Understanding the iOS Explore Tab (map of spots, buoys and wind stations)

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Important notes

  • The Explore tab is right next to the Home tab (bottom left of app screen)
  • There is a collapsible tab at the bottom of the screen you can swipe up/down to show/hide
  • You can't click through to a spot/buoy from the map. Click it on the map and it'll appear in the collapsible tab. You can click through to the spot/buoy from the collapsible tab.

What is the Explore tab for?

  • Browsing spots geographically, getting familiar with a new area and identify which spots are working best within a region right now
  • Finding and browsing wave buoys on a map
  • Finding and browsing live wind stations on a map

How to use it?

3 buttons highlighted in red

  • Top: search for a spot or region
  • Middle: be taken directly to your current location
  • Bottom: to set your home/favorite location. Whenever you launch Surfline, the Explore tab will open to the determined area. 


How do I find Buoys or Wind Stations?

Swipe the tab up from the bottom of the screen (if hidden).

Click Surf spots, Wave buoys or Wind stations

Red dots represent buoys that aren't currently reporting data. Grey dots are buoys we are currently receiving live data from. Click on the buoy from the bottom tab to open up a web pop-up with all data from the buoy.

Wind stations are represented by an arrow pointing in the direction wind is currently blowing. All data from the wind station is shown in the tab at the bottom of the screen.

Browsing surf spots

1. Bring the map to your region of interest. 

2. Spots visible on the map can be browsed using the dismissable carousel tab below the map.

3. As you swipe left/right through the spots, the spot selected will show the estimated surf height on the map and the dot will become a pill shape. See below.


4. Click the spot from the dismissable carousel tab to access the forecast page - you cannot click through to spots from the map.


Some spots are grouped together? Others aren't

When zoomed in, surf spots are represented by a colored dot. The color represents the conditions rating, giving you an idea of where might be working. The surf spot sitting in the center of the carousel will look different on the map. Instead of a dot, it will be a pill shape showing estimated surf height.
Swipe left/right within the carousel to see surf height at surrounding spots.

When zoomed out, you will notice spots are replaced by circles with a number in the middle. The number represents the amount of spots within the given area. The colored border surrounding the circle represents the condition ratings of the spots within. Click any circle to be zoomed in to the area.                                                 


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