In this post, you'll learn how to install the GoPro bodyboard mount. And you'll also find tips for shooting while bodyboarding. And I include 4 alternative mounts for bodyboarding – in case you don't want to drill a hole in your new board.
Using a bodyboard mount will give you smoother shots than hand holding the camera (like I did here). This mount is great for shooting immersive point of view (POV) footage or some incredible selfies.
If you don't have your bodyboard mount yet, you have a few options:
- GoPro Bodyboard Mount: Fits bodyboards, soft-tops, or foam surfboards/SUPs up to 3.5″ (8.8cm) thick. Comes with mount, short and long base screws, camera tether, locking plug and mounting arrow.
- Williamcr Bodyboard Mount: ($14.99) Very similar to the GoPro mount above. This mount notes that it is compatible with boards from 3.8cm to 8.8cm thick.
These are different than a GoPro surf mount. Surf boards are made of a more rigid material and don't need to be drilled (like a bodyboard). A simple adhesive pad does the trick to take your GoPro surfing.
Note: Neither of these mounts were available in Canada or the UK. You might need to order them from the US and have them shipped to you.
To install your mount, here's what you'll need:
- Bodyboard mount kit (see above)
- Screwdriver: to poke a hole in your foam board.
- Coin: to tighten the base screw to the mount
With all these pieces ready, lets get started!
How to Install the GoPro Bodyboard Mount
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GoPro Bodyboarding Tips
In addition to the mount, you'll want to consider two more details before hitting the waves:
- Lens Fog: This can form on the inside of your waterproof housing. Here's how to prevent it.
- Lens Water Drops: Water drops will hang on to the outside of the housing – and can ruin your footage. Here are 5 ways to prevent water drops on your GoPro lens.
More reading: How to use GoPro underwater
4 Alternative Mounts for BodyBoarding
Not keen on drilling holes in your bodyboard? No worries. Here are four alternative bodyboard mounts.
GoPro The Handler (Floating Grip)
This is my favorite – it gives the most flexibility – just point it where you want to shoot. Of course, there are are drawbacks – like reduced stability.
GoPro Mouth Mount by MyGo
This mount is listed as the best mount, as used by GoPro athletes Kelly Slater and Anthony Walsh.
GoPro Bite Mount w/ Mounting Buckle
So this isn't the most flattering mount – but it provide stable, hands-free POV shooting. Comes with an integrated mounting buckle – so you can clip it into your board mount when it isn't in your mouth.
Includes floaty to keep your camera visible in case it falls out of your mouth.
Wrist / Hand Mount (Rotatable)
Easily rotates 360 degrees and also tilts up/down without unmounting the camera.
Works well in / out of water and is adjustable for most adult sizes. Along with the original wrist mount, this can also be used on your leg/angle for a unique perspective.
If you're using your GoPro without its waterproof housing, you can't use the floaty back door. Instead, you should consider the Bodhi Floaty Case. It is bright orange (making it easy to spot), doesn't block the screen, and works great with head strap and chesty mounts. It is made for the new line of GoPros – including the Hero7, Hero6, and Hero5.
Another floaty option is the floating strap. It is kind clumsy and not very attractive. But it will float your camera and keep your camera around your wrist.
Please share your tips and questions below!