Helmet for GoPro/Garmin VIRB?

3 months 3 days ago #33398 by DMax
Hi all
Just wondering if anyone has advice on the best type of helmet to mount a GoPro/VIRB to for downwind ocean paddling?  Is it as simple as just getting a vented bicycle helmet and a helmet mount for the camera? 
The head strap that I've been using gets knocked off paddling out through the impact zone and I thought a helmet would have a better chance of staying on my head when hit by a foamy!
Cheers and thanks.
Dave

Cheers, Dave

Current boat: Fenn Swordfish S (Hybrid layup).
Previous boats: Epic V8 (Performance layup), Stella SR (Excel layup).

Location: Sydney, Australia.

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3 months 3 days ago #33399 by robin.mousley
Yep, just as simple as that I think.

Be sure though to get a helmet that fits properly.  I used an old helmet that didn't and my early videos all had a horizon tilted at 10degrees off horizontal...  aaaaargh!

Rob

Currently Fenn Swordfish S, Epic V10 Double.
Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...

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3 months 2 days ago #33400 by DMax
Replied by DMax on topic Helmet for GoPro/Garmin VIRB?
Hahaha!  Thanks Rob.  I've seen a few of your videos where you're wearing the helmet and I'd imagine you'd forget it was on after a while.  Thanks for the advice.  I'll start having a look around for a light helmet in high vis colours hopefully.
Cheers
Dave

Cheers, Dave

Current boat: Fenn Swordfish S (Hybrid layup).
Previous boats: Epic V8 (Performance layup), Stella SR (Excel layup).

Location: Sydney, Australia.

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3 months 2 days ago #33401 by robin.mousley
Or of course, you could use a mast...  I like the mast PoV!  Or, even better, both!!!!


Rob

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Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...

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3 months 2 days ago #33404 by DMax
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Awesome video Rob!  The mast certainly provides a great perspective.  Noticed it was really good for showing how you were selecting the runs to link them as well as when you were and weren't paddling.  

Cheers, Dave

Current boat: Fenn Swordfish S (Hybrid layup).
Previous boats: Epic V8 (Performance layup), Stella SR (Excel layup).

Location: Sydney, Australia.

"The sea lives in every one of us" - Robert Wyland.

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3 months 2 days ago #33405 by tve
Replied by tve on topic Helmet for GoPro/Garmin VIRB?
Who makes that mast?

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3 months 2 days ago #33406 by robin.mousley

Who makes that mast?

I did!  Click here to see the article:   Camera mast project

Rob

Currently Fenn Swordfish S, Epic V10 Double.
Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...
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3 months 15 hours ago #33413 by mcbit
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How does the mast fare if you capsize?

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3 months 3 hours ago #33418 by mcbit
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The mast is a great concept, how does it cope if you go for a swim?

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3 months 2 hours ago #33419 by robin.mousley

The mast is a great concept, how does it cope if you go for a swim?

I have come off once or twice with the mast on and it hasn't dislodged.  I do have a safety line on it and "Plan B" would be to pull it in and put it on my lap if necessary.

It's attached with velcro tape on the underneath of the base (partly to cushion it and partly to stop it sliding on the deck) and duct tape on top.  My thinking was not to have it too well attached for fear of damaging the deck if I came off at speed.  

I would hesitate to use it in proper Durban-type surf!

Rob

Currently Fenn Swordfish S, Epic V10 Double.
Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...

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2 months 2 weeks ago #33507 by mcbit
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I was happy to see it for real at Fish Hoek the other. It really looks the part! 

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