Moffat Beach.
Moffat Beach.

Call for ‘stealth raid’ as ire grows over beach camera

A GROUP of angry Caloundra boardriders are planning a guerrilla-style raid to destroy a controversial surf cam at Moffat Beach.

The camera prompted anger from locals when it was installed on top of Norfolks on Moffat Beach Resort earlier in the year, fuelled by fears the break would become overcrowded.

A Facebook group called Kill The Cam was established last month and created an event called cam destruction, which invited users to take part in a "destructive stealth mission" later in the month.

It is believed the raid is planned for midnight on Friday, August 31.

A Norfolks on Moffat Beach Resort representative declined to comment on the matter and was not aware of the planned attack on the premises until contacted by the Daily.

The camera was installed by surfing website Swellnet, which also operates cams at Noosa Heads, Burleigh, Snapper Rocks, Duranbah and Byron Bay.

They aim to save surfers the hassle of driving to check surf conditions.

While it has stirred discontent with some sections of the community, many are accepting it as the shape of things to come.

Windansea Board Riders president Terry Landsberg said his group was not troubled by the cam.

"Moffat isn't really a secret," Mr Landsberg said.

"There are so many other breaks around Australia with cams on them. It's just a part of technology.

"Our position is that it is a crowded break, it is one of the most popular breaks in Caloundra.

"We share it with the Caloundra mal club. But the cam is just part of the future."

Caloundra Malibu Club president Greg Caulfield said surf cams were a fact of life and he used the website himself.

"It is just a matter of accepting it," he said. 

"Yes more people are going to go there, but that's progress."

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