Note from Tristan Haskins > sadly GPS-speed.co.uk as a business is officially closed. I’m still windsurfing, but I’ve stopped selling the GPS units directly. Please use the links below to buy the best watch for windsurfing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding etc. The COROS APEX PRO is the recommended GPS watch for speedsailors of all crafts. Have fun, sail fast and stay safe ? (last update Sept 2021)
Coros Apex Pro GPS multisport watch
Thanks to my windsurfing friend and expert slalom / speedsailor, Michael George for this update. Mike introduced me to the COROS range of GPS watches. That’s why I have to recommend the COROS Apex Pro GPS watch for all watersports enthusiasts looking for the best and easiest to use sports watch. It does everything the Locosys GPS products did – only better.
The best GPS watch for Speedsurfing
I have been a huge fan of the Garmin Fenix range for many years and I still am. The problem with the Garmin devices is the GPS data isn’t recognised / accepted for national records or professional competition by GP3S. For recreational sailing and local competion with friends it’s still a great choice. However, for serious competition and GPS track data accuracy accepted at all levels of competition – it has to the the COROS APEX PRO. In the past I have worn a Garmin Fenix when running, kayaking, cycling etc and the Locosys GT31 when windsurf speedsailing. With the COROS APEX PRO you have one watch does everything.
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The widget below should provide an idea of pricing for the COROS APEX PRO from Amazon. If it’s not working or you just want to be sure you’ve seen all models – click here for AMAZON prices.
These screenshots are courtesy of Michael George K888 all grabbed from his mobile phone after a windsurfing sesssion.
Summary of a Slalom Windsurf session
How simple is this to understand – perfect summary. This is just what us speedsailors are looking for. Number of runs, fastest 100m, 250m, 500m (the important one) and average 5 x 10s (as used on GPS-speedsurfing.com)
Recommended by GPS-speedsurfing.com
This watch didn’t just arrive and then get adopted by speedsailors – the speedsailing side of it was developed in conjunction with the team from GP3S. They worked with COROS to ensure it would provide GPS data in an easy to use interface with all the statistical data necessary for competitive speedsailing. The result – a perfect multisport GPS watch to rival any Garmin, Suunto or Polar.
COROS and GPS-Speedsurfing.com(GP3S) have been working together to develop a tailor made workout mode that enable instant feedback on the water for all our major categories. The current release of this native speedsurfing mode is available for all COROS APEX PRO & VERTIX owners, and will bring a very high level of accuracy combined with a rock-solid hardware design, amazing battery life and a convenient easy-to-use user interface including fully auto-uploading to our platform. We will continue to collect data and improve the speed algorithms together with COROS. Based on the progress we have made so far, supported by hundreds of test miles on the water, we are convinced this combination is a future proof, trustable, accurate & verifiability solution that we want for our platformGPS-speedsurfing,com
More details at the GP3S website
To learn more about this collaborative product please visit GPS-speedsurfing.com. Here you will find an extensive FAQ on the Coros APEX and VERTIX plus a step by step setup guide. Everything you need to get on the water and sailing in no time. To BUY the Coros GPS watches pop over to the GP3S shop or check prices with Amazon below
PLEASE READ – I have left the old content below for reference only. The bottom line is this. For GPS speedsurfing I recommend the Coros Apex Pro or Coros Vertix (well … actually Mike did, so thanks Mike) > shop now at Amazon
PLEASE consider a PLB – it really could save your life
The local community where I live has tragically lost two friends to the sea over the last few years. Competent windsurfers who have drowned while partaking in the sport we all love. Please do these simple things. 1) Support your local RNLI – we forget how valuable they are until we NEED them 2) Always sail with a BUDDY and tell someone when you will be back 3) Consider purchasing a PLB – a GPS equipped Personal Location Beacon. If the worst were ever to happen – activate it and SEARCH and RESCUE will know precisely where you are.
Who wants to speedsail with a GPS unit strapped to their bicep more often hanging about your elbow and flapping around in the wind – not me ! Presenting the Locosys GW-60 GPS watch. Every GPS speedsailing feature found in the GT31 and GW-50 has been incorporated into this convenient WRIST WORN GPS-speedsurfing watch.
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Wrist Worn GPS Speedsailing Watch
Introducing the Locosys GW-60 GPS sports watch. This robust and highly-refined wrist worn GPS sports tool is ideal for all speedsurfing sports. The GW-60 takes it’s place in a long line of established GPS devices used by the world’s best speedsailors. The GW-60 is the natural heir to the LOCOSYS’ Surfing GPS series including the GT-11, GT-31, GW-31, and GW-52.
The best Windsurf / Kiteboard Watch
It stores all the necessary parameters of speed and distance helping surfers optimise each run for maximum speed in each sailing session. The GW-60 is simple to operate and most importantly – it’s wrist worn and water resistant – no more armband Aquapacs required. The GW-60 has been developed in conjunction with speedsailors (windsurf and kiteboard) making it the obvious and reliable partner for all speedsailors. The clever “SPEED GENIE” mode records the maximum and average speed for EACH run – automatically displaying the data at the end of the run. The GW-60 also provides automatic recall of the top 10 x 10 second average speed runs (as well as top 10 max speeds). A useful feature – no disappointing shock when you upload to GPS-speedsurfing.com.
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I’m all for people supporting stores that are involved in our sport. I have seen them for sale in the UK at Poole Harbour Watersports as well as Amazon.co.uk . The team at GPS-speedsurfing.com sell the Locosys GW-60 worldwide offering excellent support and experience using this device. However – please click this LINK to check the price at Amazon ?
Windows & Mac compatible
The GW-60 has been developed to work with BOTH Windows PCs and Macbooks. For those wanting to view data via a dedicated user interface, Locosys have developed a Windows Utility. This is NOT available for Mac users – trust me – that’s NOT a problem.
GW-60 and Windows
Locosys have created this Windows Utility for gathering GPS data and viewing it in Google Earth. The GW-60 PC Utility is a little overly complicated for my liking but it does the job if that’s what you’re looking for. (It takes me back to the GT11 – I think that’s why we all prefered the SD Card approach of the GT31). Whether or not you plan to use the provided utility you MUST ensure you upload the latest driver and firmware available from the Locosys website.
Most people won’t need to use the Utility as they only want to extract the GPS data for upload to GPS-speedsurfing.com. Once the Windows driver has been installed it’s quite easy to connect the watch as an external memory device.
For BOTH Macbook and Windows users the watch has to be set in to USB/MSC mode (more details here from Seabreeze.com.au). Plug it in to the USB and you should see (via File Manager/Windows Explorer) “LOCOSYS_MSC” displayed as a USB drive in Windows Explorer – now simply “Cut/Copy” the file >GPSLOG.SBP< and Paste to a folder on your PC. This SBP file can now be renamed and uploaded to GPS-speedsurfing.com
More details on the utility can be found here > Locosys User Guide
The best Dive Watches available today
Don’t forget what this new website is all about. ChronoDivers.com wants to help you buy the best dive watches at the lowest prices. Most popular right now are the classic Seiko divers watches like the SKX009 Pepsi and it’s black bezelled sibling the Seiko SKX007. The iconic Seiko case designs are always popular with their value going up all the time, especially some of the older Seiko Turtle watches from the 1970’s.
Pre-owned Rolex Submariner prices SOAR
There is one particular diver’s watch that has seen its prices go through the roof recently – the Rolex Submariner has literally doubled in value in 2020 – some “basic” models selling for over £25,000 (that’s triple the original retail value). Demand in pre-owned, authentic Submariners was aroused when Rolex launched their NEW Submariner series (reference numbers beginning 12xxxx). Watches selling for the most at present are the all green Rolex Hulk 116610LV and the Rolex Kermit 16610LV (green dial, black bezel) –
GW-60 and Macbook
The Macbook user can connect the GW-60 directly to the Macbook using the supplied USB cable. For BOTH Macbook and Windows users the watch has to be set in to USB/MSC mode (more details here from Seabreeze.com.au) . The GW-60 can be found with other external storage devices. Download the SBP file to your desktop or other suitable folder, rename and upload to GPS-Speedsurfing.com
How to upload a session with the GW-60 GPS to GPS-Speedsurfing.com
With the brand new GW-60 GPS uploading your session to GPS-Speedsurfing.com is so easy now… plug it in like a USB drive and use our enhanced web-uploader, your session will be uploaded in just seconds
How to upgrade the firmware on GW-60 GPS
Short video with detailed instructions how to upgrade your GW-60 GPS with the latest firmware from Locosys. After upgrading it can be connected as external USB device on both Mac and Windows machines
First go of the new Locosys GW-60
This watch has been in the making for some time after many windsurfers giving Locosys information on what they wanted the team at Locosys listened and came up with this new model and first impressions it seems to be just what we all wanted. Should be very useful for many other water sports with its very high GPS accuracy.
This video is about How to start your session with your GW-60
A short – How to start your session with your GW-60, the new Full Doppler GPS for GPS-Speedsurfing.com. GW-60 is a solid highly-refined and wearable GPS for gps-speedsurfing.com, it is the natural heir to the LOCOSYS’ Surfing GPS series (GT-11, GT-31 and GW-52). This makes the GW-60 the perfect GPS device for high-speeds sports like speedsurfing, kite-surfing, ice-sailing, motor & car-racing, karting and many many more !
In the past I used to sell GPS units and I’m proud to have supplied the older unit, the GT31, to the UK’s fastest sailors including, Dave White, Farrel O’Shea, Steve Thorp, Pete Young, Zara Davis, Jim Crossley, Stuart Trunkfield, Graham Clegg, Ian Richards, Bob Cunningham, Adam Gustafsson, Neil Hardwick, Mark Hayford, Pete Davis, Michael George, Darren Mathers, Paul Burgess, Chris Bates, Howard Rowson (“The Weatherman”), Paul Simmons and Mark Bailey. A name for future 50 knots plus is SCOTTY STALLMAN seen in action below.
Nowadays I sail for FUN and only get my speed kit out for big West Kirby days. The picture below was one of my quickest sessions squeezing 43 knots from a 40cm Moo Custom speed board and a Tushingham X15 slalom / speed sail. My YouTube Channel for Speedsurfing is still active