The Man Behind The Weather Map

Damien Hobgood sits down with Sean Collins for the inside scoop on forecasting, Surfline, and what it's like always being under the gun.

Updated: August 13, 2009, 8:50 PM ET
By Damien Hobgood

In this technological age, we take surf forecasts for granted. We flip on our computers, open up Surfline, spend a few minutes looking at web cams and maybe another couple of minutes skimming the forecast to see when it's going to be good again. Then we're either off to the beach or back to work. It's never been so easy to know if the surf's up or down. This was hardly the case in 1960 when Sean Collins began surfing in Seal Beach, California. But today, after staring at weather maps ...

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