Walter Munk and the Science of Surfing


Thursday, 19th October 2017

Like big waves? Thanks to surf forecasting, you’ll know when and where to find them.
Shalom Jacobovitz/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Today marks the 100th birthday of legendary oceanographer Walter Munk, the "Einstein of the Oceans". Among his many achievements, Walter was the inventor of the surf forecast, used by millions of surfers worldwide to catch the perfect wave.

Walter Munk: the father of surf forecasting.
Holger Motzkau/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA


Senior Lecturer Shane Keating has written an article in The Conversation about Walter's contributions to the science of surfing. Shane has also been talking about Walter on ABC Radio, Zig Zag magazine, and elsewhere. 

In honour of Walter Munk's centennial, Dr Paul Spence of the Climate Change Research Center will be giving a public lecture on the Science of Surfing next week on Thursday Oct 26th. The talk will be followed by a screening of Walter's 1967 documentary "Waves across the Pacific" and a wine and cheese reception. All are welcome!