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Sean Collins

Born: 1951-04-08 - Died: 2011-12-26
Cause of Death:
Heart Attack


Death Summary: Collins died in a hospital shortly after sufering a heart attack while playing Tennis in Orange County, California.

Who was Sean Collins : Sean Collins was a famous surfer with numerous acclaims to his credit. He also happened to be well-versed in meteorology. He used this to his gain beyond the waves, when he started Surfline in 1985 as a hotline for surfers who wanted to hear reports.

About ten years later, Surfline became a website, and is currently one of the top surfing sites on the Internet.

According to Wikipedia, he mostly taught himself meteorology. “In the early years of Collins' surf forecasting he would record weather reports and forecasts from the Southern Hemisphere, which he received via shortwave radio, he also studied charts and data from the National Weather Service library,” it says. “By comparing these various data sources with his observations of the surf, Collins devised formulas for predicting how global weather events would impact near-shore surf conditions; these models were eventually combined into a set of swell-modeling algorithms nicknamed ‘LOLA’.”

“In the 1970s, Collins spent extensive time traveling and surfing in Mexico,” the entry continues. “He converted marine weather forecasting equipment for use in an automobile so that he would have advance knowledge of where swells and offshore weather patterns were developing, and in turn used that information to find the best locations for surfing.”

For Surfline, Collins carried the titles: President, Founder and Chief Forecaster.
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2 Signatures in Sean Collins's guestbook

  1. Cheryl Gerlach Folwell Says:

    Was a great mentor & friend to my son Brad, am very grateful for that, and a truly nice person. He will be missed. My thoughts & prayers go out to Daren, Tyler & AJ

  2. chrisie jones Says:

    A greAt surfer. R.I.P.


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