So I got a GoPro surf hero from my lady for the holidays. I was wondering what your thoughts are on best place to put it on the board, any good tips for use, must have accessories and general overall performance thoughts.
One thing I have noticed is that it doesn't seem to really give justice to the size of a wave ridden If you look at the Mav contest yesterday Healy's left was large then they went to the go pro shot and I just didn't get the same feel for the size of the wave when using the camera..
My wife bought one for me a couple years ago and I got the FCS fin plug installed on the nose so that I didn't lose it, but I have yet to use the damn thing. Something about it just seems kooky when most days are in the waist to chest high range. For days over head high, who wants that thing in their way anyways? I dunno, to each their own, i was thinking of maybe getting the wrist strap or something and just taking it underwater for some cool footage, but when I surf I just want to surf, i don't like distractions.
I recently saw a dude using (and ads online for) a gizmo where it allows you to remotely turn on a camera that you have set up on a tripod on the beach. To me, that's a way more valuable tool. That whole angle with the gopro on the front of the board looking up at the surfer is 1) getting tiresome to look at from an aesthetic perspective and 2) like pumpmaster said, doesn't really show you anything of value in terms of improving your surfing. It's gotten to the point when I see a video posted online and it's one of those gopro looking back vids I just don't watch. You can't tell if a guy is riding a 3 foot wave or a 13 foot wave anyway.
I think the best aspect of a gopro is its durability and waterproofing. That allows you to do a lot of different stuff like strap it to your hands and take turns with your buds filming each other from the inside section. Strap the thing to a long broomstick and have someone longboard behind you on the same wave, stuff like that. Get creative.
Yaeh- I'll be heading to PR for 2 weeks early February so I need to pick up a few accessories I think the head strap might be good for snorkeling areas like Shacks Beach and Steps down by Tres. That way I could keep my hands free also I feel the Floaty is probably a necessity.
a lot of people tag someone with a gopro on their board as being a kook... and no way around it... it does look "kooky" to have one on your board... but where it really pays off is when you get back home and sit down at the computer and check the footage out... 1. its entertaining and cool to sort of relive the session and
2. its a way to better your surfing..... you just have to get past feeling like everyone is making fun of your for having it on your board...lol.
the bright orange barck door floating thing is probably the best accessory to have on it.
It helped me realize areas where I had become lazy over the years.
I had stopped surfing for about 6 years or so then started up again and I noticed I kept hurting my feet/toes...
upon viewing gopro footage it had become clear to me that my popup had gotten lazy. Fixed it...
I also had to start surfing bigger boards as I had gotten heavier over the years.... not fat mind you!!!haha. and it helped me see how I needed to position my feet to help turn the larger boards better...
just my own experience.
my lady also got me one 2.5 years ago or so. i used the adhesive plate to stick it on the nose of my longboard, didnt do FCS plug install as i was not sure if i was going to like it. its cool to see shots on bright blue bird days when its clean and green. but it got old quick cause all shots and videos are similar. i only used it that winter/spring 10 times max when no one was really around. i kinda felt like a kook when waves were good and im messing with camera. also not really worried about a camera when summer crowds are out. for what its worth it never came off that mount. and i put it thru the motions trying to get cool shots. with that said if someone wants to buy mine, i'll part with it.
I have the go pro mounted on the back of my longboard facing forward with a 1 foot carbon fiber attachment that sits up higher so you get a better angle. It's nice to have on small clean days!
Also the www.soloshot.com you guys mentioned is great. I took it on a trip and placed the tripod near a family i met on the beach and it worked really well. HIGHLY recommend the investment. I saw many areas in my surfing that need correcting! ha