Surfline’s Sean Collins Passes Away
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Sean Collins’ passing yesterday. The founder and president of Surfline suffered a heart attack while playing tennis and was rushed to Hoag Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Collins was named as one of the most influential surfers of all time by Surfer Magazine and was inducted into the Surfers Hall Of Fame in 2008. Early in his career he founded 976-SURF one of the first ever surf report hotlines that eventually transformed into Surfline. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Sean, he was a great man and leader of our industry.—Justin Cote
Inspirational is a word that is thrown around a lot. In the case of Sean Collins, no one was more inspiration when it came to getting surfers in the water. From the first timer to the seasoned pros, Sean Collins was the go-to guy for the most simple yet important question on the mind of every surfer, every day—how are the waves? In the early 80s, Collins revolutionized where and when we surf. His impact on our sport and our lives is immeasurable. But for all his innovations and importance to the surfing world as whole, I’ll remember Sean as a positive force of nature. He was always smiling, always had something good to say when you saw him, and he always had time for you. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of sharing commentary booths, walks to Lowers, and the occasional drink with Sean at some of the parties at the Surfline home office. Sean loved to laugh, he loved to share his vast knowledge, and it seemed like he loved nothing more than to get people stoked to surf.
Sean Collins was a genius, a dedicated father, and a man who gave so much to surfing. We will truly miss you, Sean. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Collins family.—Chris Cote