Why doesn't Amazon Alexa give me the surf report?

First things first, make sure you have enabled Surfline. You can do this in the Amazon skill store, the Alexa companion app, or by saying "Alexa, open Surfline" on Alexa-enabled devices.

Once you have enabled/downloaded the skill, you can ask Alexa for surf report data by saying "Ask Surfline for the surf report at [your favorite spot]." You can say, "Alexa...

  • ...ask Surfline for the wave height at [your favorite spot]."
  • ...ask Surfline for the wind at [your favorite spot]."
  • ...ask Surfline for the tide at [your favorite spot]."
  • ...ask Surfline for the water temperature at [your favorite spot]."
  • ...ask Surfline for the full surf report at [your favorite spot]."

Once you've linked your Surfline Premium account, you can stream Surfline cameras on any Alexa-enabled device with a screen by saying, "Alexa, ask Surfline to show me [Surfline spot with camera]."

If you're having trouble accessing surf report data from Alexa, please:

  1. Be sure to use the utterances listed above.
  2. Be sure to ask for a specific surf spot instead of a city name or location.
  3. Note that not all surf spots (and their various names) are available via Alexa, but we are adding new spots all the time!

If you find that the Surfline skill isn't recognizing your spot name, please send us a ticket on our support page here. Our spot database has thousands of spots and we're always adding more!

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