If there was ever any doubt as to which city should have the "Surf City USA" moniker, the 10 names included here provide a good example of why Huntington Beach comes out on top.
These members of the Huntington Beach surf community include giants in the global surfing industry and locals who have left their indelible imprint on surfing. They've changed the way surfers find waves and taught scores of surfers how to drop in. Sure, there are others who have had an impact on the industry, but these individuals stand out: They are the top 10 most influential members of Surf City's surfing community.
Feel free to fire back, Santa Cruz.
1. Sean Collins, 54, owner of Huntington Beach-based Surfline
Favorite surf spot: His secret spot in Mexico
Influenced by: His dad, Corky Carroll and Dale Dobson
Seal Beach resident Sean Collins surfed all his life and, like every surfer past and present, was constantly in search of an amazing swell in places that were not always consistent. In the 1960s and 70s, the avid sailor began using some of the weather forecasting tools on his dad's 50-foot sailboat to find the right time to hit certain surf spots.