A few months ago, @trailblazer got me a GoPro HD Surf Hero -- A high-def video camera which comes with a waterproof housing and a mount for placing it on your surfboard. The mount can be installed in two ways. You can either attach the included adhesive disk to your surfboard or you can take your board in to a repair shop and have them install a fin box on the top of your board which the included camera mount can screw into. I decided to go with the adhesive disk, and now that it's installed, it's not nearly as big or as much of an eyesore as I would have thought. My only regret is that I didn't install it sooner!
On my maiden voyage with the HD Hero, I ran into @peterg in the water who has already posted some great photos using the HD Hero. He gave me a few pointers and I was ready to go. His best tip is to keep the camera in "2 second" continuous shooting mode -- as the name would suggest, it takes a photo every two seconds. You end up with a lot of crap to sift through at the end, but more than likely, you'll come away with some gems.
The quality of the photos and video far exceeded my surfing skills, so I'll let them speak for themselves.
The GoPro HD was really easy to install and once you get used to the controls, it's very easy to use. If you want to see what you look like when you're on the wave, you'd be hard pressed to find a better way than the GoPro HD Hero.
I've only started using mine and only 2 days in the water. Here's some of the surf video from Punta Mita Mexico. Day 1, it fogged up really bad pretty quickly and didn't get much good footage. Day 2, i put some uncooked rice in the case to absorb the moisture. It worked much better for about 45 mins before it fogged up. I'd love to get some good anti-fog tips if anyone has them. thanks!
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