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Tony Butt holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography, worked with the Coastal Processes Research Group at the University of Plymouth for about ten years, and published 18 peer-reviewed scientific papers on coastal morphodynamics. Tony is an expert on swell forecasting, surf science and the coastal environment. He was staff oceanographer The Surfers Path from 1997 to 2014 and has worked for various other international publications. He is the author of Surf Science: an Introduction to Waves for Surfing (2004, 2014) and The Surfers Guide to Waves, Coasts and Climates (2009) in addition to many chapters, forewords and contributions to other books, and hundreds of magazine articles. He was European surf forecaster for Swellwatch 3D from 2007 to 2017. Tony has been surfing for as long as he can remember, and has been surfing big waves since around the early 1990s. He lives most of the year in a forgotten corner of Northwest Spain, and has spent the southern winter in Cape Town, South Africa since 2002. He has been invited to several big-wave events and has appeared in several television documentaries on big-wave surfing. Since 2012 he has been a surfing ambassador for Patagonia. Tony also works with NGOs, trying to convince people that the coastline is one of the most delicate and poorly-understood parts of Nature, and that the more we interfere with it the more problems it will cause us. He was a trustee at Surfers Against Sewage from 2003 to 2017, and is currently on the Advisory Board at Save the Waves and on the Vision Council for World Surfing Reserves.
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