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January 18, 1998 | JIM BENNING, Jim Benning is a freelance writer and surfer based in Manhattan Beach
One night near the end of the disco era, Sean Collins excused himself from three surfer friends drinking Coronas at a Cabo San Lucas hotel and strolled through the night air to his pickup truck. He flipped on a shortwave radio mounted behind the seat and listened intently as it sputtered weather data. He plotted the coordinates of a hurricane spinning 500 miles off the coast, noted its wind speeds and direction, scrutinized a map and returned to the table.
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June 3, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Firefighters battling the Powerhouse fire in Santa Clarita will endure another day of high heat and strong winds through the Antelope Valley on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-80s with wind gusts up to 45 mph in the hills and valleys south of Lake Hughes, where the wildfire burning since Thursday has scorched at least 22,242 acres and is 20% contained. Crews will get a brief respite in the morning as a layer of cool, moist air settles over the area, but that will burn off in the afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.
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July 31, 1990 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When he began tracking storms in the Pacific Ocean in the late 1970s, Seal Beach surfer Sean Collins was just trying to figure out how he could catch the best waves on the beaches of Baja. He hardly imagined that a decade later he would be a key player in Orange County's burgeoning surf industry and a veritable guru who--for better or worse--has revolutionized the quest for the perfect wave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Powerhouse fire in Santa Clarita that has destroyed six homes and burned nearly 30,000 acres is 40% contained as of Monday morning, authorities said. Close to 2,200 firefighters battled the wildfire east of Castaic Lake, which has also damaged nine homes. Temperatures Monday were expected to climb into the mid-80s with wind gusts up to 45 mph in the hills and valleys south of Lake Hughes. PHOTOS: Powerhouse fire The fire started shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station in San Francisquito Canyon near Drinkwater Reservoir, officials said.
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August 3, 2008
Board shorts: In an article in the July 20 Image section, shorts worn by surfer Sean Collins in a 1978 photograph were misidentified as Adidas brand. The shorts were made by Sundek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
Wave forecaster Sean Collins was commended by the City Council on Monday for his service to Seal Beach's emergency preparedness operations and for promoting surfing worldwide. Collins volunteers as a storm watch expert for the city and is part of a team that puts preventive measures and response plans into place. In addition, he monitors swells and beach erosion on Surfside and Seal Beach shores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Firefighters battling the Powerhouse fire in Santa Clarita will endure another day of high heat and strong winds through the Antelope Valley on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-80s with wind gusts up to 45 mph in the hills and valleys south of Lake Hughes, where the wildfire burning since Thursday has scorched at least 22,242 acres and is 20% contained. Crews will get a brief respite in the morning as a layer of cool, moist air settles over the area, but that will burn off in the afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Powerhouse fire in Santa Clarita that has destroyed six homes and burned nearly 30,000 acres is 40% contained as of Monday morning, authorities said. Close to 2,200 firefighters battled the wildfire east of Castaic Lake, which has also damaged nine homes. Temperatures Monday were expected to climb into the mid-80s with wind gusts up to 45 mph in the hills and valleys south of Lake Hughes. PHOTOS: Powerhouse fire The fire started shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station in San Francisquito Canyon near Drinkwater Reservoir, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters battling flames in Ventura and Kern counties enjoyed a brief reprieve from the wind Wednesday night that officials said helped the blaze spread quickly earlier in the day. “The fire did die down a lot last night,” said Sean Collins, spokesman for the Kern County Fire Department. “We did have some active pockets, but I think it's being held within the original line from yesterday.” Hundreds of firefighters were battling the brush fire, which burned more than 3,000 acres after starting in Kern County near the Grapevine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Sean Collins, an avid surfer and entrepreneur whose self-taught ability to forecast ocean swells changed the way surfers worldwide chase the perfect wave, died Monday after suffering a heart attack while playing tennis in Newport Beach. He was 59. The longtime Seal Beach resident was a founder of Surfline.com, the Huntington Beach company that employs a proprietary prediction methodology to forecast global surfing conditions weeks in advance. Collins' spot-on predictions transformed the sport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters battling flames in Ventura and Kern counties enjoyed a brief reprieve from the wind Wednesday night that officials said helped the blaze spread quickly earlier in the day. “The fire did die down a lot last night,” said Sean Collins, spokesman for the Kern County Fire Department. “We did have some active pockets, but I think it's being held within the original line from yesterday.” Hundreds of firefighters were battling the brush fire, which burned more than 3,000 acres after starting in Kern County near the Grapevine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Sean Collins, an avid surfer and entrepreneur whose self-taught ability to forecast ocean swells changed the way surfers worldwide chase the perfect wave, died Monday after suffering a heart attack while playing tennis in Newport Beach. He was 59. The longtime Seal Beach resident was a founder of Surfline.com, the Huntington Beach company that employs a proprietary prediction methodology to forecast global surfing conditions weeks in advance. Collins' spot-on predictions transformed the sport.
IMAGE
August 3, 2008
Board shorts: In an article in the July 20 Image section, shorts worn by surfer Sean Collins in a 1978 photograph were misidentified as Adidas brand. The shorts were made by Sundek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
Wave forecaster Sean Collins was commended by the City Council on Monday for his service to Seal Beach's emergency preparedness operations and for promoting surfing worldwide. Collins volunteers as a storm watch expert for the city and is part of a team that puts preventive measures and response plans into place. In addition, he monitors swells and beach erosion on Surfside and Seal Beach shores.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 1998 | JIM BENNING, Jim Benning is a freelance writer and surfer based in Manhattan Beach
One night near the end of the disco era, Sean Collins excused himself from three surfer friends drinking Coronas at a Cabo San Lucas hotel and strolled through the night air to his pickup truck. He flipped on a shortwave radio mounted behind the seat and listened intently as it sputtered weather data. He plotted the coordinates of a hurricane spinning 500 miles off the coast, noted its wind speeds and direction, scrutinized a map and returned to the table.
BUSINESS
July 31, 1990 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When he began tracking storms in the Pacific Ocean in the late 1970s, Seal Beach surfer Sean Collins was just trying to figure out how he could catch the best waves on the beaches of Baja. He hardly imagined that a decade later he would be a key player in Orange County's burgeoning surf industry and a veritable guru who--for better or worse--has revolutionized the quest for the perfect wave.
SPORTS
July 26, 1987
The Valley Dodgers swept a doubleheader from the San Marcos Kings on Saturday at Palomar College in San Diego to clinch the Golden State League championship. The Dodgers (26-6-1), who won, 3-1 and 9-6, set a league record for wins with a 17-3 mark. Pitcher Fred Riscen (6-1) pitched a three-hitter and struck out a team-record 13 batters in the first game. In the second game, Mike Bible hit his sixth home run and Sean Collins had four hits and four stolen bases to lead the Dodgers.
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