Visual Networking in Action at Surfline.com
Question: What did Cisco say to surfers when they asked,”What is Visual Networking?” Answer: Surfline.com Early last week I attended the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach California. The event and surfing are perfect examples of visual networking and the effect video can have on an entire sports industry. My first interview of the trip was with the legendary Sean Collins, President, Chief Surf Forecaster, Founder of Surfline.com, and one of the most recent inductees into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. The Surfers’ Hall of Fame credits Collins for”pioneering and creating the first ongoing surf forecast available to the surfing public via Surfline and 976-SURF in 1985. He developed the very first live “Surfcam” in 1996, the precedent for the worldwide camera network available on Surfline.com today.” Surfline.com is a surfer’s dream because you can watch the surf conditions of your favorite beach break directly from the home page, via mounted Surfcams around the globe. The ability to,”Know before you go” is an opportunity that has revolutionized the surfing industry. On Surfline.com you can also find the latest contest highlights, surf forecasts, blogs, news, and many other features that engage surfers via Visual Networking. Check out this video of Sean Collins describing how Surfline.com all started.According to Aaron Pai, Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder,”Sean Collins has literally transformed the way surfers chase waves around the world. From Huntington Beach to Mexico and Fiji, the entire surf industry has come to rely on his expertise in surf forecasting.”You can check out the Cisco consumer website here.