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Do you use a waterproof case with your GoPro?

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Created by lakedynamis Two weeks ago, 10 May 2020
lakedynamis
5 posts
10 May 2020 7:10PM
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Hi,

I would like to ask, whether a waterproof case for a GoPro (Hero 8) camera is a necessity while windsurfing. GoPro claims its cameras to be waterproof up to 10 meters depth. Is it enough to withstand crashes or do you use a waterproof case for extra insurance?

segler
384 posts
10 May 2020 8:39PM
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My GoPro 5 Black is also waterproof. I have used it for windfoiling without a case many times. No problems. I don't know if a case for an already waterproof GoPro is even available.

Manuel7
376 posts
11 May 2020 2:40AM
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No problem with my hero 5 session except... when the door opened when flipping the sail at the beach start! The small door is harder to open on my replacement model and I'm more careful when starting off. Hundreds of sessions on both cameras.

lakedynamis
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12 May 2020 12:09AM
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Thank you for the replies! It is good to know that these cameras withstand the impact of water while windsurfing without an extra case (there are waterproof cases which people use for deep diving, so I was considering to get one of these).

By the way, do you use some rope or something to tie the camera to the boom or to the helmet so that the camera would not get loose and sink in case of a hard crash? Or is the standard mounting strong enough to avoid these kind of situations?

mariachi76
53 posts
15 May 2020 6:06PM
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lakedynamis said..
Thank you for the replies! It is good to know that these cameras withstand the impact of water while windsurfing without an extra case (there are waterproof cases which people use for deep diving, so I was considering to get one of these).

By the way, do you use some rope or something to tie the camera to the boom or to the helmet so that the camera would not get loose and sink in case of a hard crash? Or is the standard mounting strong enough to avoid these kind of situations?


Highly recommended to tie the camera with a rope to something.
I didn't do and my headmounted Hero 7 went down the sea when I made a catapult.
At least it happened in the holy waters of Hookipa in Maui. Best grave for a windsurfers camera :-).

My Hero 8 is now always tied to everything :-).
best regards
mariachi76

Manuel7
376 posts
15 May 2020 10:18PM
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Broke my bike mount a few times. I attach a leash to the hinge of the mount case door. Worked really well.

segler
384 posts
16 May 2020 10:38PM
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Yes, always recommended to use a leash to an expensive camera. I use a meter long coiled key leash.



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