HOW-TO MAKE YOUR OWN GOPRO BACKVIEW
In recent years I got hooked on filming my windsurf-sessions as my good friend got himself a GoPro and started filming me bij sailing right behind me.
It gave a very nice ‘point of view’ and gave a good sense of the circumstances that day and also gave me feedback on my technique as I watched myself back on the movie.
One day I saw the movie “A Windsurfing Dream” where a backview was used and I figured out how I could build one myself. It had to be low cost, unbreakable and with a quick release (you don’t want to sail with a stick behind you all the time).
What do you need?:
- 2x plastic cutting board (for in the kitchen)
- flag (pole) holder
- 1 meter long and 3mm thick PVC pipe
- 4x Stainless steel bolt (with round heads) and nuts
- 1x Stainless steel bolt and butterfly nut
- 2x little bolt
- 2x iron strip
- GoPro Flymount or handlebar mount
The plastic cutting boards are the first things we are going to use, these are meant to spread the forces and have to be on the inside and the outside of your harness.
To determine where the holes are to be made you have to use the Flag holder and the 4 holes. I have used a drill-machine to make the holes in my harness.
When the holes are made use the 4 Stainless steel bolts (with round heads) and nuts and the iron strips. The nuts end iron strips on the outside and is necessary make some holes in the iron strips also to make it fit.
NOTE: I have used a plastic flag holder, but you can also use an aluminium one, then you can skip the iron strips.
Now the flag holder is fixed on the harness, we only have to make the PVC pipe steady and quickly to be released.
Put the PVC pipe in the flag holder and drill one hole into the side, in this hole we put the bolt with the butterfly nut for steadiness and quick release. When this bolt is inserted the pipe cannot move or turn.
NOTE: I have made a little curve in the pipe because the pipe was hitting the water too much. You can do this by heating the pipe a little above a fire and slowly bend it to the curve you want. Then let it cool down slowly. Make sure the curve is straight or first make the curve and then the hole for the bolt with butterfly nut.
Put on the GoPro Handlebar mount, make sure you put in the little 2 bolts so it doesn’t move when hitting the water.
For security of not loosing you GoPro I am using a rope which is connected to the harness, goes through the PVC pipe and is connected to the GoPro. This way the pipe can break without loosing it!
ENJOY viewing back your RIDE!!
Note of caution: This mount may damage your sail when being washed!