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Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby jbw4600 » Fri May 17, 2013 7:22 pm

Hi,
I am getting a Go Pro to take on a trip. I am wondering what the best setup is? I don't really want to get a helmut. Has anyone mounted one on the nose of the board? Is it too low to the water? I am also thinking about getting a head harness and adding a strap under the chin to hold it on. It might get a helmut if I have to. What are good helmuts?
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby OG-AZN » Mon May 20, 2013 7:47 pm

On a thin wood paipo, the camera is too low nose mounted. Raising it up on wood blocks helps a little. Nose mount shots look ok on a bodyboard, and it might work for your super thick foam & glass boards. The best prone footage I've seen comes from pole mounts on the tail, or a back mount harness. The pro bodyboaders are using a back mount harness in contests. I don't know if GoPro sells this (their chest mount harness worn reversed?) or if it's custom. Jarret Liu has some videos where it looks like he clamped a standard GoPro pole to the tail of his paipo. Nice video, but I don't know how secure that set up is. Otherwise, lots of people have made their own custom pole mounts for their boards.

edit: this guy seems to have worked it all out pretty well. His latest simple diy back mount looks similar to what the pros are using.
http://rskdiy.com/page/2

some mat vids where the guy reversed the Gopro chest harness & a recent pro bodyboarding vid w/ some back mount views :
http://vimeo.com/40776582
http://vimeo.com/60114727
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX-Kuuyl ... r_embedded
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby krusher74 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:52 am

I tried a nose mount and the problem is if you aim the cam straight when your surfing you actually point the board to the flats a lot, i have been in 6ft barrels and it looks like i'm on a 2ft wave heading for the beach.

pole mounts are only good for going one way, so need to be at left or right and have pole set up for that direction.


Best I have seen is the use of a chest mount used backward on the small of the back.
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby bgreen » Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:24 pm

Anyone have more updated advice on this topic? The backpack idea looked to have the disadvantage of lots of back of the head action.
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby Nels » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:00 am

I'd say check this link for the most concise and up-to-date GoPro surf gear for prone riders...

http://www.ebodyboarding.com/accessories/electronics.html
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby mrmike » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:58 am

I have a wrist cuff mount works good let you point it where you want not just a fixed point
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby bgreen » Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:28 pm

Thanks Mike and Nels. The wrist cuff has the advantage of being less obtrusive. I bought a Gath helmet a few years ago after a head knock but have seldom used it. I have a trip away later in the year and wanted to get some water footage and photos of my son.
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby SJB » Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:48 pm

Has anyone had any experience with this Gath helmet rig?

http://www.ebodyboarding.com/accessorie ... elmet.html
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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby bgreen » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:04 am

Mike,

This issue was raised with me regarding the wrist mount: "The shots would require you to lift both hands one to aim the other to press shutter". Has been this a problem.

SJB - John Galera swears by the helmet mount.

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Re: Any Hints for Go Pro Camera on a Paipo?

Unread postby SJB » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:37 pm

Thanks Bob. That is a meaningful endorsement. I am going to give it a try.
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