Mounting GoPro Hero on OC1

I just got a GoPro Motorsports Hero Wide and I'm trying figure out the best way to mount it to my Huki V1-X.

I would like to rig it somewhere on my ama/iaku so I can get a side view of my paddling for technique analysis but looking at the various mounts that came in the package, I can't seem to figure out which would work best for my purposes.

I did a quick forum search but couldn't find anything on point.

Any suggestions? Rambo?

Submitted by effectivepull on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 3:28pm


#1 Fri, 01/23/2009 - 3:31pm

I made a super simple mount with a PVC T and cap. I have a longer one for the rear iako to get the camera up higher. The short one stays on by itself, and I secure the long one with hose clamps. Pictures enclosed...
Hope this helps. I'll post a new video once I figure out how...


#2 Fri, 01/23/2009 - 6:56pm

Very interesting set up. Have you given it a test run yet? The PVC fits snugly around the iakus with the hose clamp?

Will the slightly curved plate that came with the gopro fit snugly on the ama? Will it damage the paint if I take it off?

#3 Sat, 01/24/2009 - 5:30pm

I've used it for one session. It works great. If you look, I cut about 1/4" groove down the bottom. I also put layers of duct tape along the inside of the T, where the PVC pipe would go. The duct tape makes the ID the same over the length of the T, and the groove allows compression with the hose clamp. I haven't actually tried the hose clamp, yet, as I just duct taped it on the trial run... Going to try it next time out, but I assume it will only work better that the duct tape, which was fine, but difficult to move to a different location once it's taped down. I didn't want to tape the mounts to the boat or the ama, because once it's on, it's on. Moving it to another location would be a total hassle (and I assume you could scratch up the gel coat trying to remove it, too). The first time I took it out, I actually duct taped the black plate the camera came on down to the ama. It stayed really well. Hopefully, I'll learn to download a movie to my web page tomorrow. If so, I'll post the movie I made with the PVC mounts. I tried to post it to this forum, but it wouldn't work for me...
Aloha and good luck with the mount,

#4 Sat, 01/24/2009 - 10:37pm


To download a movie to this web page I got a free account with YouTube and uploaded my videos there then it has a URL in the upper right hand side and dragged or copied it over to my comment on this page. and Tada. I hop that makes scenes

I also used waterproof Olympus and got a mini 20$ tripod and used electrical tape to avoid the the after gunk. and put a floater wrist band on the camera. just in case

#5 Sat, 01/24/2009 - 11:08pm

I have the same camera as Mulus.

try this one

#6 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:47am

Go Pro has a bicycle handle bar clamp which I've used on my iako.

#7 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 11:09am

Eric, do you need stabilizers for your longer PVC pipe ?

#8 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 12:06pm

No stabilizers required. It stays pretty stable, but I'll let you judge for yourself whenever I can get the movie posted.

I haven't used YouTube or BlipTV because I don't have permission for the music... Not sure about the legality. I heard they are checking now or something? My friend Roxy is going to help me with it tonight...


#9 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 1:24pm

Here is the longer one attached to the iako... It is really stable. I also have a suction cup mount, but this allows for more versatility in placement.

#10 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 1:56pm


Nice setup. Simple yet effective. (adapt and improvise)

I believe you had used a smaller sized diameter PVC than that, it would have been less stable and it would bend/bounce more giving a shaky video. Plus it wouldn't have fit properly on your iako going smaller.

#11 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 2:59pm

It's 1" PVC and connectors. I took the iako to the hardware store to see if it was the right size or not. At least for the Pueo iako... If there was more of a gap, I would have had to build up a bushing to make it fit tight, but the 1" ended up fitting perfectly.

#12 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 3:04pm

Eric - you can buy music for that purpose online for relatively cheap.

#13 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 3:10pm

permission for the music? oh no

#14 Sun, 01/25/2009 - 6:10pm

Thanks, Hans.

I'm going to give your set up a go. Hopefully, I'll be able to swing by Home Depot today.

Can't wait to see the video!

#15 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 6:22am

me to hans

#16 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 6:34am

Glad I could finally contribute something useful to the forum. I've been stealing ideas for years... When you make it, make sure and use the glue for the post to "T" connection... When it was duct taped, it was too loose and could wiggle a little (I didn't glue it the first time out - when I opened my can of glue, it had hardned and I didn't have time to go back to the store...). With the post glued and the hose clamps in place, it is super solid. I leave the top piece "unglued" so I can adjust the panning for different placements... The short tube on the front iako requires neither glue nor hose clamps. It holds tight enough on its own. Just make sure to secure the lanyard to the boat so it can't go swimming...

#17 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 1:26pm

Just a few things to watch out for when you mount high, the limit of the 1" PVC with out stays is about 18 inches, beyond that the footage turns to "jello". Also the higher you go and the further out from the center of the hull, the more pitch, roll and yaw will effect your footage.

Mounting high also has the effect of "flattening" the waves ahead and puts the Cam out of the "splash clearing zone". Salt water drying on the lens will ruin your footage from that point on, however you can splash the cam with your paddle to clear it.

These are the reasons i mostly mount low.

Having said that, i did have a 5ft extend-able mast for my Hurricane a couple of years ago you may remember. It had two adjustable stays.

This setup would be interesting to use now that we have the GoPro "wide" cam available.

More info in the locker

And the video using it

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#18 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 12:41pm

What at the screw tabs on your hose clamps? Did you just replace the screw on a normal hose clamp, or is that a special kind of clamp? Looks a lot easier than carrying a screwdriver...

#19 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 1:29pm

They are available for purchase with the thumb tabs on them and the tabs are removable for safety.

Cheers Rambo

#20 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 1:35pm

I definately need to get some of those. Maybe Home Depot. Hardware Hawaii no have...

#21 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 2:43pm

Scotty, this are what i used on the Karel GoPro shoot. Both available from Gopro. The top one clamps onto the Iako's as well.

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#22 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 4:17pm

Thanks, Rambo!

Is that the Ride Hero accessory? Looks like it will come in handy on my mountain bikes too!

#23 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 5:40pm

Yep, and if i could be so rude , you could use it for making those "other" movies too ....hahahaha


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#25 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 7:28pm

Here's another mount idea i use

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#26 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 10:19pm

I sure like that foot well position I think Ill try that is that attached to a water bottle holder Rambo?

#27 Tue, 01/27/2009 - 7:41am

The old "Crotch-Cam" view.

#28 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 10:33pm

Also don't forget the head cam band, it works well with the new wide.

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#29 Mon, 01/26/2009 - 10:39pm

I bet the footwell view would be cool with the wide angle, too...

#30 Tue, 01/27/2009 - 7:32am

That's exactly what it is a bicycle water bottle holder. I noticed the screw positions on my friends Hurricane and mentioned to him that the screws were for just that. He was surprised and was going to take the bottle holder off an old bike to use.

#31 Tue, 01/27/2009 - 12:29pm

Yep Mulus, like E7M said, the Hurricane has 2 positions for a bottle holder. The one i used is plastic and the GoPro mounts to that. Handy to turn on and off and because it's centrally located and low, footage is very steady.

Cheers rambo

#32 Tue, 01/27/2009 - 12:44pm

My update - I decided I was going to try the pvc route before ordering the sex video mount. ;)

I went to Lowes and picked up a T-joint, some pipe and an end cap. The 1 inch piping fits the Huki Iaku perfectly the T-joint slides on snugly. No need for the hose clamps. I am fairly confident it's not going to slip.

However, the cap I got is a bit too curvy/domed to get the base to stick snugly on the cap. I'm going to hit up another hardware store tomorrow after practice to see if I can find a flat end cap.

#33 Fri, 01/30/2009 - 6:21pm

Glad it's working out. At Hardware Hawaii, they actually had the flat caps and curved caps in the same bin. I almost bought one of each on accident... Once you find the flat one, it works like a champ. I only need to use the hose clamps on the extended pole. It needs the extra stability... Try and post some footage once you get it working.

#34 Fri, 01/30/2009 - 10:33pm

Here's some footage of me and friends warming up this morning - I forgot to delete the pictures that were on the SD Card so it filled up before we got into the meat of our piece where the dolphins and seals were out in force.

It was flat as a pancake this morning but the weather was beautiful.

#35 Sat, 01/31/2009 - 9:00pm

Effectivepull, is that a Hero 3 or Hero 5 wide?

#36 Sun, 02/01/2009 - 10:37am

So im gonna get one. What model do you have to get to get the 170 degree view AND the suction cup mounting equipment? Is that what most of you guys are using?

#37 Sun, 02/01/2009 - 5:47pm

Hey Clarkie!

I got the Motorsports HERO Wide (5 megapixels) and rigged the camera on my front iaku - almost exactly like hanshead (see his post above). The pvc parts cost me about $2.00.

I'll eventually get the bike mount (the one Rambo attached to the top of the paddle above) so I can also use it on my mountain bikes.

#38 Sun, 02/01/2009 - 6:07pm

I've got three hero 3's, gunna get skinned by the Mrs but I want one of those wide's, that's a great view.

#39 Sun, 02/01/2009 - 9:59pm

Here is another mount idea;

I made a simple mount with a PVC T and cap. You can rotate the cap to adjust the camera angle.

Pictures enclosed…

#40 Wed, 06/10/2009 - 1:00am

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