GTE Surf-Cams unveiled in SurfLink on America Online; new technology provide current images of top Southern California surf spots

SAN DIEGO,CA — "Surfing the net" takes on new meaning now that current images of popular California surfing locations are available online. With the inauguration of GTE Surf-Cams, viewers can access the latest photos, updated each minute, that will show actual surf conditions at various sites on the Southern California coast.

A joint project of GTE and SurfLink Inc., the GTE Surf-Cams will enable water sports enthusiasts to visually check up-to-the-minute surf conditions in San Diego (Cardiff Reef), Huntington Beach, Malibu and Manhattan Beach on America Online (AOL). To access the GTE Surf-Cam images, use AOL keyword: SurfLink.

GTE Surf-Cams represent the first time that cellular technology has been used to provide detailed surf conditions, air and water temperature, as well as tidal and wind information for surfers. Photographic images of the surf conditions will change every minute, providing surfers with access to the most current surf reports. GTE also is providing the necessary land-line technology at certain Surf-Cam locations.

Serving Customers Through Wireless Technology

"Surfing is extremely popular in Southern California and, as a cellular service provider in this area, we believe the GTE Surf-Cam offers a unique way to better serve our customers," says Bruce Nead, GTE Mobilnet director of marketing and customer care. "As a high-tech company on the cutting edge of technology, we recognize the importance and popularity of AOL's online services and see the GTE Surf-Cam as a creative way to showcase our cellular and wireless-data technology."

SurfLink, the first online service devoted strictly to the surfing culture, is a service of the AOL Greenhouse, a business unit of America Online that supports entrepreneurs in the creation of groundbreaking interactive content developed exclusively for the online medium. Designed as a comprehensive resource for all surf-related information, SurfLink features Southern California coastline Surf-Cam images, schedules and timely coverage of surf events, worldwide surf reports, surf trivia and photo contests, current news from surfing associations, coastal environmental efforts updates, as well as live interactive capabilities.

"The Surf-Cam enables surfers to get the latest, most detailed information on surf conditions from home and is the next best thing to actually being at the beach," according to SurfLink president Mark Bertignoli. "Our online service is visited by an average of 15,000 people per day and we are excited about this latest evolution to the comprehensive resource we provide."

GTE Mobilnet is one of the world's largest cellular service providers. The company currently has more than three million customers out of an industry total of approximately 34 million. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of GTE Corp., one of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in the world.