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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby MSG » Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:38 am

can you guys advise on the latest/greatest options today?
i.e. any experience with Hero4 Session and/or Garmin Virb XE?
what are the pros/con's of these options especially with respect to mounting on lines/kites/boards.
thx

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby ivarj » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:38 am

I wrote about my top 5 GoPro accessories for kitesurfing here:
http://goproessentials.com/best-gopro-a ... tesurfing/

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby ivarj » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:25 am

Adding this to the list
UKPro 38HDF pole with a floater and an orange grip for better visibility when lost in waves
http://goproessentials.com/ukpro-pole-38hdf/

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby Johhnn » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:52 pm

This is a strut mount I made recently based on a photo someone posted on this forum. It seems to work very well so far.

As others have said, the view from this far away gets boring quickly. It seems you really need to take lots of footage in different places from the kite, from the lines and from shore (using a helper) in order to put together a video that is half decent to watch.
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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby ivarj » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:12 am

have you crashed your kite with this mount? will it stay on?
Looks pretty solid if the strut is properly inflated

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby Lokihel » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:30 am

Why not just use the armband (? I've actually got no idea where it is supposed to go normally) with velcro/elastic around the central strut, near the leading edge of your kite. There is a small section where the canopy is not stitched to the strut.

Your GoPro is unlikely to fall off, and also less likely to tear through the canopy. I really don't like the hard and potentially sharp aspect of using a piece of PVC pipe.
The tricky part is to make sure you are centred in the field of view, which is harder than it sounds.

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby ivarj » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:34 pm

Yeah, i have used the velcro strap also. But it looks like it`s filed smooth so should be fine?

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby Johhnn » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:37 pm

I didn't try crashing my kite. :lol: But I shook the kite plenty while setting up. The mount seems quite solid. I'm making another PVC ring with a narrower gap for better security.

The wrist strap might work. I used the vented helmet strap a few times on my 12 m, but it wasn't snug on my 6 m kite. Also, using the helmet strap required using additional mounting hardware and careful adjustment of the camera position to get the kiter in the center of the field of view. I had several sessions where I worked hard to get video, but the camera was pointing the wrong way. With the PVC mount, I just put it around the strut, pump up and I'm good to go. I think it would be harder to fiddle with the wrist strap, wrapping it around the strut near the leading edge and then getting the angle right, especially in cold weather. I always found it a PITA attaching the vented helmet mount to the strut.

I sanded down the PVC so that it wouldn't grind against the kite too badly. Of course I know that with salt crystals or sand there's always the chance for abrasion, but I will watch it and see how it holds up.

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Re: Best gopro mount for kiting

Postby rogue_kiteboarder » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:42 pm

Here are the best kiteboarding mounts for GoPro:

PKS Strut mount:

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Camrig Line Mount:

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Flymount Fin mount:

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Versa Mount hand Mount:

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