The Beach

Apps, Gear, and iTunes Picks for En­joy­ing the Waves

iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - By Jac­qui Lane

Apps for Sand, Sun, and Tide

Surf Re­port (Free) Be­fore you grab your board and head to the beach, check out the surf­ing con­di­tions with this free app from Oak­ley. Surf Re­port of­fers de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about wave height, wind speed, and wa­ter tem­per­a­ture to help you scope out the best breaks. If con­di­tions aren't ideal, don't worry; you can surf vi­car­i­ously via the app's ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of video clips.

Beach Safety (Free) The ocean is beau­ti­ful, but it can also be quite treach­er­ous. Beach Safety of­fers ad­vice on a wide range of safety is­sues, such as how to iden­tify a rip cur­rent, how to swim out of a cur­rent, how to iden­tify ar­eas where sharks are likely to swim and min­i­mize the chance of an en­counter, and first aid treat­ment for jel­ly­fish and blue bot­tle stings.

Beach Lo­ca­tions (Free) The first step in plan­ning a trip to the beach is choos­ing which beach to visit in the first place. With list­ings for nearly 2,300 beaches (in­clud­ing both fresh­wa­ter and ocean) in the United States, Beach Lo­ca­tions will help you find the per­fect place to park your um­brella.

Au­di­ble (Free) A book may seem like a dated beach ac­ces­sory, but read­ing on your iPhone or iPad in bright sun­light is a recipe for a headache. For a re­lax­ing al­ter­na­tive, stretch out, close your eyes, and lis­ten to your fa­vorite novel with Au­di­ble. With more than 150,000 ti­tles, you'll find ev­ery­thing from clas­sics to the hottest new best sell­ers.

Flush Toi­let Finder (Free) When you have to go, you have to go. Flush Toi­let Finder quickly and au­to­mat­i­cally lo­cates the near­est public re­strooms, a ma­jor con­ve­nience if you're at a beach that doesn't of­fer such fa­cil­i­ties. With more than 10,000 lo­ca­tions in its data­base, you won't be left hang­ing.

WeatherPro ($2.99) Don't leave your per­fect beach day at the mercy of the weather gods—check the fore­cast be­fore you hit the sand. Up­grad­ing to WeatherPro Pre­mium un­locks must-have fea­tures for beach lovers, in­clud­ing hourly fore­casts for a full two weeks, info on sun­light hours so you can catch the best rays, and a beach sec­tion that dis­plays the UV in­dex and wa­ter tem­per­a­ture at beaches around the world.

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