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, on campus at the
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 ore 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 he 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. You can register at the door on the day of the event, cash or check only, or register online below. A limited quantity of T-shirts will be available for $15 at the door for those who register online after the 12th of February, or at the door on the day of the event.

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