s – Android and iOS. And while the first one is an open-source technology and the most widespread one, the latter obtains the largest profit. This duopoly affects many other tech-related markets that have to comply in order to satisfy their customers’ needs.

How does it help you: Regardless of which mobile phone you use to track your data, you should keep in mind that it’s up-to-date and supports the app you want to run, together with the device you want to use. If your phone runs Android or iOS, you are most likely NOT to have that problem

  • Bluetooth Smart

What is it: Marketed towards novel application, Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy) should considerably decrease your power consumption and the cost, while not affecting the communication range.

How does it help you: Bluetooth allows your device to sync with your phone either instantly or after your sessions. Using Bluetooth smart, you will be saving some of the energy allowing you to spend longer time in the water!

  • Battery life

What is it: The largest amount of portable devices use rechargeable batteries (like Li-ion and NiMH) – it minimizes the waste and saves you money, on the long run. Which is what can happen with an excessive use of primary batteries. However, rechargeable batteries tend to “wear off” with time.

How does it help you: Although rechargeable batteries are a good choice for an eco-friendly surfer, they usually have to be charged weekly. The advantage of the primary batteries is that they can power your device for months before running out of strength, which is perfect for those surfers that are forgetful.

  • Accelerometer

What is it: Micro-machined accelerometer, it allows you to measure proper acceleration (“g-force”).

How does it help you: It can work in 3 axis (x,y and z) to give you a better reading of your movement: while in mobile devices it can tell you orientation of your phone, it also measures linear acceleration of movement.

  • Water resistancy level

What is it: There are three levels of water resistance: water-resistant, water-repellent and waterproof. It is usually measured in units of pressure (atm) where 1atm equals 10m/33 feet of water resistance.

How does it help you: Probably one of the most important terms when talking about surfing as it determines up until which point can you submerge your device in the water. While water-resistant devices (usually called splash-proof as they can suffer mild splashes) are often used in fitness, surfers should opt for waterproof devices that could perfectly work even under water. That means no worries when you’re trying to catch that perfect wave!

  • Display

What is it: LED is a flat panel display that uses light-emitting diodes as pixels for a video display, while LCD uses light modulating properties of liquid crystals for the same reason. OLED (Organic-LED), on the other hand, works better without the back-light and it’s often use in mobile devices.   

How does it help you: Allowing you to read into your sessions while still in the water can be quite an important aspect. But it largely depends on the size of the wearable – smart watches are usually bigger because of the screen while bands give you a limited amount of info during your sessions.

  • UV sensor

What is it: Prolonged and unprotected exposure to UV lights can damage your skin and eyes, which can potentially lead to some serious health problems. UV sensor doesn’t offer you the protection but it can read the intensity of UV lights.

How does it help you: If you prefer surfing in warmer waters, chances are you are quite often exposed to the direct sunlight. Although, surfers already do take quite a good care of their health, having an extra protection sensor can make a difference.

  • Gyroscope

What is it: Gyroscope supplements accelerometer by giving you a clearer reading, in this case the angular velocity.

How does it help you: As a part of your band/wearable, gyro will be measuring the movements of your wrist.

  • GPS

What is it: GPS device will accurately give you your location by getting that information from GPS satellites. Although developed by US military, it is available for everyone to use.

How does it help you: Seeing your sessions on the actual map? What’s better than that?!

 

 

FINISH

That all being said – it is up to every individual surfer to decide what is the most important thing for them. However, wearables targeting the surfing community, do offer more specific information and accompanying app that will make you relive your sessions as much as you want – after you’re done.

What Glassy has been trying to do for many years now is to help both beginners and those experienced surfers to improve and elevate their performance: first by offering a complete app that allows everyone to track their session in order to record best experience and analyse their own abilities and then by creating Glassy Zone – a wearable that will let you do all of that and even more, with less of work for you.

What distinguishes Glassy Zone from other wearables is the combination of following:

  1. Price – it’s currently a budget wearable and, as that, quite affordable to many.
  2. App – the quite popular Glassy Pro app already has over 9000 surf spots and thousands of registered user for you to befriend or compare with
  3. GPS – a pricey addition found only in more expensive devices is a vital part of Glassy Zone and one of the must-have’s in surfing
  4. UV sensor

Regardless of your surfing level, maybe it’s time to stop settling down for wearables that are not letting you reach your full potential but instead to focus on those that are made FOR surfers, by surfers.

 

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Once you’ve finished your surf session you’re going to want to do one of two things. Use a beach shower (if there are any) to wash the salt off your board, then bag that baby out of the sun. Washing the board with clean water will reduce salt damage in the long term. Bagging and keeping it out of the sun will prevent dents, weakening of the outer layer and Read more

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“The Mecca of surfing in Europe” and “best wave for pro-surfers” are only a couple of the massive amounts of opinions we have seen being made about the surf from the small town of Mundaka in the Basque Country of Northern Spain. Glassy has its root in Northern Spain therefore this surf spot is pretty important to us but something outrageous is happening there that the world needs to know about, and to us and many others that famous saying about history repeating itself couldn’t be more true.

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Its Friday, so hold tight the weekend is coming! Before that though its time for the weekly recap to keep you lot up to date with whats been happening across our surfing community. The same order as always starting off with the longest session leading on to the most popular spot, then is the most improved surfer and finished up with the max swell. So without further ado here are this week’s stats…

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4 healthy energy drinks to improve your surf!

 

Energy filled surf session
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We all know that feeling when you’re down in the dumps and just really don’t want to get up and start the day, go to the gym or commit to a surf session. When you generally just can’t be arsed and physically can’t move….yep personally i get it on a monday. When our energy levels are as low as the flashing “low-gas” light coming from the dashboard of your car, that’s when we usually grab ourselves a sugar-filled, caffeine-stocked, generally unhealthy drink to get our hearts racing at 90 and make us feel less zombie like.

 Next time it’s going to be different and your body and mind are gonna appreciate it massively! With no caffeine or added sugar in sight, these 4 natural energy inducing drinks are going to transform your day and your surf.

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Today this article is your little pot of treasure at the end of a rainbow if you suffer from lower back pain! Lower back pain sucks because its a real killer and it can come up out of the blue at anytime! Bad posture and technique from a surf session(s) can lead to it building up slowly without you even knowing, or instantly after a wipeout. We understand how painful it is and therefore today we are going to help you to do something about it.

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Surf’s up with Glassy

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 The weekend is almost upon us, there is light at the end of the tunnel (like the photo above)! It is time get you completely up to date with everything that has happened within our Glassy community in the past week. The weekly summary follows the same schedule so we shall get the ball rolling with the longest sessions followed by the most popular spot, leading on to our most improved user/surfer and finally finishing up the stats review with the max swell.

Also we can’t forget about the week’s sickest photos sent in by you, members of our sensational surf community!

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If you wanna maximise your potential in surfing and in life then let’s get one thing straight taking care of you body isn’t just about hitting the gym a few times a week or surfing/charging some gnarly waves on a few surf sessions each weekend.  The bigger picture is proper nutrition is essential in order to surf, therefore we’ve got to think about what we are putting into our bodies as well. Your insides and your outside work together in harmony so if you start neglecting one the other won’t appreciate it at all, and neither will your surf sessions!

 So here is a quick look at how you can improve not only your surf but your life in general by following these 3 simple nutrition baby-steps.

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Join our crew! Collaborate on our blog

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We’ve all got that one thing in common, yep we all we love surfing! We all probably have a wetsuit, a couple of surfboards, spend more in gas getting to our surfing spot than going anywhere else, and we definitely would like to drop everything when the waves are pumping and just jump into the water.


But, what do you do when your are not surfing? Do you have any creative hobbies? If you do then we would love it if could share them with us and our Glassy community. Whether you enjoy writing, creating art, photography or just feel like doing a bit of freelance reporting send it to social@glassy.pro and become a Glassy Collaborator in our blog.


This is the case of our friend and Glassy Pro Collaborator Meel, a surfer from the Canary Islands who apart from enjoying getting waves is a great artist. Here is an example of Meel’s art work, check it out!

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Solar system by Meel

We appreciate everyone that has taken the time to share with us their hobbies and creative side, but sadly we cannot publish everything that is sent in. Also anything that we receive will first get a quick proof-read before being published just to check for a few things like grammar, style…etc.

You own full rights to anything you contribute and  you give consent for it to be published on Glassy.pro. You release Glassy.pro of any liabilities regarding your submission and any inaccuracies that appear in the published content will be seen to be author ASAP once they are discovered.