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Surf-forecasting pioneer Collins dies

Updated: December 26, 2011, 10:40 PM ET
By Jake Howard | ESPN.com

Surfline founder Sean Collins died Monday afternoon near his home in Seal Beach, Calif., according to the Orange County, Calif. coroner's office. No cause of death has been given. Collins was 59.

The founder of Surfline.com and godfather of surf forecasting, Collins was one of the true innovators of the sport. He grew up in Seal Beach in the 1960s and got his start providing daily, phone-in surf reports for the Lifeguard Department in that town.

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