Today, I got my first GoPro surfing footage. This was quite early in the morning, at Fistral Beach, 2-3ft and offshore. Perfect conditions seeing as I wasn’t so sure how well the sticky mounting pad would hold up.
In the above photo, I haven’t got the leash secured properly like I did in the surf. Always use the leash; today I knocked the camera by accident during a wipeout and it damaged the foot on the white mounting and as a result, the GoPro came off! Thank heaven’s for the retaining leash – I was able to save the GoPro and surf in to safety.
I angle the camera as upwards as it could go, you can’t see the board in my video but I think it looks better for it. The best surfing footage I’ve seen with the GoPro uses this angle. So far as distance from the tip of the board, well my board is a 6’5″ and I the camera’s foot is about 12″ in from the tip. Closer to the tip may be better, but you need to watch the rocker of the board as if it’s too great, you won’t be able to stick the full surface of that white sticky pad down properly.
Now for the video. I only used a 2gig card, but because it’s so easy to start and stop recording, I managed to cover an hour’s session and below are the edited ‘highlights’. Tomorrow is looking bigger, I just hope my replacement white mounting plate arrives in time!