Garmin watches are pretty popular popular among kiteboarders (especially Fenix series). They are one of the best options for water sports - better screen visibility and no touch screen that doesn't work in water
I like using them too, but I was missing some features that would make Garmin watches even better for kiteboarding. Fortunately, Garmin has SDK that allows writing new apps, so I gave it a try. Took me a while to figure out how to do it, but finally here are the first 2 data fields that I created:
Max speed during last 60 seconds:
https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/8cd9 ... aba801bda5
It displays maximum speed reached during last 60 seconds. Ideal for short speed runs to see max speed reached, without getting distracted by looking at the current speed on the watch during the run. It is basically the same metric that I used in my Woo Screen app.
Also, if you accelerate before the jump, most likely it will show your jump take off speed
(check soon after landing).
GPS jump height for kiteboarding:
https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/9694 ... 5a8c401401
Not sure how well this one is going to work. The algorithm is simple - it just displays difference in altitude reported by watch's GPS during last 15 seconds. If certain height reached, it stays on display for 20 seconds unless there is even higher jump detected. This way you can review your jump height after landing, without it being overwritten by lower value right away. As you can expect, GPS is not the best tool to measure altitude precisely - do not expect perfect results. I have not tested it on water yet - will let you know how it compares to Woo once I do
Both data fields are free - give them a try and let me know what you think. They should work on most Garmin watches out there.
Also, let me know what else you would like to see - I'm open to suggestions and ideas
. Even simple things like changing Max Speed interval (30 sec instead of 60
). Do not ask for WOO app though - that is going to be pretty hard to do, so it won't happen any time soon