Sean Collins: leaving so soon

Life is a mystery. Sean Collins, the founder of Surfline, has passed away on the 26th December, after suffering a heart attack while playing tennis with his wife, Daren.


Collins, 59, was probably the best surf forecaster in the world. He leaves the world of surfing and the his Surfline co-workers in a state of shock.

Sean Collins was born on April 8th, 1952, in Southern California. He became interested in meteorology, through sailing and then surfing. He started riding waves at the age of eight. "I was always looking at charts to plan my surfing and sailing, and developed a keen sense about the ocean", he once said.

Sean Collins worked for Yary Sports Photography, Berzon Talent Agency and for Surfing Magazine. In the 80's, he was already a swell guru and passed information about the wave conditions to his close friends.

In 1990, he bought Surfline and developed a complete line of surf forecast services and products. Surfline.com is launched in 1995 and quickly becomes a internet hit. Watch Sean Collins explaining his wave forecast model.

His company works for the US lifeguard agencies, the Coast Guard, the US Navy Seals, the National Weather Service and multiple international governmental agencies. Sean Collins was considered one of the "25 Most Influential Surfers of the Century" by Surfer Magazine. In 2008, he was inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame.

His work, knowledge and friendship will be greatly missed. Sean Collins is survived by his wife Daren and his two sons, Tyler and AJ. There will be a paddle out for Sean Collins, on January 8th 2012, at 11:00am, in Huntington Beach Pier.