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The 11th Annual Surfing Arts, Science and Issues Conference

Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:00 am - Feb 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

The Groundswell Society presents
The 11th Annual Surfing Arts, Science and Issues Conference
Modern Oceanography and the Future of Surfing


February 16, 17 2013
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday 8:00 AM – Noon
Sumner Auditorium
Scripps Institution of Oceanography La Jolla, California

Today we have wave forecasts, weather reports and other services readily available online. It was not always so. Join us at SASIC XI for a compelling presentation by Dr. Walter Munk.

Legendary oceanographer, Research Professor of Geophysics, and the Father of Surf Forecasting, UC San Diego scientist Dr. Munk, is often referred to as the world’s “greatest living oceanographer.” He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and the winner of many scientific awards, including the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which is equivalent to a Nobel Prize for Oceanography. During World War II, Walter and the renowned Norwegian oceanographer Harald Sverdrup predicted the surf conditions for Allied landings in Northern Africa and Normandy, saving countless lives and helping the Allies to win WWII. In the 1950s Walter and his colleagues discovered the source of the summer swells. His first Waves Across the Pacific experiment proved that long-range southern Pacific swells originate in the Indian Ocean.

With a creative mind eternally enthusiastic for his work, Walter Munk continues to explore topics that interest him.
Walter’s presentation “Where the Swell Begins” includes his start at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the compelling
story of the Normandy D-Day landings, the source of the summer swells and more!

8:30 Registration
9:00 Introduction – Cher Pendarvis and Glenn Hening, conference co-chairs
9:30 “Waves Across the Pacific” – the 1963 documentary on the landmark Scripps project that confirmed theories
connecting Antarctic storms with surf all around the Pacific.
10:15 “Where the Swell Begins” – Dr. Walter Munk
11:00 Surfzone Pollution: Using Science to Separate Fact from Fiction –Dr. Falk Feddersen, research scientist at
Scripps, will give the Dr. Walter Munk Lecture.
12:00 Lunch
1:00 The Technology, Analysis, and Consequences of Surf Forecasts – Kevin Wallis, Surfline
2:00 Two Extraordinary Swells – Presentations on the Code Red Tahiti swell in 2011 and the early October swell at
Peahi in 2012 – the Surfline Forecasting Team
3:15 The Ultimate Swell – Research and Hypothesis – Glenn Hening
4:00 Conference Conclusion

Alternative and Sustainable Surf Craft Surf Session – north side of the Scripps Pier
Organized by Steve and Cher Pendarvis, the public is invited to participate in a morning of riding waves using a variety of surfboards, handplanes, paipos, and other craft from the fringes of the surfing community.

The conference is open to the public. Registration is $35 and includes free parking, morning and afternoon snacks and drinks and a box lunch. Students/seniors $25. T-shirt add $15. You can pre-register at On-site registration: cash or check only.


Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:00 am
Feb 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm