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.

 

Surf’s up with Glassy

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AlphaCoders

 

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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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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Surf’s up with Glassy

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AlphaCoders

Its Friday and that means its time for the weekly summary of all things Glassy! Same schedule as last time so we are pretty sure you guys know how it goes. Starting of with the longest sessions then on to the most popular spot, next up will be our most improved user/surfer and finally finishing up the stats review with the max swell.

 Oh and don’t forget about the added sweetener that we included last time! We will be showing off the sickest surf photo taken by one of our users this week.

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Surf’s up with Glassy

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Its that time of the week again where we look back on a week of catching waves to see all of the surfing highlights that have been uploaded to GlassyPro  over the past 7 days. I’m sure you’re all pretty used to the routine now but this week we have changed it up a little, however to start with here are the weeks longest session, most popular spot, most improved surfer and the max swell.

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Surf’s Up with Glassy

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 Once again its that time of the week where we do our roundup of all the things that stand out to us here at Glassy for you, our Users. As usual this week has produced some great results so lets get on with it; Longest session, Most popular spot, Most improved surfer and Max swell.

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Surf’s up with Glassy …

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Following on from last week! We’ve been working hard and scanning through all the data from all over the world trying to find all things impressive and Glassy that have happened this week, its safe to say you haven’t disappointed us! Same order as last time, but if you don’t remember then here is how it works… int he following order; The longest session, the most popular spot, the most improved surfer and the max swell.

So kicking-of with the first SHOUT OUT this week goes to Asbjørn Brevik for topping our longest session leaderboard. The session below was uploaded from the west coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. Sweet, keep going!

Longest session:  Asbjørn Brevik 4h 55m in La Punta


Up next is the most popular spot! This week the most sessions racked up came from a spot in southern Portugal and is well known for its fantastic beaches and great surf conditions. A total of 16 sessions from 16 different Glassy users, it must be pretty special!

Most popular spot: Costa da Caparica 16 sessions


Glassy’s most improved surfer is judged on the great philosophy of “Practice makes Perfect!” so the more sessions you upload in the week the more practice you’re getting. This SHOUT OUT for goes to Monkey Surf with an impressive run this week, uploading sessions almost everyday at Ichinomiya, JPN. Congrats, keep it up!

Most improved surfer: Monkey surf with 16h 5m

Monkey Surf Photo

Last but not least we come to the max swell otherwise known as the biggest surf, which has been recorded by our Glassy Users this week. Its no surprise as we saw the same spot come out on top last week, Iceland is at it again topping our charts with some serious surf. If you haven’t already checked out our Cold-water surfing article then take a peak.

Max Swell: Gardur with 10.7m


Remember if you make it on This Week at Glassy and you’ve uploaded a photo of your surf we will include in the report and show your spot to the whole Glassy Community!

Next week there will be another instalment of “This Week at Glassy” so you have a whole 7 days to get out there and track your surf sessions and maybe your name will appear in next weeks edition!

Remember to #TakeTheNextWave and upload your surf sessions for us to see!

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This Week at Glassy …

We’ve had a brainwave! At the end of each week our dedicated team of professionals are going to scour the Glassy database and present to you a roundup of all things interesting and surf-related that have happened over the past 7 days. To start with, the four main areas we are gonna cover are; the longest session, the most popular spot, the most improved surfer and the max swell.

 

So first of all this week we have the longest session, SHOUT OUT to Massimo Rebizi who racked up some serious time catching waves at a spot in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Keep it up!

Longest session: 8 hrs at Derecha de Cartel, ESP

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Next we come to the the week’s most popular spot, so basically its the spot with the most sessions anywhere in the world. Coming out top this week is a spot located close to where the Glassy Pro founder (Mikel) and many of us here at Glassy go to surf…

Most popular spot: 14 sessions at Playa de Lanzada, ESP

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