Graeme's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Huntington Beach, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 10

  • ON DVD:

GRAEME RAE

Chief Scientist
Surfline

“Maybe you just haven’t figured out which little road you’re going to take. But I don’t think it matters which one you take, honestly, because they’ll all end up being the right one.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Education Focus Hobbies & Pastimes Pressure Determination Desire Planning Instincts Passion Exploration Talent

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving

TAGS:

academics, career, color blind, curiosity, hope, maps, military, Navy, obligations, ocean engineering, optimism, problem solving, productivity, security, self taught, ship building, ships, staying busy, submarine, surfing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Originally grew up wanting to join the Navy, but found out he was color blind at age 16.
  • Still had an interest in ships and the ocean, so went to school to study shipbuilding and naval architecture.
  • The Navy hired him to develop a specific set of maps to predict wave height; his students started using it for surfing purposes.
  • He developed his maps into a website he ran on the side; finally, a company invited him out to California to officially jump into the surf world.
  • Was nervous that he might be “wasting” his Ph.D. on “a bunch of guys who just hang out on the beach all day long.”
  • Says his work is as technologically advanced as what he’d do anywhere else, better than government agency models.
  • Might’ve made more money working for the Navy, but would’ve worked in weapons technology; instead, his work puts smiles on people’s faces.
  • Says he enjoys his work at Surfline so much that it doesn’t feel like a career; he still feels like he’s “waiting to grow up.”

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