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GoPro mounting solutions for stand up paddle boarding (SUP)

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is taking off in a big way here in the UK, and when you consider the benefits its not hard to see why: its a great way to keep fit, get outdoors and spend time with friends.

Like all other water sports, recording your sessions with an action camera can be a great way to relive and share all of your SUP adventures.

The best cameras for this task are built for purpose HD action cameras, such as a GoPro or Drift HD. These cameras and others like them are designed to withstand the inevitable knocks and bumps that come with paddle boarding, but most importantly they’re water resistant (though admittedly if using a GoPro you will require Waterproof Housing).

Mounting your action camera for SUP

There are several ways which you can mount your camera for SUP, depending on the style of video you’re looking to capture. Here are three popular methods.

For the sake of this post, we’ll be using a GoPro as an example, but these methods will work with most other action camera models too.

1. Board mounted

This is perhaps the most common mounting method, and one that’s been used for years in the surf community. For this method you will need a GoPro surf mount (£19.99 from Amazon), which can be securely fastened to the tip of your board via the adhesive pad.

The result will be something like this;

2. Paddle mounted

This is a great method for capturing 360 degree views, and for videoing yourself as well as your surroundings. Perhaps the only downside is that the video will be less stable than the example above.

There are no specific paddle mounts out just yet (watch this space), but you can easily secure a GoPro to your paddle using either a GoPro Handlebar Mount or Roll Bar Mount, just be sure to check the size of your paddle before purchasing.

The result will be something like this;

3. Body mounted

For body mounted options you might want to try either the GoPro Head Strap Mount, which is great for capturing point of view footage, or the GoPro Chest Mount Harness, which will result in something like this;

Ultimately choosing how to mount your GoPro to either yourself or your paddle board comes down to personal preference, and the style of video you’re looking to capture. Using multiple mounting techniques in a video can be an interesting way to show different perspectives of your trip.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave a comment below. Happy SUPing!

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Matt B

Snowboarder | Cyclist | Rookie SUPer