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A paddle out for Sean Collins, founder and president of Surfline, is scheduled for this Sunday, January 8th on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

Collins, 59, suddenly collapsed while playing tennis last Monday afternoon, December 26, in Newport Beach. He was declared dead a short time later at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach. Since then, the tributes have been coming in from around the world, with the surf world saddened at his unexpected heart attack.

Collins, who began surfing in Seal Beach when he was 8 years old, was one of the most influential surfers of our time, developing the forecasting system that first started out as a phone service, then the world’s largest surf website. These forecasts and real-time views of beaches reach 1.5 million surfers a week, with more than 500,000 people logging onto the website each month.

Before Surfline, surfers spent much of their time behind-the-wheel on “surfin’ safari” journeys in an aimless search for waves, hanging out on the beach for weeks at a time, dropping everything, including work and relationships, when the surf came up. Collins’ forecasts changed all that – now, surfers could use their time more efficiently, eventually giving rise to a breed of plugged-in surfers who make their living through high-dollar contests or by chasing monster swells.

Collins sold the company about a decade ago but stayed on as chief forecaster and president, spending much of his time traveling the world searching for surf.

The celebration of Collins’ life is open to all who want to join, but those not familiar with waves should beware because of the forecasted big swell for that weekend. Those who don’t surf can watch from the pier. It will start at 11 a.m.

There will also be a simultaneous paddleout in Hawaii at 11am at Ehukai Beach Park. (Surf depending, alternate location Sunset Beach).

To keep posted and for more info, join the Paddle out for Sean Collins Facebook page.

Feel free to bring flowers and leis to throw out into the ocean for Sean.

A fund has also been set up that the family will direct to various causes Sean would support. Please make checks payable to OCCF, memo “The Sean Collins Surfline Charitable Fund”.

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Surfing has now evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry (SIMA, 2009) but we’ve known little about this large and growing number segment of coastal users…until now. The Surfrider Foundation, with support from Surfing Magazine, created and recently published (July 2011) the Surf-First Surfer Survey to collect a national dataset on the recreational, demographic and economic characteristics of surfers.

The following results are based on the responses from over 5,000 surfers collected from November 2008 to September 2009 throughout the US. The opt-in Internet-based survey was advertised through a number of surf forecasting websites, and Surfline attracted the most responses. So, we now have a better understanding of who we “surfers” are, our recreational patterns, and also the sense of our economic input to the local communities we visit to surf.

The results of the Surf-First survey indicate that American surfers are male (90%), with a median age of 34 years old, have a college education or above, and are employed full-time earning $75,000 a year. In addition, surfers in the U.S. make approximately 100 visits to the beach each year and spend $66 per visit. This amounts to more than $36 million spent each year in coastal communities when summed over our sampled subset of surfers.

So what do you think? Do you fit their findings?

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Well, the last week of 2011 is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about our goals for 2012. Call it ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ or maybe it’s just detailing some goals and changes for a better life, but here’s a quick list to help keep surfing healthy and happy in 2012. Happy New Year to all!

Try Something New. Whether it’s picking up the latest gear from Becker, finally trying SUP, or introducing a new element to add some interest to an oftentimes repetitive surf session, bring something new to the mix to absolutely rekindle the fire of love for the sport.

Improve Your Surf Fitness. Yes, we know fitness is always on top of people’s new year’s list, but think about it, it is always amazing when we feel healthy, strong, and happy. So, push through the sweat and tears, and challenge yourself to be in even better shape, and hence, a better surfer.

Stay Calm. Take some pointers from 11-time champ, Kelly Slater, who’s as calm as a yogi. It’s much easier to stay focused on your task, on winning, etc. if you can stay calm. As we know, frazzled nerves often cause people to fall apart under pressure, so keeping it cool will go a long way.

Give Back to Mother Nature. Every day we get the surf and the ocean, so let’s give back with a beach cleanup every so often. Set a goal of doing this 4 times a year, and join the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to get involved. You’ll feel good about making sure our planet Earth isn’t muddied with your imprint.

Be Charitable. There’s a whole host of organizations that are looking to help others out, but it can also be as simple as giving someone a wave. Imagine that gift!

Let Go of the Fear. Put your fears at bay and go for it – your hopes, your dreams, your heart’s desire. You can surf that wave, and you can be the best at it.

Start Your Day Surfing. A sunrise surf session can absolutely elevate and change your day’s outlook. It’s a glorious start to a day full of possibilities, new adventures, and new friends.

Here’s to the new adventures of 2012!

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The Becker South Bay Surfriders Club contest, the first of the club’s six-contest series this winter, attracted over 200 surfers last Sunday at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach, CA. The entries included 48 groms (12 and under) and micro groms (9 and under).

The idea for a South Bay surf club hit Mike Balzer in 2008. His son Shane was 9 and his daughter Malia was 6. They weren’t enthusiastic about their dad teaching them to surf because they wanted to play with their friends and their friends didn’t surf. That got Balzer’s creative juices going – trying to organize a group to surf. After a year of talks with various people, the club was born. “The positive energy and vibe at that initial meeting was so strong there was no doubt the South Bay surfing community had been waiting for a club to bring families and friends together for fun and to give back to the community and protect our beaches and ocean environment. That was the birth of The South Bay Boardrider’s Club,” says Balzer, who is one of the ten original board members.

The success of that effort was apparent not only from the increase in the number of groms this year, but also by the improvement shown by returning groms. During last winter’s series, they were being pushed into wave by their moms and dads. On Sunday, they were paddling into outside waves on their own.

But, the young’uns are still learning. In the men’s open, “old guy” Ted Robinson, 48, nagged the top spot amongst his younger challengers. The former ASP pro, turned long board pro, turned big wave tow-in surfer, proved he’s not forgotten how to rip the waves.

Here is a list of the top 3 winners in each category:

Results, in order of finish. Men’s open: Ted Robinson, Kelly Zaun, Kent Nishia. Women’s open: Rachel Tominaga, Becca Rosen, Natalie Anzivino. Juniors: Kelly Zaun, Kent Nishia, Jordan Robinson. Boys (14 and under): Chris Stimpfl, Jack Rowan, Kyle Beatty. Groms: (12 and under) Sam Reichel, Cole Warner, Jeff McBride. Micro groms: (9 and under) Luke Snyder, Shane Moseley, Matt Hahn. Longboard: Tommy Ostendorf, Hudson Riche, Jiro Ikeda. Masters (40-59): Ted Robinson, Matt Walls, Warren Kushner. Legends (50 and over): Scott Daley, Mike Purpus, Derek Levy.

The E.T. SBBC contest, the second in the series of monthly contests will be on January 21st at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach.

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The world’s best surfers are getting ready for the 2011 Billabong Pipe Masters in honor of Andy Irons. The Billabong Pipe Masters is the final stop on the 2011 ASP World Title Series and is happening right now!

Can you believe we’re finishing off the year? We hear a solid West Northwest swell is expected for the North Shore of Oahu so it should make for an exciting end to an awesome year of surfing.

As many of us already know, Kelly Slater (USA), 39, clinched a historic 11th ASP World Title at the previous event in San Francisco.

The focus for this Billabong Pipe Masters will be on the Vans Triple Crown Title (the third and last stop) and the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers. The overall winner, based on accumulation of most points during the three contests, will walk away with a Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All) victory. The Nixon WTA and overall Triple Crown of Surfing winner will take home bragging rights and a custom one-of-a-kind black ceramic automatic Nixon 51-30 watch valued at over $10,000 USD.

John John Florence (HAW), 18, newcomer to the elite ASP Top 34 after the September rotation, is currently at the top of the board for the 2011 Vans Triple Crown Title after winning at Sunset last week.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, and defending Billabong Pipe Masters champion Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, have withdrawn from competition due to injury and have been replaced by first alternates C.J. Hobgood (USA), 32, and Adam Melling (AUS), 26, respectively.

The ASP has also awarded two wildcard spots to surfers next in line on the ASP World Rankings: Kolohe Andino (USA), 17, and Willian Cardoso (BRA). Both surfers will receive ASP World Rankings points for their campaigns at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Here are the rankings heading into the Billabong Pipe Masters:

1. John John Florence (HAW) 9,780 pts
2. Adam Melling (AUS) 9,650 pts
3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8,480 pts

1. Kelly Slater (USA) 63,350 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 48,600 pts
3. Owen Wright (AUS) 47,900 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 43,700 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 42,200 pts

The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will run from December 8 – 20, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via

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