Ok, I have no illusions of being the next Justine Curvengen, Bryan Smith or Simon Willis. However, I would like to get more interesting shots from the kayak and in particular some video footage.

However, my main issue is that 99% of my paddling is done solo as I have to snatch paddles, often at unsociable hours, to fit in with my young family so do not have the benefit of another paddler to share photo/video taking duties.

I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about a deck mounted solution of some description having tired of my current ‘hold the camera at arms length’ method or leaving the camera running on the shore.

I did look into a DIY effort, then after searching on the web came across a company based in the UK called Fast Films who specialise in vehicle mounting cameras. They had some relatively inexpensive, smaller mounts available which look as if they have potential to develop into a more robust system.

I have played a little with this and hope to trial it tonight so will feedback with some pictures or video footage.

My first thought is to look at a way of extending the arm on which the camera mounts as well as adding a form of safety connection if the suction cups fail. I was amazed at how tight they held on a laminated desk surface – but I’m sure as soon as you add saltwater to the mix things may change!

Boxed Kit

Boxed Kit

Main Parts

Main Parts

Built Mount

Built Mount

Feedback from folks who have any experience of this type of set-up very welcome!