In this article we take a look at a few GoPro Bodyboard mount options from some of the biggest names in the industry and offer a little direction where you’ll find them for sale.
The GoPro has been around for a few years and until now attaching one to a Bodyboard or soft Surfboard has always been troublesome. I made one myself about three years ago using an old Bodyboard leash plug, a bolt and the standard GoPro threaded mount. Although it worked to a point, it had a few issues such as the bolt rusting and it never really gripped the board that well and would turn round a lot.
Well, like buses, there seems to have been a run on Bodyboard mounts all of a sudden and they have suddenly become easily available. GoPro themselves have released one, Science Bodyboards and Mike Stewart have their own version and there is even one seeking crowd funding currently on Kickstarter.
In all fairness they are much of the same, although the official GoPro one and the Kickstarter have tried to remove the hassle of the camera turning on the deck of the board by adding a grip on the mount shaft that will cut into the board, or a spike on the underneath of the mount.
One of the problems I found from my homemade version is that the camera ends up sitting almost flush with the deck of the board and if facing outwards, a lot of the imagery captured is spoilt, or tainted by spray from the nose of the board flicking onto or over the lens. This is demonstrated to a point in Mike Stewart’s own video below. It is a shame that none of these big companies have alleviated the problem by constructing a mount that sits just that little bit higher, or offer the choice of an extension piece.
If you are looking for a mount that sits well clear of the bodyboard, then you may wish to consider the CamPole Extended Bodyboard mount that is available in 3 sizes, 35cm, 50cm and 60cm.
All of these mounts are available from $20 for a basic GoPro Bodyboard mount through to $129 for the 60cm CamPole Extended model. By no means is this list exhaustive and if you have any experience with any of the models mentioned or if you can suggest an alternative, we would love to hear from you, and feel free to share any images captured with us on our Facebook page here.