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Galapagos GoPro BodyBoarding (with my Daughter)

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Galapagos Islands

Sure the Galapagos has amazing animals and incredible landscapes. But what about bodyboarding? 🙂

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During a few free hours on Isabela Island, Drew and I went bodyboarding. And it was one of the highlights of our trip. We laughed (and screamed) for a solid hour. It is something I will never forget.

We borrowed boards from the Red Mangrove Lodge (where we were staying) and went to the beach directly in front of the lodge. The waves were not very big – but perfect for young children and families.

I shot the video with GoPro Hero3 with a floating handgrip for GoPro. Because it is completely waterproof I didn’t have to worry about the camera – just about staying on the board…

You might recognize this beach from our GoPro sunset timelapse video. This is also the same beach where Drew learned to snorkel during our first Galapagos trip. This is one of my favorite places in the Galapagos.

Galapagos GoPro Bodyboarding

Watch video on YouTube.

Boogie Boarding on Isabela Island, Galapagos

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Drew waiting for the next wave

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Catching a great Galapagos wave

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Not quite as rough as it looks…

How To Shoot Bodyboarding Video

In addition to your GoPro, you’ll need two accessories to shoot great bodyboarding video. I shot this video with my very first GoPro – a Hero3 Silver. Since then we’ve acquired quite a set, including the newest model, the Hero7 Black. The beauty of the newer models, is that you don’t require a waterproof housing – they are already waterproof for most settings – like snorkeling, pools, and bodyboarding.

1. Anti-Fog Inserts

Because of this video, I learned an important GoPro tip: water shots require anti-fog inserts. You will require these if you are using a waterproof housing with your GoPro.

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These inserts come in a 24-pack for less than 8 bucks. These come vacuum packed, so they are ready to use out of the package.Read about how to eliminate GoPro lens fog.

2. Floating Hand Grip

For this adventure, I mounted my GoPro to a floating hand grip.

I love this grip – because it’s easy to hold on to – and it floats. The wrist strap keeps it close – even if I drop it (which I did). But because it floats, the camera should never get away.

I shot about a dozen short clips – along with lots of individual photos while we were in the water. After, I compiled the highlights into this video.

Curious about the grip? Check out the Floating Hand Grip on Amazon

Here’s how to install a GoPro bodyboard mount.

Have you been here? What is your best unplanned travel experience? Please share it in the comments below…

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

1 comment… add one
  • lisa Jul 12, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Great shots. Looks like you had a blast.

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