San Mateo Surfrider and Sean Collins hopes to see you THIS Thursday, February 9 at 111 Minna for a great booksigning bash and a brief primer on Surf forecasting 101.

Avoid lines & buy ADVANCE tickets & books before 11pm tonight.


See this Santa Cruz photographer's photos and bid in the benefit silent auction. | more on Debbie

o Enjoy MUSIC by Shabadoo

Event details follow.

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Join us Thursday, February 9 at 111 Minna Gallery for a special evening with Surfline's founder, SEAN COLLINS, surf forecasting pioneer.

Get your signed copy of Sean's new book, "Surfline's California Surf Guide: Secrets to Finding the Best Waves." It's the ultimate tool for finding the best waves for EVERY MILE of the California coast on any swell -- no secret spots are revealed, though. It's not available in stores for awhile, so get advance copies at special event pricing now. Preview inside here.

Sean will also introduce a 30-minute version of his film, "Making the Call," on how spots like Mavericks and Jaws generate monster waves. Afterwards, he'll walk through an optimal swell analysis of a local SF break and field your questions.

It'll be a fun night with music & drinks...and hear what's new with Surfrider Foundation's San Mateo Chapter, whom this event benefits.

P.S. Can't make it? Sean's all-ages booksigning is Friday Feb 10 in downtown Santa Cruz

Surfrider San Mateo, Surfline & Tribal Surf present...

a SEAN COLLINS Booksigning Party & Film Preview
a Surfrider San Mateo Chapter Benefit

plus a film sneak preview at 8:30pm
"Making the Call" produced by Sean Collins (30 min. director's cut)
a movie on the science behind monster waves

and a Surf Photography Exhibit & Silent Auction featuring Debbie Sidenfaden

Thursday, February 9, 2006
7:00pm - 10:00pm | age 21+

111 Minna Gallery | San Francisco
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Surfrider Foundation's San Mateo County Chapter

NOTE: advance sales end at 11:00pm, Wednesday February 8. BUY NOW!

Pre-order Sean's book for $27 -- get FREE admission + 18% off the $29.95 list price!

ADMISSION (age 21+):
o $3 |
at door & online
o $2 | SURFRIDER SF & San Mateo members in our database (verified at door)
o FREE | SURFLINE subscribers - show your "Surfline-MyAccount" page printout
o FREE | with New Surfrider Foundation membership signups/renewals at the door.
o FREE | with advance online book purchase

$27 earlybird - FREE admission for 1 + book pickup at event
$30 - at event, book only
$33 - custom signed by Sean & shipped

$25 earlybird - DVD + FREE admission for 1; DVD pickup at event
$25 DVD only, at event (list price $29.95)
$28 custom signed by Sean & shipped

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ABOUT SEAN COLLINS & Surfline's California Surf Guide

Surfline's California Surf Guide: Secrets to Finding the Best Waves is a full-color, richly detailed 200-page book that provides all the tools to help you score on any swell -- from swell model graphics and optimal swell windows to high quality photographs and illustrations. No secret spots are revealed, but you'll learn the surf secrets for EVERY MILE of COAST in California. It will also help you understand how to use Surfline, surf forecasts, buoys, and other data so you can always be in the right place at the right time.

At 9 inches by 6.5 inches, it's a perfect fit for a glove compartment or backpack and a must-have for every surfer. The first run is available only through andselect online outlets and events | View Inside the Book | OC Press

200 pages; paperback will color images & illustrations
Size: 9.0" x 6.5
Special Event Pricing: $27 advance; 18% off list price $29.95

The son of a navy navigator and a Southern California native, Sean Collins serves as founder, President and chief forecaster of Surfline. One of the most influential surfers in the surf industry, he is credited with having pioneered and created the first ongoing surf forecast available to the surfing public via Surfline and 976-SURF in 1985.

An avid sailor, long-time Harbour team rider, a standout surf competitor as a youth, Collins had no formal training in meterology beyond a few school courses. Collins' fascination early on with the mechanics of wave-producing storms led him to creating his own personal forecasts. He synthesized data from at-sea ships, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), weather charts, and satellite photos, including late-night weather faxes from New Zealand via a crude shortwave radio. Collins raided the National Weather Service library in Los Angeles, compared week-old weather charts to the surf behind his Seal Beach home and eventually devised his own formulas for making sense of it all. By the early '80s, he was adept at forecasting swells and shared the information with his friends.

Over the last 30 years, Collins has refined his sophisticated technique of wave forecasting, much of which is now being implemented into LOLA, Surfline's special automated worldwide surf forecasting tool using the NOAA Wavewatch III model. Today, Surfline is the leading provider of surf report and forecast information to consumers, businesses and government agencies worldwide via phone, fax, wireless web and the Internet. His expertise has also helped lead to the discovery of remote big-wave sites including Cortes Bank in Southern California. Additionally, he regularly consults with contest organizers, movie production companies, pro surfers, and the Coast Guard.

Sean's passion continues to be to explore new surf frontiers and to find new surf spots to research and surf, and to help others to enjoy great waves. (source: Surfline and Matt Warshaw's Encyclopedia of Surfing). | More Bio | Interview | Surfline Overview |

"MAKING THE CALL" Film Preview

VIEW video clip 1 | video clip 2

This DVD goes where no surf film has gone beforeinto and under some of the most dangerous waves in the world. In addition to showing incredible footage of huge waves surfed by Carlos Burle, Makua Rothman, Mike Parsons and others, learn why Jaws, Cortes Banks, Mavericks, Waimea Bay, Todos Santos Island and the Outer Reefs of the North Shore can create monster waves up to 150 feet high. Surfline's Sean Collins breaks down the hard science and shows you what really makes the magic happen at all these notorious locations. The movie also features revolutionary 3D animations of the underwater swell energy as it passes through the contours of the ocean floor.

Featuring some of surfing's legendary hellmen as they challenge the North Pacific during some of the most epic days in big-wave surfing history, including:
o Carlos Burle at Mavericks
o Mike "Snips" Parsons at the CortesBank
o Ken Bradshaw's 80+ ft. wave at Outer Log Cabins;
o Makua Rothman at Jaws

o Jaws on November 26, 2003: The Day of the Decade
o 1990 Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Contest at Waimea Bay
o Todos Santos Island

Special Event Price: $25 | List: $29.95. 48 minutes.

Includes a Special DVD Bonus: The orginal "Expedition to the Cortes Bank"

Soundtrack features: Against Tomorrow's Sky, Arkham, Arroyo, C Average, Caterpillar, The Expendables, Frank Jordan, Nomads OK, Places to Park, Zen Guerilla and The Ziggens.

Santa Cruz's DEBBIE SIDENFADEN SEK is a Laguna Niguel, sixth-generation Californian surfer girl who grew up frolicking on the lefthanders at Salt Creek. Her love of the ocean was cultivated early on by her body-surfing father, and her photography career was born upon acquiring her chocolate lab, Cody, whom she began documenting on film.

After moving to Santa Cruz in 1994 for college, Debbie began shooting local Santa Cruz contests including the Big Stick Logjam, Surf-O-Rama, and the Memorial Day contest at Steamer Lane. A former fixture on the longboard competition circuit, Debbie now prefers to be on the other side of the lens, photographing from the water, land and air (via prop plane and helicopter).

Visit to view more of her work. Note: The aerial Pleasure Point photo at the top of the page appears in Sean Collins' book.

THE VENUE - 111 Minna
at 111 Minna Street
(between 2nd St & Montgomery)
San Francisco, CA
tel: 415.974.1719

DIRECTIONS to 111 Minna:
o Take US-101 North
o Take I-80 E towards Bay Bridge/Oakland.
o Take the FOURTH ST exit
o Merge onto BRYANT ST.
o Turn LEFT onto 2ND ST.
o Turn LEFT onto MINNA ST.
o 111 Minna is on your left on the corner of Minna and 2nd (between 2nd & New Montgomery; Howard & Mission)

Street or nearby lots. Map

o Chipotle Mexican Grill - 126 New Montgomery at Minna. Open til 9pm.
o Osha Thai - the newest 3rd location, 149 2nd St across from 111 Minna.
o Chaat Cafe - casual, quick n' tasty Indian. 320 3rd St at Folsom, near SFMOMA & Moscone.


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