On A Mission: Surfing SoCal Swells With Nixon’s Smartwatch

ALL THE DUDES at the beach called the swell delayed. The device buzzing on my wrist knows better. It’s well before dawn, but that doesn’t stop the Mission, Nixon’s first smartwatch designed for both water and snow sports, from ceaselessly vibrating. A “shred” alert activates. The early-morning swell has arrived. Years of circadian conditioning, tempered by decades of experience surfing 20-plus countries, has prepped me for the ebb and flow of today’s adventure wielding the Mission in SoCal’s breakers. The sun hasn’t even risen and my board is already strapped to the car. The Mission’s buzz is...