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yvanboniec



Joined: 08 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:23 am    Post subject: Torpedo-shaped Underwater Camera Reply with quote

Hi girls,

The other day, as I was standing up on my windsurf, I saw what appears to be a manhole cover stuck on the seabed. Or at least that's what I thought until it started moving. And even at that stage, I thought it was my windsurf moving that gave me the illusion that the manhole cover was moving on its own. But hey, I realized it was a massive sting ray (at least 1 metre large) that had dug itself into the sand.

Then, when I sailed back to shore, I saw another one (I believed it was the same and that I was really lucky to see it twice in half an hour), but then I saw several more, swimming from right to left under my board leaving a trail of sand. I also knew that my Borat-style navigation skills was likely to impress them.

The water was very shallow - I had water till my knees. I could have easily stepped on one of them.

The sail club told me that they get close to shore if they are fisherman at sea and that they stay in large groups.

On another day, I decided to windsurf on a dark area (I assumed it was a swarm of small fishes) and I was right (yes it was a swarm of small fishes). Wait till I bump into a shark.

I was considering buying an underwater camera to shot these events which are more interesting than me sailing in low winds, but the shape of my Go-pro-type camera is not hydrodynamic at all.

Can anyone suggest a torpedo-shaped underwater camera to shot my underwater overachievements ?
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dennis_c



Joined: 05 May 1998
Posts: 612
Location: Rio

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir,
You appear to be a master of innovation, so I can imagine you adapting one of these surfboard fins to your task: http://www.turbotunnel.com/
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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You ought to check out the custom carbon camera/video housings that George Greenough has made in the past. Not only that, but you should also take note of the unique designs that he innovated and made specifically for windsurfing. The one he's most known for is the reduced diameter mast.
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yvanboniec



Joined: 08 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:16 pm    Post subject: Great ! Reply with quote

Great !

At first, I thought I would just attach a camera to a dental floss filament and drag it.

Abdul, my wingman (he is a surfer and will remain so as he is too short to reach the boom) told me that knowing who I am, he would expect something a bit more edgy.

So I came up with the idea of drilling a hole in the fin and attach a camera on the side of the fin using screws, but the turbo hole will do the job.

Since the hole is there, later I might attach a perpendicular surface which would create a heavenly foil effect that would allow me to plan earlier.
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DanWeiss



Joined: 24 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With all due respect, attaching anything to the fin will kill whatever performance it now offers. Seriously, whatever option you select, I suggest placing it anywhere but on or directly in front of the fin.

Take a look at this video. I think it might take you in the direction you wish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=NL&hl=nl&v=jocyXW5DErM

Also, don't bother with designing a "foiling" fin for the rear of the board. Doing so will only force the nose down. Foiling success has been found by locating the foil forward, between your feet. http://www.ahd-boards.com/models/afs-1/en

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