Gameplay involves timing riding down a wave and landing on the next perfectly to gain speed. The faster the player goes, the higher and longer they can jump. While airborne players can perform tricks to collect more points such as flips, grabs and inversions. Wave size and frequency change during gameplay from large Bombora waves to unpredictable technical Gnarl. Levels progressively increase in difficulty requiring player skill as well as some luck. Collectables can also be picked up during play such as coins, boosts and time bounces. The in game coin currency can then be used to unlock characters, power boosts and stage skips.
Players can compete individually or in a tournament. Individually players can compete for the best score on the Game Center leaderboard. Alternatively, players can compete in tournaments with friends and other players world wide with Next Peer tournaments.
Pro Surfing World Tour is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.