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kevinkan



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very cool to see all the windsurfing-originated mounts out there like Jerry's Clew View and Sergey's mast mount.

FYI, the video you linked was taken by two small gum-stick USB HD cams which are really light but not waterproof. They need to go in a special housing which you can see here:

http://www.sunsetsailboards.com/blog/41-windsurf-sessions/110-pictures-and-video-from-a-windy-day-at-coyote

Sergey ended up improving that design via 3D printing and also makes a GoPro mast mount that's more plug-and-play that you can see and buy here:

http://trickcam.com/

We've also used the Manfrotto Super Clamp for mast mounting... it's a little more flexible an can clamp virtually anywhere, but it's fairly heavy and a little awkward.

example here: https://vimeo.com/21508882

http://www.amazon.com/Bogen-Manfrotto-Super-Clamp-Standard/dp/B00009R6BK

damel wrote:
Hey There, I think this is a clip that was taken using the VideoJibe mount:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=h5_yde6ehjQ
I think it requires two cameras and some special software though. The videos are incredible for analyzing freestyle moves and your own technique but not the best for action shots.

@DaisDD- I hope you get the gopro for Christmas. My friend who works for them in Half Moon bay showed me one of the new ones and they are def a step up and easier to use. The hardest part about getting video of windsurfing is getting out with the camera on a good day. Every video I have made is of a mediocre day because when its going off I never consider taking the extra time to setup the camera even though a gopro takes less than 30sec to setup.

-D

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WaterKook



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

damel
A few other things that the Clew-View does over the lashing straps to the clew.

1) the goPro has a lens that is not centered on the camera. The quick release mount on the Clew-View is off set to make the lens centered on the boom/sail so you get an even view on either tack.

2) The polypropylene arms of the Clew-View have a dampening effect reducing vibration.

3) The velcro straps allow you to easily and quickly switch from one sailors rig to another sailors rig on the beach without any tools.

Having the camera hanging upside-down from the clew end of the boom without any protection is risky. The clew end of the boom makes a lot of contact with the beach unless you are very careful. Your buddies might not be as careful as you if you know what I mean. Wink

Can't wait for the wireless remote to come out. They keep putting it off another month though? http://gopro.com/hd-hero-accessories/wi-fi-bacpac-remote-combo/?gclid=CMTX3cb6xq4CFUdN4AodPDB_Cw

noshuzbluz duck jibes look really cool on the video when you do them check out this video from last summer... http://vimeo.com/26620046



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NickB



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow evans that video is way cool! that tandem ride with the kite looked really fun.
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jrpla



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: F-hot mast Mount Reply with quote

F-hot mast Mount is very cool too

not good for waveriding

Go-Pro on mast mount view will make swells flat

here is a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haOwUoIhU7Y&feature=g-upl&context=G2d89a11AUAAAAAAACAA

link to F-hot: http://www.f-hot.com/mount1.html
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npiankov



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is this clew-view mount for duck-tacking? Seems like that could be more of a problem than in a duck jibe. Can it be flipped so that it's above the boom?

Thinking about getting an Hero camera and investigating mount options. Apparently, the handlebar mount from GoPro is flimsy and I end up crashing a fair amount.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Contour 1080 for which I would consider a Clew View, but
the Contour has a standard screw in mount like a regular camera or
camcorder. I don't see that in the Clew View pictures. Can a Clew View
accommodate a Contour 1080?

-Craig

evans wrote:

2) The polypropylene arms of the Clew-View have a dampening effect reducing vibration.

3) The velcro straps allow you to easily and quickly switch from one sailors rig to another sailors rig on the beach without any tools.

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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made a small, light, versatile, tucked-in clew mount from 1/4" Lexan sheet material. I cut two arcs, put a bolt through one end of each to create a set of scissoring "crab pincers", stuck the basic GoPro mount to it, and fasten the assembly to my clew with velcro, little 8" bungee cords, or tape. The camera hangs immediately beneath the clew fitting, centered and tucked up out of harm's way. Rock solid, dirt cheap, tiny, fits any boom, and captures every inch of rider and board plus the "road ahead" on both tacks.

Now, if its danged wide angle lens didn't make overhead swell look like little chop, the camera might get used.

Mike \m/
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like using the GoPro boom mounts like you've seen here, and I also like to mix up the views with an epoxied (permanent) mount out on the nose. Be sure to use the floating camera back or make your own floating camera back when using this because I've broken it off with the mast and had to go back to the lake the next day with dive gear to retrieve it. (still had battery left after filming over 2 hours underwater). Here's a couple of stills I've taken with the nose mount. I also use the helmet mount for another pov. I should point out, it helps to put this on a 12' longboard.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://vimeo.com/37646005

still looking for a good mast mount!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bpbates wrote:
https://vimeo.com/37646005

still looking for a good mast mount!


http://www.flymount.com/
http://www.f-hot.com/index.html

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