Check the swell like you check the weather — quickly and easily from the Buoy Buddy Widget in the iOS Notification Center.

Even if your device is locked, you can easily see the current conditions. Just swipe down to show the Notification Center, and you'll see data from the buoys that you selected in the Buoy Buddy app.

The app itself has a clean, easy-to-use interface, displaying current conditions as well as a history of buoy data records.

Buoy data is provided by

Before purchasing, check that there are buoys in your area, and make sure they have wave data. North America, Hawaii, and Europe are well covered. If you're already looking at buoys, this app will save you a lot of time.

Buoy data includes wave size, swell direction and swell period. Some buoys have weather information, such as wind and temperature. Tide data is displayed for buoys close to U.S. tide stations. Measurements can be displayed in metric and celsius

There is a limit of three buoys on the Today Screen due to memory restraints for iOS Today Widgets. On iPhone 5S and below, the limit is two.

Tweet @buoybuddy for feature suggestions, questions, or bug reports.

What’s New

Version 1.5

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

You can now view three buoys in the Notification Center on iPhone 6 and up.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Jersey Ripper ,

Love This

I’ve used a number of surf apps in the past to get a report on my local break but generally the best ones update their readings once in the morning and once in the evening. This app is awesome, I can check the conditions based on local buoy readings all day long.

GopherGolfer609 ,

Handy app

I had a few other of these NOAA buoy apps. They all do the same thing, but this one is slicker and professional-feeling, and I can just look in the notification screen to check things quickly. Good job 👍

Damón Disanté ,

Wicked perfect

Simple, useful, quick, accurate. Everything you need nothing you don't. This app nails it! Love how it gives the intervals and direction of the waves at the station... Down to the second. Killer!

App Privacy

The developer, Hot Soup, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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