World Surf League adds Apple Watch as ‘official wearable equipment’

The World Surf League announced  Apple Watch as the “official wearable equipment” of the league. There’s also a new WSL Surfer app to provide athletes with key information in real time.

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Apple Watch is set to make a splash throughout the WSL’s season this year

Recently, World Surf League announced the Apple watch as the “official wearable equipment of the WSL.” This marks the first time Apple Watch to be named the “official competitor equipment in a professional sports environment.”

Throughout the Championship Tour (CT) season, elite WSL CT athletes will get access to the new WSL Surfer app on Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra to keep them informed while in the water during competition.

The specially-developed WSL Surfer app on Apple Watch syncs with the WSL Scoring System in real time. This provides athletes in competition with the information they need including scores, wave priority, and time in the heat directly to their wrist. Apple Watch is uniquely suited for this task due to its large bright screen, durable design, and cellular connectivity.

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Each WSL competitor will start with either an Apple Watch Ultra or an Apple Watch Series 8 before each head, and each device will come with a pre-loaded WSL Surfer app. The WSL tested the technology over the last season to ensure it meets what the competition needs.

Apple’s director of Apple Watch product marketing Eric Jue welcomed the new partnership:

We’re thrilled the WSL is utilizing Apple Watch for the Championship Tour, making it simple and easy for surfers to quickly glance at their wrist for instant access to vital information. This innovative solution leverages many of the advanced features of Apple Watch – bright high-resolution display, durability, water resistance, cellular connectivity, and a powerful platform for organizations to build custom apps – and the new WSL Surfer app will empower surfers competing at the highest level with the information they need while in the water.

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