Waves Tracker – Tutorial

In this blog post, you are going to learn how to get WavesTracker going with any watch from our compatible watches list.


Samsung Watch (Tizen OS) users must download and use the Simple Tracker app with the following conf:
Min Accuracy: 37, GPS Interval: 1, E-mail: your_email_address.

Android Watch (Wear OS) users must download and use the Simple Tracker app with the following conf:
Min Accuracy: 37, GPS Interval: 1, E-mail: your_email_address.


Open the Waves Tracker app on your phone and log in if you haven’t. ( “How do I install the app?” for more info )

On the Settings tab enter the following values and save:
[Min Speed: 8] / [Max Speed: 55] / [Distance: 18]

*Note: These settings can later be fine-tuned further until you find the sweet spot where it detects/filters most waves for your surf break.

Step 1:
Smartwatch: start ‘Simple Tracker’ and go surfing; enable the water lock mode if one is available on your watch.
Fitness trackers: start an activity and go surfing; enable the water lock mode if one is available on your watch.

Step 2:
Smartwatch: once you are done surfing stop the Simple Tracker app; tap “send” to receive a GPX (data) file.
Fitness trackers: once you are done surfing stop recording, **export your activity to a GPX or TCX (data) file.

Step 3:
Upload the GPX, or TCX file; to do it, use the “Upload” tab of the Waves Tracker (mobile) app.
The file is then processed immediately and you will see the results on the feed/history of the app.

**Note:
Each fitness tracker watch has a different “export” procedure;
However, most have settled for putting it under ‘Share‘ or a ‘Cog‘.


It is highly recommended to test the app on land by driving around the block to collect enough data and familiarise yourself with the steps above. ( *Note: walking, cycling, skateboarding, may not be enough to test the app! )

In addition to that, the watch app may not work appropriately indoors.

Thanks for reading and until next time, cheers!  

Gui

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