If you’re an adrenaline fiend who loves nothing more than hitting the wakeboard on a hot summer day, you’ve probably thought about strapping a GoPro camera to your head or chest to capture all the action.
But is it safe to use a GoPro camera when wakeboarding? We talked to experts to find out.
According to the many exciting exploits of the GoPro Athlete Team, the answer is yes, it is safe to use a GoPro camera when wakeboarding. There are many videos online showing a GoPro filming while doing not just casual wakeboarding, but extreme versions of the sport being conducted by seasoned professional.
The fear of using a GoPro when wakeboarding — assuming you are the person on the wakeboard, not steering the boat — is that the combination of speed, water, and impacts will be too much for the small camera to bear and will flood the device. But have no fear, the camera is design to handle such extreme situations.
While the camera’s safety is the primary concern, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings when you’re wearing a GoPro camera while wakeboarding. Always make sure to keep your head on a swivel and be aware of what’s going on around you.
Another potential hazard of using a GoPro camera while wakeboarding is losing the camera if you fall. To prevent this from happening, most people use some sort leash so that if the camera was to come free of its mount then it will be held in place by the leash, not sink to the bottom of the lake or float away. A simple lease can be attached to a rope-, helmet-, or chest-mounted GoPro.
So there you have it, it is safe to use a GoPro camera when wakeboarding. Just be sure to be aware of your surroundings and attach the camera to your body so it doesn’t float away if you fall. Now go out and get those killer shots!