Monday, December 26, 2011

Surfing's Sean Collins has died

The surf world is mourning tonight as news spreads about the sudden death of founder Sean Collins of Orange County. Sean, 59 was playing tennis when he died.

He was a revolutionary in changing the way surfers hunt for waves, using scientific charts to predict swells. He was generous and patient with everyone, always willing to help explain something for my reporting and especially for my book. I spent an afternoon with him at his office adjacent to the Huntington Beach Pier just to talk oceanography and the alchemy of predicting swells.

Read a report in the Orange County Register, which has done right by Sean over the years. You can find it here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011