For each boat test, we mount several cameras on the kite, kite lines, and boat in order to have a visual record of performance. Don is always experimenting with new camera technology, but currently we are using almost entirely GoPro HD HEROs for the video footage. For stills, we use the older GoPro HEROs and Pentax Optio W60s. The HD GoPros are capable of taking very high quality footage and have a nifty wide-angle lens. Unfortunately, that lens means that they aren’t the best kitecams. The W60s are still a good option for the kite, but their video quality is noticeably lower.
As you can see in photos, the GoPros are not waterproof; they are housed in little waterproof cases that can be mounted onto the boat or kite. The W60s are waterproof, so they can be screwed directly into the mounts or held in place using simpler soft cases. They’re also good for passing around between wet sailors. The linecam rig is something that Joe built and that he attaches to the lines after the kite is up.
This video shows some of the places that we mount the cameras on the different test platforms. It was shot entirely by GoPros mounted on the kite, lines, or boat.Return to News