Track your waves
Relive your surf
Share your session




Track your waves
Relive your surf
Share your session


Download on the App Store

The App that makes your Apple Watch a Surf Watch

  • Track your surf and count your waves
  • Measure your distance surfed and your wave- and water time
  • Surf forecast of your favourite beach on your wrist*
    * with a Soul Surfer subscription
  • Know your top speed, challenge yourself and your personal achievements
  • Complete your activity rings while you surf
  • Measure your heart rate and calories burned
  • Integrates with Apple’s Health and Activity apps
  • Compatible with Surfline Sessions



Relive and Share

  • View your waves on a map or satellite view
  • Share your best waves on Instagram #dawnpatrolapp
  • Analyse your surf sessions
  • Understand and adapt your surfing to suit your favourite surf spot
  • Analyse your performance per surf board
  • Never lose a wave. Dawn Patrol allows you to synchronize your waves in the cloud



Configure your
personal Surf Watch




These Watch Faces are available for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6 and SE
Use your iPhone to download your favourite surf forecasting Watch Face and install it straight to your Apple Watch.
You’ll need an active Soul Surfer subscription, iOS 14 and WatchOS 7 or higher for this feature to work


Can I delete a wave or a complete surf session?

Yes you can. On your iPhone open the surf session on the map. Now in the bottom panel you see your session summary. Use the “…” icon to delete the session.

To delete a wave, select the concerning wave on the map. You can also swipe this bottom panel to “page” through the waves you surfed during that session. To delete a wave, select the concerning wave and use the “…” icon.

How can I synchronize surf sessions from the Apple Watch to my iPhone?

Make sure that after you finished your surf, you “STOP” the surf session on your Watch. The synchronization will then happen automatically when your Apple Watch is within reach with your iPhone.

Still not synchronizing? Make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are connected. You can do this by swiping up from the bottom on the home screen of your Watch. A green iPhone icon indicates your Watch is connected, a red icon indicates it’s not connected or paired correctly.

If you’re experiencing connection or pairing problems with your Apple Watch or iPhone, please read more instructions on the Apple Support page.

Image of a disconnected Apple Watch  Image of a connected Apple Watch

My heart rate and calories burned are not being measured or stored. How do I activate that?

  • Possibly you did not give Dawn Patrol access to this data. In order to do so:
  • Open the “Health” app on your iPhone.
  • Click on your Profile Picture in the top-right
  • Scroll down to “Privacy” and tap on “Apps”
  • Allocate and tap on “Dawn Patrol”.
  • Now make sure all categories are ON on this screen. Dawn Patrol will start to measure and register your heart rate, calories burned and other health information


I am getting a new iPhone! 🎉
How can I transfer my Dawn Patrol data no my new phone?

Make sure your old iPhone is logged in in the Dawn Patrol app. You can log in using your email address or using Facebook. Log in with the same account on your new iPhone, and your data will automatically synchronize.

If you don’t want to log in you can simply restore a backup of your old phone to your new phone, and your Dawn Patrol data will be transfered.

Do you want to make sure your Health and Activity data also is transfered to your new phone? Switch on “Health” app date in iCloud settings on your iPhone or use iTunes backups. (see Apple’s support page)

I paddled out and it seems some of my waves were not recorded

Have you tried adjusting the sensitivity setting? Sometimes changing the sensitivity to slower waves can help…
We do advise the medium sensitivity setting, as this setting works in most conditions.

Having said that, we do rely on the GPS information the device you use in the water provides. Most of the times this works well, but in some beaches or some occasions the GPS info is less accurate than others. With every release we improve the app and the accuracy of the measurements. We keep learning from the data we’re getting onwards.

How do I change the units for wave distance and speed?

You can change the units shown in your surf sessions on the Dawn Patrol app on your iPhone.

  • Open the app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and select the units you’d like to use.

Our favourite Watch Bands for surfing

NOMAD Straps
All Watch Sizes
We have tried and tested many straps and truly believe we have found the very best Apple Watch straps for surfing, adventure and day to day life. The NOMAD Rugged Strap is a design formal enough for any occasion, yet strong enough for the toughest ocean conditions.
NOMAD’s Rugged Straps are available for all Apple Watches in all sizes.

Watch Bands by Apple
44mm, 45mm and 49mm Apple Watches
Also Apple’s Ocean Band is great for surfing. The Ocean Band is molded in a high performance elastomer with a tubular geometry allowing it to stretch for a perfect fit, even over a wetsuit. The corrosion-resistant titanium buckle and adjustable loop secure the band during high-speed water sports. A band extension is sold separately to fit over your thickest wetsuit.
For extra length, an extension band is sold separately, enabling you to wear the Ocean Band even over your thickest wetsuit. The Ocean Band us compatible with 44mm, 45mm and 49mm Apple Watches.

All Watch Sizes
If you’re wearing a smaller Watch (38mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm Watches) we can also recommend Apple’s Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loops. They are also available for other Watch sizes, so you can get one for every Apple Watch. They come in two styles: Silicone or Braided.

The silicone version of the Solo loop is made from liquid silicone rubber. It features a unique, stretchable design with no clasps, buckles, or overlapping parts, so it’s ultracomfortable to wear. Each band is specially treated with UV to give the band a silky, smooth finish. It’s also swimproof and sweatproof, so it can go just about anywhere you want to wear it.

The Braided Solo Loop band features a unique, stretchable design that feels ultracomfortable on your wrist. Created by weaving 16,000 recycled polyester yarn filaments around ultrathin silicone threads using advanced, precision-braiding machinery, then laser cutting the band to an exact length for a custom fit. The band offers a soft, textured feel and is both sweat and water resistant.