Sean Collins was both an athlete and businessman with a love for the ocean and creating a source for other surfers to accurately anticipate swells, plan trips and even call in “sick” for the right days.
According to Surfline.com Collins suffered a heart attack while playing tennis on December 26 with his youngest son in Newport Beach, California. He was later pronounced dead at Hoag Hospital.
Collins’ endeavor with Surfline began when the business was a “surf forecasting hotline” that surfers would call for a report. As the business was floundering, Collins was approached by investors to leverage his meteorological and surf knowledge. After two years with Surfline, he launched his own competitor company, Wavetrak, that became so successful, he ultimately bought out Surfline in 1990. In 1995, Collins’ vision evolved and Surfline.com was launched as a website providing free domestic and international surf forecasting and reporting. Surfline.com now reaches approximately 1.5 million unique people per month.
Surfline’s forecasting model is so well respected that it also provides weather and forecasting services to every lifeguard agency in California, the Coast Guard, US Navy Seals and the National Weather Service, not to mention, nearly every surf company in the world.
Collins was named one of the 25 Most Influential Surfers of the Century by Surfer Magazine in 1999 and the eighth Most Powerful Surfer in the Surf Industry by Surfer Magazine in 2002.
The surf and waterman community lost a true leader.