- 02 January 2014 | Kiteboarding
Mounting a GoPro surf camera to a kite will result in extraordinary bird's eye view footage. How can you mount your photo and video device to your kite?
Filming from a kiteboarding kite requires a proper adaptation of the camera to the lines or to the kite itself.
In the early days of point-of-view riding, sailors were forced to produce homemade mounts for their surf cameras. Today, manufacturers are already developing specific kite mounts for contemporary kites.
Attaching a GoPro to a kite, or to the kite lines, is not the same as mounting it on a surfboard. You'll have to make sure everything's tight and flexible, so that the camera won't be falling from sky.
The first option is the "GoPro Vented Helmet Strap Mount". Because it has a rubber material, it won't slide around the kite bladder. If you add another velcro strap a few centimeters away, and pass the GoPro cord loop, you'll add double safety layer for keeping gear attached.
Then you'll have to decide your favorite angle, using the classic GoPro attachment point. Adjust the GoPro helmet strap so that it get slightly off-centered. Ready to ride.
PKS has also developed a "GoPro Kiteboarding Strut Mount" that will work in virtually any kite. The brands says that, when strapped, the camera won't move at all.
The alternative option is to attach your GoPro to the kite lines. In this case, the camera sits between the lines, making sure you capture stable and clear photos and video.
Camrig has developed line mounts for the GoPro Hero3. The "Camrig Line Mount" offers a lightweight and tough reinforced nylon construction, as well as independently tensioned and flexible line arms, so that the surf camera can adapt to your riding decisions. For older GoPro versions, the brand has an alternative, too.