|Founded||Southern California - 1985|
|Headquarters||Huntington Beach, California|
Surfline is a company and website based in Huntington Beach, California that specializes in surf forecasting and surf reports, live webcasting, photography, videography, as well as editorial coverage of the sport of surfing.
Surfline was founded in 1985 as a pay-per-call telephone surf report by Southern California surfer Jerry Arnold in partnership with David Wilk and Craig Masuoka, who had founded the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Over 50 surfers were employed to relay dawn surf conditions from their local surf breaks to a central office in Huntington Beach, California, where a special phone system made the reports available to callers for 50 cents each. The telephone number, 976-SURF, became well known in the surfing world. The company received 6,000 calls per day in its first month and grew from there. Surfline's offerings expanded throughout Southern California to Northern California and then into Florida and Texas.
A key feature of Surfline's offerings was a daily surf forecast prepared by Sean Collins, a young surfer and sailor who pioneered the art of surf forecasting. Collins' ability to correctly predict the arrival of new swells made a significant impact on surfing. In 1991 Collins bought out Wilk and Masuoka to become a full partner in Surfline and two years later he bought out Arnold to own it outright.
Collins interest in surf forecasting developed out of his own desire for more accurate long-range surf forecasts for Southern California and the Baja California peninsula. The company started as a call-in service, which provided verbal condition reports for various surf breaks around Southern California. In 1995 Surfline became an online service, offering live video streams of surf breaks in addition to written surf reports.
- Damien Hobgood, ESPN, 08/13/2009, "The Man Behind The Weather Map", Retrieved 05/04/2011
- Marc Lacey, Los Angeles Times, 12/26/1991, "Riding a Wave of Success", Retrieved 05/04/2011
- Joe Haakenson, Costa Mesa Daily Pilot, 04/20/2011, "Before There was Surfline, There were Landlines", Retrieved 05/04/2011
- Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 01/27/2008, "Cameras Show if Surf Is Good, but Surfers Are Getting in Way ", Retrieved 05/04/2011
- Apple Business Profiles, 2010, "Surfline: Catching waves in the palm of the hand.", Retrieved 05/04/2011