OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 June, 2008, Huntington Beach — President, Chief Surf Forecaster and Founder of Surfline.com, Sean Collins is among an extraordinary group of watermen being inducted in the Surfers’ Hall of Fame, at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25 in front of Huntington Surf & Sport (corner of PCH and Main).Collins was the first person to accurately forecast swells on a regular basis in the ’70s and early ’80s. He joins fellow 2008 inductees Mike Parsons, Brad Gerlach and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew.
“Wow! I’m still surprised and so greatly honored to be selected for this incredible honor by my peers,” said Collins. “Shoot, I was just originally trying to figure out ways to score more waves for myself and began sharing my work with a few people who wanted to do the same, and then look what happened. I’ve been so lucky to be able to follow my passion and then also to be recognized and rewarded for it.”
A surfer, sailor and self-taught meteorologist, Collins pioneered and created the first ongoing surf forecast available to the surfing public via Surfline and 976-SURF in 1985. In 1992, he added a subscription fax service and in 1995 launched Surfline.com. Collins developed the very first live “Surfcam” in 1996, the precedent for the worldwide camera network available on Surfline.com today.
Over the past 30 years, he has developed a sophisticated, proprietary system of wave forecasting – much of which is currently used in LOLA, Surfline’s Global Swell Model.
The Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of business owners, surfers and surf industry professionals based on contribution, dedication, integrity and revolution to the sport of surfing. The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge. Further information is available online.
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To read more about Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductees, visit http://hsssurf.com/hall.