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The Website Surfers Love to Hate

The Website Surfers Love to Hate

[ad_1] Matt Warshaw still remembers the jolt of horror he felt when the camera went up. It was September 2000, a decade since he quit his job as the editor of Surfing magazine and fled the crowded breaks of Southern California for the cold, isolated waves of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. When he saw the cam on the flagpole at a beachfront house his friend was renting, he was livid, certain that the website it broadcast to, Surfline, would bring crowds to his favorite spot. He wrote his friend’s landlord a letter. “Tom, how could you do this to us?” he recalls writing. “You don’t really know what you’ve done here.” Within a month, Warshaw ate his words. He was using the camera to check out the waves himself. Decades later, Surfline continues to take flak from surfers. “Surfline is full bullshit,” one recent comment on the company’s Instagram reads. Last year, in Venice Beach, California, someone spray-painted Fuck Surfline in bright green within view of one of the company’s cameras. All this griping can …