If you already own a GoPro you know how great it feels to get underwater shots and to capture your outdoor experiences. And not damaging your camera or getting shaky footage while capturing cool shots. Now it’s time to step up your game and get a GoPro kayak mount to make those incredible outdoor shots even better.
The best GoPro kayak mounts include the YakAttack PanFish, Fat Gecko suction, UltraClamp, and GoPro adhesive mounts. Other mounts for filming your kayak trip include chest mounts and helmet mounts. Mount your GoPro on these 5 locations: kayak side, front/back, paddle, helmet, and chest mount.
With these kayak camera mounts, you’ll be able to capture your paddle without losing your camera.
7 Best GoPro Kayak Mounts
Here are my picks for the best kayak mounts for GoPro cameras.
1. YakAttack PanFish Pro Camera Mount
Even if it’s your first time using a GoPro, the YakAttack PanFish Pro is an intuitive system with plenty of instructions on how to use it available.
Although the new model no longer includes a ball system, it is very versatile allowing you to get all of the angles you want.
With nearly a 5-star rating on Amazon, this camera mount is ideal for you to carry around on your next kayaking trip.
It is compatible with a range of cameras including Nikon, Sony, and Canon and you can extend it as long as you need to.
You can use its 360-degree rotation feature to take selfies, and for vlogging too. It is super durable and easy to attach or detach from one kayak to the next.
2. Fat Gecko Suction Camera Mount (Delkin)
The Fat Gecko Suction Mount by Delkin is a very affordable GoPro kayak mount.
It has a lot to offer with its 360-degree tilt, turn, and rotation. It is durable for any shooting environment.
You can attach both action cameras and camcorders to the mount as it will hold both tightly in place. It is very lightweight although the suction is very strong and you can mount it on steel, aluminum, glass, and even the side of a vehicle.
Tests prove that the Fat Gecko performs best on glass whether it be a sliding door or a windshield. One user reported driving their truck for 5 hours with their Fat Gecko Camera Mount attached and it stayed on the whole ride.
I’ve used this mount on hotel windows and the side of my truck and it stayed steady. The suction cup is a 3″ industrial suction cup.
3. Pedco UltraClamp Assembly Camera Mount
The Pedco UltraClamp mount is universal and super stable. I prefer the 2.5″ model.
It can be used for scopes, binoculars, and cameras and can mount onto bars and railings. It is great to use during action sports as its ball and socket head allow for easy and fast adjustment.
You can position your camera at any angle and the mount can hold up to 6 pounds. It can attach to objects from 1.0-2.5 inches thick including car windows.
The Pedco UltraClamp camera mount works better than most tripods as it locks the position of a camera well and is easier to make adjustments.
This is one of my favorite mounts. And I’ve owned it for 10+ years. Here’s how I filmed a driving timelapse with the UltraClamp.
Here’s how the mount looks on the front of a double-decker bus in Cuenca, Ecuador. This is the most stable GoPro mount that I’ve ever used.
4. GoPro Large Tube Mount
This tube mount is very affordable and mounts solidly.
It has a nonslip design and has a 360-degree rotation with 16 secure positions allowing you to get the perfect camera angle when mounted on your paddle rod.
With its clean and simple design, you do not need to worry about losing small pieces or having shaky footage while recording.
The large tube GoPro mount is
- Very easy to secure with 16 secure positions
- Perfectly designed to fit around pipelines, poles, and railings
- Features full rotation to capture any angle
- Compatible with all current GoPro models
- Fits any 1.4 to 2.5in (3.5 to 6.35cm) diameter tube
The hinge design keeps the clamp easy to remove or reposition as needed.
Specifically, an included vertical mounting bolt takes the hassle out of switching between different points of view (POVs).
Plan on stopping for a quick swim and snorkel? For hands-free filming, you can mount your camera to a GoPro dive mask.
5. GoPro Jaws: Flex Clamp
What’s unique about these GoPro Jaws is that you can attach your camera directly to the clamp if you want low-profile mounting.
Its quick-release base makes it easy for you to move your camera between different locations.
The adjustable neck allows for different shooting angles. The GoPro Jaws clamp works best around railings as it could be difficult to attach it to different places with its narrow mouth.
The gooseneck attachment allows for lots of flexibility with its grill probe buckle mounts on both ends allowing you to use it with any other GoPro mount you already own.
The clamp can hold up to a 2-inch grip and a 2-inch diameter making it different from many other mounts on the market.
6. GoPro Performance Chest Mount
Not only is this GoPro Chest Mount very affordable but it is also very unique compared to the other mounts we’ve discussed so far.
It is breathable and lightweight allowing you to stay comfortable during any sport or activity.
You can record videos hands-free as this design is well crafted to remain stable even through fast movements.
You can even wear these chest mounts over big jackets and it is made for all different body types too. This chest mount is fully adjustable and has a quick-release buckle allowing you to get in and out of the mount quickly even if you have gloves on!
7. GoPro Helmet Front + Side Mount
If your kayaking adventures require a helmet, this is the perfect mount for you. This GoPro helmet mount puts your camera a true POV perspective.
This mount is compatible with all GoPro cameras and you can easily attach it to your helmet (adhesive) either on the front or side of it while kayaking so that you can capture all of your cool adventures.
It includes a swivel mount assembly making it easy to adjust to different angles. It includes an easy-to-use mounting buckle and is ideal for any outdoor sport including skiing and diving.
The mount includes a thick, shock-absorbing back making it able to withstand vibrations or any sudden movement during activities.
Learn more about GoPro helmet mounts.
See our guide to the best GoPro mouth mounts. We include 6 tips for filming with a bite mount.
More reading: How to Dry Water-Damaged GoPro
5 Best Kayak Mounting Locations
This comes down to the environment you are in. Some kayak trips are on calm water and at a slow pace. Others are on white water and require everything to be clamped down.
Most of these mounts also work for car vlogs, bike riding, skiing and so much more.
They are all perfectly crafted to give you smooth shots no matter where you are or what you are doing.
Decide which GoPro mount fits your needs. In particular, the most dynamic footage is shot from
- Front/back of kayak: Adhesive or suction
- Side rail: YakAttack or UltraClamp
- Head: Head Mount or Adhesive Helmet Mount
- Chest: Chest Mount. Here are the best GoPro shoulder mounts.
- Paddle: GoPro Tube Mount
If you are going to handhold your camera, you should pick up a GoPro floating handle.
How do you plan to use your GoPro while kayaking? How have you been mounting your camera?
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Bryan Haines is co-founder and blogger on ClickLikeThis. We cover action cameras and outdoor photography with a focus on GoPro cameras.
He is a travel blogger at Storyteller.Travel and co-founder of Storyteller Media, a company he started with his wife, Dena.