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    Surf Cam

    I have been thinking about putting up and Surf cam but am having a hard time finding sorfware or and info on equipment needed to start it . Does anyone know anyone who runs one and what they are using

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    you could probably youtube that kind of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by livin4thesummer1 View Post
    you could probably youtube that kind of stuff.
    I did a google but all I found was CNC programs . I will give youtube a go

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    Make sure you install it in a safe/protected area, otherwise some locals will have a field day with destroying it. 1 month ago, Surfline added a cam to a very local spot in my neighborhood. The thing lasted less than 48 hours... It was removed, without the authority of its owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Make sure you install it in a safe/protected area, otherwise some locals will have a field day with destroying it. 1 month ago, Surfline added a cam to a very local spot in my neighborhood. The thing lasted less than 48 hours... It was removed, without the authority of its owner.
    Yeah where I am putting it would be up High and access would be under lock and key. I you tubed it no luck either

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    The one in my neighborhood is on top of a hotel roof. Locked up and weatherproof. I know the guy that runs the hotel. I plan on surfing down there tomorrow, if I see him, I will ask him what the specs are for the hardware/software... He has a sick setup. Waterproof, adjustable. Users can move the cam... Each user gets a 30 second crack at it, so aside from the perves who are zooming in on as$es its a pretty good cam.... It zooms WAAAAY in... When i surf down there, the wife will pull up the feed from home and check it out. She can zoom right in on me.

    its a pretty good cam....

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    Sweet let me know that would be awsome I just wanna get a basic cam set up i was thinking a Go Pro Cam in a tri pod or some mount would work

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    Matt,i hope not CM,please! i prefer the one at the cove that tricks people

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Make sure you install it in a safe/protected area, otherwise some locals will have a field day with destroying it. 1 month ago, Surfline added a cam to a very local spot in my neighborhood. The thing lasted less than 48 hours... It was removed, without the authority of its owner.
    good for them. having a cam at your spot is going to bring a lot of rift raft. id suggest talking it over with some of the guys in the lineup and see how they feel about it before you do anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by bananadogpizza View Post
    good for them. having a cam at your spot is going to bring a lot of rift raft. id suggest talking it over with some of the guys in the lineup and see how they feel about it before you do anything
    In 2004, I ran a surf website in San Diego. I had a web cam up above a northern spot on the cliffs for about 2 weeks at my buddies apartment, linked up with my linux box. I got SOOOOOO much negative feedback. I didn't mind the crazy emails, but guys started coming up to me in the lineup and having some serious heart to hearts about it... Me and my whole crew had stickers with the sites URL on it. needless to say, it came down pretty quick.... I debated the issue, and I was proven wrong... I did it for the wrong reasons though. I did it for money. Money aint worth it.... sh**, at one point I had links to like 17 cams in SD county. I removed every link. And not that my site was the only one. There were plenty of other links on other sites, but I felt like I was shooting myself in the foot. I was crowding my own spots. Why add to an already overwhelming mess. Two wrongs doesnt make a right kinda thing.

    They were more mad about a spot check map that i made and published at the time, naming every spot from LJ to IB with dozens of spots that are not on a surf map.... The map was worse than the webcam... both came down immediately, now we are all one big happy family again. I still have a copy of "The Map" and I share it with close friends who visit. There are 10 spots on sunset cliffs alone that are not on any map, anywhere, online or otherwise... except my "now private" map =P. It has tide info, island blockage info. Exact swell angles that each spot likes... step by step instructions on where the channels are... Literally an idiots guide to surfing the area.

    So for real, Matt, what I "might" recommend to you, is that you make a "private" web cam... And you can distribute the link to guys you know and trust. Guys who are winter warriors etc... The guys who you want looking... Have it password protected... That way its like having the "key to black's beach's gate".... Only a select few have access to it.

    I will never go the public webcam route again.... It is GREAT to compile info, have feeds for real surfers who are trying to get wet when its good... But my vote would be keep that sh** private! For your own sake and for all your buddies on here... The backlash is not worth it at all.