According to this Los Angeles Times headline: "Sean Collins dies at 59; surfer created system to predict waves".
I don't know him. I have never heard or met him. But seeing "created system to predict waves" one would immediately expect that he must be a scientist. But that's not the case. He is a surfer. He may have worked with a couple of scientists, he himself is clearly not a scientist. But the fabulous Surfline.com he created, which I have accessed from time to time without knowing him, beats many of the wave sites available on the internet in terms of contents or scientific wave information. He is someone to be admired. And indeed he is admired by all professional and nonprofessional surfers worldwide.
The world lost Sean Collins (1952 - 2011) to an untimely heart attack. What a loss! He's only 59. He could make countless many more contributions to surf as well science world in general
Mr. Sean Collins, R.I.P.