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How to install a GoPro camera on a surfboard tail mount FCS plug with extension pole

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Published on Jan 8, 2013

How to install a GoPro Hero 2 camera on a surfboard tail mount FCS plug, homemade extension pole surfing video rear surf mount, floaty backpack camera leash. MORE STEPS & TIPS BELOW.
1. drill a hole in the top of your surfboard as per the video,
2. clean out the drilled hole as per the video,
3. place tape over the grommet holes as per the video so that no resin gets in these so you and still insert your fin key,
4. full the hole with resin as per the video. Leave 2mm of the FCS fin plug above the board,
5. place something heavy on the FCS fin plug so that it doesn't float out of the resin,
6. sand down the 2mm protruding top of the FCS plug to it is flat with the top of the board. This will enable the grub screw to align with the grub screw indentation in the FCS fin plug fitting so the whole extension pole is secure and does not easily slip out of the board.




7. find a 1.5ft long bit of plastic electrical conduit
8. heat the pipe ends and slip in two square ended camera mountings so they shrink fit. These mountings will have to be brought separately from a GoPro shop. They fit into the camera and the FCS fin plug that come with the Surf Edition Go Pro camera pack
9. to attach the bottom mounting to the FCS fin plug fitting that comes in the Surf Edition camera pack - you will see the steel bolt is about 4mm too short. Use a hacksaw to cut around/off the last 5mm of plastic on the bolt and twist to remove it. The steel bolt tread will be now long enough to reach into the steel nut on the other side of the FCS fin mount and form a secure join.
10. the plastic pipe will not float well but the floaty back pack will float everything. To add buoyancy in the video I wrapped some bubble wrap and red electrical tap around the bottom end of the pole which works great. I have never lost a camera from my board yet. The whole 1.6ft long red setup floats very high on the water.
11. Attach the camera leash to the middle of the steel hinge on the housing and then attach the floaty backdoor camera housing. Run the camera leash down the pole holding it out of the way against the extension pole with a couple of rubber bands and attach the end to the leg rope plug or leg rope retainer.


MORE HELPFUL TIPS
1. Anti fog inserts added under an air con outlet c.17hrs before camera use is strongly recommended as the inside of the camera housing (lens area) fogs up often if there is any humidity inside the camera housing and if the water is colder than the air. See my other video on fog test solutions and tips. This surfing video was shot on an overcast day in the evening with no fog inserts hence it is not the best light and fogging wise. Hence I looked a many options to minimize fogging as per my other video.
2. place some electrical tape (blue tape in the video) between the base of the FCS fin plug fitting and board as a packer. This will reduce the shake of the pole.
3. the bottom mounting bracket hinge needs to be very tight as large whitewash can push the extension pole forward and flat with the board (which then only films the top of the board),
4. the leg rope never gets caught around the extension pole, your feet never touch the pole or the camera safety leash. Once its turned on you don't even know it's there.
5. if you can pull the extension pole out of the bottom bracket at the heat shrunk join this is ideal as you can quickly use the hand pole to easily video other surfers on waves as I did in this video.
6. I normally just paddle out then turn the camera on (check it is in the video select function) and record for 2.2hrs until the battery goes flat (a good 32Gig HD card can hold 5hrs footage). Turning the camera on and off often can flatten the battery more and is a hassle.
7. use GoPro ChinForm Studio to edit each clip - convert the file to another format - then any editing program to join any clips together and do further editing.

The below link shows you how to make cheap $2 anti fog inserts

http://youtu.be/erj6a9LEi6g

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