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Question: What did Cisco say to surfers when they asked,”What is Visual Networking?” Answer: 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, 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 today.” 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 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 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.

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  1. Great feature. I found it odd at first that Cisco would have surfing related content on their blog, but after reading it I understand. As a lifelong surfer I can't describe the impact that Sean and Surfline have had on the surfing industry. Prior to surfline we would do rough calculations in our heads (tide, swell direction, wind direction) to determine conditions or call our buddy who lived near the beach. The surfcam made it possible to know before you go. For older surfers with families who can't stake out the beach all day this has been a godsend. Keep up the good posts.