Along for a Ride at Hatteras Turnout

Today, NE winds ramped up across the OBX, and I had my first chance to test out the new GoPro Hero video camera. I attached it to my mast just above the boom. It worked well for filming the rider (me), but on opposite tacks, it pointed at the sky. I also tried mounting it on my ankle, but unfortunately by that time, my SD card was full.

Conditions were NE in the mid 20s mph range. Water was warm in the mid 70s and air temps were "brisk" for June. Jim, Keith, Martine, and I sailed in choppy wind swell. Waves were small on the inside. Perhaps tomorrow the swell will build, and wrap to produce ridable surf on the southern beaches. Hopefully more NE wind too?!

All in all though, here is the GoPro video. Note, for some reason the sound was full of static so I had to dub music rather than leave the narration. You can probably tell that I am talking to the camera...I attempted an on the water report, but the sound did not turn out. Perhaps next time!


At 6:37 AM, Blogger Ronnie Roach said...

What an awesome toy. Your readers will probably love seeing the shots and hating that they are at work.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Yea! Great perspective for catching the action. Once I work out the optimum mounting positions for the camera, and when we get some intense conditions (bigger surf?!), the videos should be quite interesting?!

stay tuned!

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Lano said...

Hey Bill, great first up gopro video, loved your facial expression on the jumps, and the loops were great as the world spun around....nice choice with TFC as well :)

Time for me to get me a gopro,

At 10:42 AM, Blogger PeconicPuffin said...

Nice! I like the jumps in particular (and the looping). Now I want to try that angle with my camera (the Oregon Scientific)...

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! You should consider using http://www.vsocial.com for sharing your videos. The quality is so much better than other sites. It's what we use on our site at GoPro http://www.goprocamera.com

There's a new update patch available for the camera that gives the camera a 40% improvement in video smoothness (yep!!) and adds a HI/LO sound setting option to the camera. The new LO setting is tuned for high vibration activities like windsurfing.

The patch is available for download here:


Follow the instructions in the ZIP file word for word and you're set!!

And here are links to a couple of awesome photos from another windsurfing customer...very cool!



If you have any questions you can email us at support@goprocamera.com and we'll be happy to help you!!!

Hi5 all wind peeps! :-)

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck is that Bill?? A soul patch??


At 11:51 AM, Blogger Steve Combest said...

Hey Bill.. Thanks for the ride! I'm sitting at my desk grinding away and then zip! I'm at the ocean riding a wave. Thanks for the break! Send some more!

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Billy,
What a great video! You ought to be in the movies! You are even more handsome than Brad Pitt and Fabio.

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great movie!!! I love that song!!! Make sure you install the patch...new one out soon...photo every 5 seconds for up to 1400+ photos when using NiMH batteries!

It's all in my mind...it's all in my mind...


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