Compiled by Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer

Ripple Effect: For surfers, the Surfline in Huntington Beach provides up-to-date information on wave conditions at local beaches. But for film crews, the service's wave forecasters are providing special consultations.

The company says American Express Co. recently came to them for help in shooting a television commercial in Fiji. While Surfline officials say they aren't sure about the subject of the commercial, it apparently involved surfing.

Surfline says it has also provided services for Nike Inc., Anheuser-Busch Inc. and for the feature film "Point Break," in which Patrick Swayze portrayed a surfer.

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